Post # 1
Hi Ladies! My future hubby just proposed last week, and I have finally been able to pull myself away from staring at the ring (almost driving off the road and being useless at work) and being awkward with my left hand so even MORE attention is drawn to it So, here’s my question, well a few questions…I have never given ANY thought to what comes after the ring…ever…weird I know…
So, don’t know where to begin on wedding plans, I know venue venue venue…can anyone help with the following – we DO know we want a rustic/elegant wedding, think outdoors, beautiful barn, mason jars….can someone help me with colors?? How to pick invitations and flowers? Centerpieces? Bridesmaid dresses?
Is a big dress to dressy for the rustic/elegant theme?
Post # 3
The first thing you need to think about is budget. That will affect all of your other decisions. That will help you with chosing the venue, decor, guest list, photographer, caterer, everything.
And as for the big dress, wear whatever kind you want! You probably want to go to the store and try on lots of dresses though since they always look different on your real body versus a model.
Post # 4
First of all – congratulations!
I’m doing a ‘vintage chic’ wedding, and because that can be open-ended, there are SO many possibilities. I started by looking at http://www.stylemepretty.com and searched for ‘vintage’ and ‘rustic’ and ‘outdoors’ to find inspirations.
Also, I knew I wanted it to feel really luxurious, so I’m doing pastels (lilac, blush, light green and cream) but am incorporating high end pieces like chandeliers and nice lounge seating everywhere.
Invitations…are you doing them yourself? If so, there are tons of ideas on the Bee – look under ‘paper’ and you’ll find so many inspirations. If you’re having someone do them for you, I would recommend Etsy…I’ve been swooning over these.
I don’t know about the dress part – that’s totally up to you. I’m doing a form-fitting lace gown…but I’ve always loved seeing dresses like this – actually, this would work great for the theme you’re looking for.
Good luck sweetie!
Post # 5
love your name! its the same as mine – you dont here Gina too often must less Gina Marie 🙂 so yay!
set a budget! have you set a date? if not i would start there – then pick your venue – pick your color scheme – then start looking at dresses/bm dresses/decorations etc.
colors: i love like a champagne color with a cornflower blue – you could even mix a chocolate brown if you wanted. but that is def more of a personal choice. if you have a color you like start there and see what goes with it.
i think a big dress would be fine! its your wedding day, if you have dreamt of a big dress go big! love the Mori Lee 4524..its a ball gown and has pockets! the belt is removeable.
Post # 6
Thank you ladies, great ideas too (I never would have thought of the cornflower blue and champagne!) I do love the lace fitted dresses, and it would “fit” the rustic theme, BUT I have always dreamed of the big dress with the belt! (Thanks Gina-Marie!)
As far as budget we are willing to spend 12-15k on the entire wedding. We are looking at venues that are $2500 and under (those that don’t charge a venue fee since you are catering thru them) they are few and far between, but distance to the venue is no issue for us (or our guests)
Kelsey I LOVE the pastel ideas as well, its gorgeous!
As far as timing, is it true you need a year to get everything set? If we find the venue within January is it feasible to get married in May/June?
Thanks ladies for all the congrats!
Post # 7
Congratulations! Are you really planning a June 2011 wedding? People will tell you this isn’t enough time…as long as you can get your dream venue you will be fine! Here is what you need to do ASAP.
- Figure out budget! Where is the money coming from, how much have you got, etc.
- Guest list. You need to figure out approx. how many people you need to plan for.
- Venue! Start looking for a place. What part of CA are you in? Do you have some venues in mind?
- After you have your venue booked you will need to start booking other vendors right away (if you are planning a june wedding).
- Everything else will fall into place!
Good luck and do your best to enjoy the ride!
Post # 8
I got engaged last November and got married in July. It worked out for us and we got every single vendor we wanted. I don’t think we booked our venue until like Jan/Feb. We also hired a coordinator to help with so aspects.
Post # 9
First of all, congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time and WB helps so much! Though it is possible to plan a wedding in only 6 months, you may run into a lot of obstacles along the way that end up costing you more than your planned budget. I don’t know if you live in one of those fabulous parts of California where it’s warm and sunny all the time, but where I live, May and June are really the best months to get married and vendors book VERY quickly for these months! Think about it: everyone wants to get married in May or June, everyone wants to do it on a Saturday, and there’s only 8 Saturdays in those months. So the high quality, less expensive vendors in your town are probably already booked for every Saturday in June. If you don’t mind it, you can have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday and you will find that there are more vendors available (that’s what I’m doing–getting married on a Friday evening in May).
If you do find a venue that is perfect and within budget and is available, I suggest that you quickly find and book your photographer, dress (my dress took 4 months to come in and my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses take 3 months, then you need alterations), florist, and DJ/band/ceremony musicians. Good luck with your planning and keep us posted!
Post # 10
Congrats! My fiance and I are also doing a rustic/elegant wedding! We made our own centerpieces. We used mason jars, took come wood chips and stained then the color we wanted, and then put an L.E.D tea light intop inside the jar! I thought they came out looking so beautiful! Also, the colors they say are burnt oranges, brown, or burgondy. Anything with a natural, fall, rustic color! We booked the things that were most important to us, and ended up spending the most on them. Our photographer was the most expensive thing. We decided that pictures were very important to us, so spending the extra didnt bother us! We arent that concerned about a limo, so we could skip there if we wanted. Also, we hand made out invites. We went and got a few different colors of scrappbook paper, and bought an ink pad called Distress Ink. There are a few ways to make the invite look rustic and vintage!! The ones we made came out soooo great! Hope these few ideas help you!
Post # 11
you can get it done! our engagement will be 7 months when we get married but by the time we picked a date we had 5 months to plan…it can be done 🙂
p.s. the dress i posted is around the $400.00 rage 😉 i almost picked it as my wedding dress