(Closed) Long Distance Planning – How do I get involved?

posted 9 years ago in Long Distance Relationships
Post # 3
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

As a fellow long distnace planner, I cannot stress the value of timelines too much. I’m not saying you have to follow them — just use them to write down what you need to do.

If I were in your shoes (which I sort of am – I’ll have 3 days to see 4 venues with inside catering, pick one, and book it, plus dress shop with mom, plus meet with djs and photogs if there’s time) I would go to the knot or real simple or another site with a good timeline, and make your own list – the must haves for your wedding. Then focus on which of those you need to do in person, and meet with everyone in that 10 days. It’ll be busy and crazy, but worth it to call your wedding your own.

Invites you can definitely do from far away (although if you live out of the country they’ll be hard to mail; maybe have them printed and sent to your parents if you can’t DIY them?), and Miss Poodle is proof that distance does NOT have to prevent you from DIYing other stuff.

You can do it – you just need to be hyper organized and go in ready to go strong every day.

Post # 4
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It seems like you have a lot of the big stuff done.  You mentioned the venue is a tent in your parents backyard- are you ok with that or would you like something different?  If so, then I would take care of looking at venues.  I would meet with the florist and talk about centerpieces and bouquets.  I would interview a few different people, not just the one person your mom contacted.  I would meet with the DOC and show pics of what you want.  I would hope this person has internet access and perhaps you can work together on putting together the look for the day.  I would pick out linens, china, etc. while you were at home if that needs to be done.  I think they thought I was nuts picking out table cloths 8 months before our wedding, but when you aren’t going to be around, you do what you have to do.

I say dress shopping for you & Bridesmaid or Best Man can be done from afar.  I did our Save-The-Date Cards online and met with an invite design person locally, which really made me feel more of a part of things.  She is also going to help me put together programs/menus, etc. to create a theme throughout.  Im doing a few projects myself and bringing them back for the wedding, but nothing big.  If you have crafty friends at home, ask them to help out.  It isn’t easy, but it can be done!

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