Post # 1
Im new here and I just started getting into this whole "wedding thing" FI and I set a date for christmas eve but unsure of what year either "09" or "10" we also have a set budget but im unsure of where to start looking if I should find a place first, if I should Find vendors first im basically stuck PLZ HELP!!!
Post # 3
Hi lilMama…congratulations! Weddingbee is awesome and you’ll probably find yourself here often. There are a couple of great resources here: the wiki…anything wedding you could possibly want to know about (like out of town bags, what are boudoir pics etc.), then there’s the Beehive boards (which you’ve found) and just last week, they introduced local boards. So not only do you get to hear from couples around the nation, you get to talk to actual brides-to-be in your own neighborhood.
I have a lot to say about getting started, but if you just click on some of the past Weddingbee discussions, you’ll be just fine:
http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/where-to-begin (my comment is near the bottom with a link to other advice…it’s like an advice snowball!)
Okay, I will say something…set a budget, set a budget and…set a budget. 🙂
Post # 4
I almost think that you find some things simultaneously… although that is probably no help. It seems like the two things mostly likely to be hard to get to line up are your venues and your photographer. For instance, we went into our venue with four possible dates, two of which were already booked. So we called our photographer really quick – he was only available one of the two remaining dates. Then we ran around and wrote checks really fast. We started a little over eight months ahead… and already had conflicts! You are starting pretty early, so that’s great. The caterer, the cake, the flowers, all can generally be booked closer to your date (especially cake and flowers, as they can reasonably do more than one event per day depending on their staff). A band may or may not book up early, depending on popularity. But I would try hard to research your venue and your photographer as soon as possible (if you’re going for 09; if 10 you have some time…) so as to make sure you can get your choices to be available on the same date.
Also, if you have two venues (one for reception, one for wedding) the process is further complicated, as you ideally get not only the date but the times to line up (so that your guests don’t have a long time between wedding and reception). If, like us, you’re doing both at the same place, it gets easier.
Post # 5
Congratulations and welcome!
I would look into venues you like that are within your budget first and then decide on a date that way. Or any other vendors that are of a priority. Everything else will fall into place slowly after that.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
Welcome! It is a good idea to start researching venues you like, and see what kind of budget they might dictacte (remember to do your research on how much all the other vendors will cost…. photographer, caterer if food isn’t included, florist, etc.). If that budget won’t work for you, then look at venue alternatives and eventually you will find a happy medium.
You have plenty of time to plan either way, but do keep in mind that certain vendors might charge you more for getting married on a holiday. Getting people to work for them on a holiday (I’m thinking caterer, venue staff, florist delivery staff, etc.) is more difficult, therefore they might need to pay their employees more and in turn you’ll get charged more. Just a thought if you’re not completely commited to Christmas Eve 🙂 (Or I could be completely wrong…. but make sure you talk to any prospective vendors about this first and make sure they won’t be adding any surprise surcharges down the line!)
Post # 7
I wrote this in the last post that Angel referred to, but definitely finding a place is #1, and the checklist on theKnot.com is SO useful!! Also, be careful about having a wedding on a holiday, especially such a big family holiday. You might get a lot of people who don’t come. I got flack from my family for just thinking about Labor Day weekend. Personally, I probably wouldn’t go to a wedding on Christmas Eve, but don’t let that stop you, just make sure it’s okay with all the important people! Welcome and good luck!!