Post # 1
I just got engaged and need some advice about what the first things to do are.. I know first of all, finding a place, and then a date… But how do you know what to do? Are there any good books or anything you can recommend? I’m visiting my family at the end of Sept. and we’ll be looking at wedding venues… Is it best to go to the venues with dates in mind or see what they have open? We’re thinking Fall 2010/Spring 2011 – is a year in advance enough? I’m not feeling stressed or anxious, just don’t know what to start with or do 🙂 Any ideas for the newly engaged? I am so excited!! Thanks a lot!
Post # 3
Well, first of all CONGRATS!!!
As far as rec’s go, Real Simple puts out a publication that has some *really* great checklists in it as far as timelines and such go. I’m pretty sure they are on their website as well. This is the one I’m referring to (it should be available at almost any bookstore in the magazine section):
I did a LOT of checking on line before I actually visited with any venues in person, that way you can get a feel for how much it may be, etc (since for me it’s all dependant upon budget).
Post # 4
i was told that you should go ahead and determine a location, set a date and book venues. if you have time to plan, go ahead and book it AT LEAST a year in advance, especially if you are in a big city or the venue is popular. we are getting married in atlanta and some of the bigger ballrooms we are looking at are already booked through the end of next year.
when it comes to the date, really think about your schedule and what would be best for yall to decide, especially if you have jobs, immediate family, school so on because its not just about that one day, you also have to consider a honeymoon. if yall are pretty flexible, just pick a season that yall like and then narrow it down to a favorite month. if you dont really know, it will be good to go in with a flexible date to book in case your first choice is already gone.
if you want a wedding planner, start researching online or asking around. book an e-pic shoot. plan an engagement party with your family and friends. go look at dresses. think about colors, themes, etc. if you have a lot of time, it doesnt have to be too too specific, unless youre like me and cant wait!
my fiance and had have a 2 year engagement…now 1 year and 10 month :)…and we really wanted to play up our engagement so we did the e-pics and had engagement parties. i am too excited to wait so i have a wedding planner and have already begun deciding on details. there really is no order in which you have to do things after you have a date and venue when you have a long engagement but when it gets to that year mark, you should really start getting into it.
congrats on your engagement, enjoy it while it lasts!!
Post # 5
Good tips, gals! Thank you so much.
I’m off to Amazon to check out some books and such..
I can feel a new obsession coming on!