Post # 1
I’m 18 and FH is 19. We are getting married on June 8th, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m feeling a little bit at a loss though. The wedding is a mere 5 months away and I feel like I have no idea what all needs to be done. No one in my family has had a wedding of significant size before, and most certainly no recent weddings.
Also, my mom is getting married in April, which is also putting a strain on my wedding planning because we are putting her wedding first right now.
Where should I be in my planning? How much needs to be done at this point? I am just open for suggestions and advice from any of you lovely bee’s!
Post # 3
Do you have a budget/guest list? Those are always a good place to start as it will dictate everything from here on out. I found that once I had that, a venue and a dress, everything else fell into place quite easily.
Post # 4
I would say you need your big stuff nailed down–DJ, photographer, venue, food, and dress.
If you are lost, go to The Knot and downlaod their checklist. I used that, and it was a great outline for me. I didn’t do every little thing on it, and I made some of my own as I went along, but it helped me get a feel for what I was missing. It also came in handy for the day of.
Post # 5
You should have a ceremony and reception venue at this point. As well as a photographer and caterer. Since you’re getting married in June, it will be slim pickings if you haven’t already locked down these vendors.
Post # 6
First thing I would do is make a guest list so you have the # of people, and then decide around how much you can spend. Then I would do the venue first, followed by photographer, DJ, dress, and the food. You should have your venue, photographer, DJ, food, and dress figured out ASAP. After that you can do the smaller things like invitations, flowers, Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, cake, transportation, decorations.
You are probably behind for major vendors as things tend to book up 10-12 months out from the wedding, which will probably mean you have less choices to pick from. So get started ASAP and get your dress figured out because those can take 4-6 months to arrive.
Post # 7
Find out by talking from other recent brides in Charleston what resources are scarce enough to book now. I worried a lot about a photographer, until after I’d viewed over 200 different photographer’s web sits in my city alone. Google and Yelp will help as well.
Also, if you and your mother are getting married in the same area, perhaps you can negotiate a two-wedding package with her with some of the vendors, such as the photographer or officiant if appropriate.
Post # 8
I would get a book or a wedding checklist timeline (google it) and make sure you have all the big things covered. Start with budget, number of guests, look for a venue for the ceremony and receptipn, then you can nail down vendors like the cake, photopgrapher, officiant, DJ, etc.