(Closed) Just got engaged! But now what do I do??

posted 5 years ago in June 2013
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Congrats!! Check out theknot.com they have a great checklist! 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Congratulations! I second the Knot checklist. It’s pretty comprehensive!

I think the first thing to do is figure out your budget and guest list – then you’ll know how much you can spend on each part of the wedding. Next, book a venue and start dress shopping! I think there’s an organization that gives free dresses to ladies planning military weddings, but I’m blanking on the name. Once the wedding venue is booked, send out save the dates – June is a popular wedding month and you want to give your out of town guests time to make travel arrangements. 

Congrats again!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

First things I would do is come up with a guest list range so you can know how many people to plan for (because this will affect the venue and budget). Then you probably want to decide what type of wedding you want.  Saturday night party?  Destination wedding?  Brunch?  Backyard wedding? Etc

Then I would write down what the 2 or 3 most important things are for you (photography? great food? the venue? party atmosphere? dress? flowers?).  Then I would try to come up with a budget and I would focus $ into the areas which were most important to you. Put less $ (or none at all) into those that aren’t as important

As far as what to research and book first….I would start with the venue and photography because those tend to be the most expensive things and if you do them wrong you can end up way over budget once you add everything else to it.  Get all your vendors booked ASAP because some of them will be booked a year in advance.

Since you’re only 6 months out I would send out Save the dates (if you are wanting that) and go dress shopping too ASAP because a lot of places will say it takes 4-6+ months for a dress to come in. 

Checklists will help.  Though I personally created my own checklist and timeline in Word based on a few different lists and I tailored it to my personal taste/timeline.  It actually changed quite a bit from the beginning to now!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

I hate TheKnot.com.  Personally, I prefer http://www.weddingwire.com.  They have a checklist, vendor search (much more complete than The Knot’s vendor search), guest list tool, etc.

Like others said… first come up with a budget and guest list.  Then go from there.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

I agree – budget and guest list.  I also made a wedding binder.  I can message you the link to my DIY binder if you’d like.  I include all of the worksheets I found and made that were helpful.

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