(Closed) No Idea What I Am Doing

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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9691 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

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