Post # 1
I am currently stationed in Afghanistan, my boyfriemd got orders to come out to Afghanistan 7 months after I had already been here and proposed! So cute. I was so happy. However when we return home in 5 months we will both be getting orders and we must marry quickly to get orders to the same base. I am planning a wedding all from what i read on websites. I think a wedding planner is what i need. Do you know how much they typically cost? I want someone who is mainly invovled during the day of but will take some pictures of my venue site for me too! I live in a smaller town (near a military base) in North Carolina…help ladies…anyone work with a wedding planner? Thoughts?
Post # 3
@mah434s: First of all, you and your guy are awesome and I wish you both a safe return home. Second, it does sound like you’re the perfect candidate for a wedding planner and I would think the right one would be more than happy to take photos of anything you needed, venue, flowers, whatever! I’m sorry I am not sure how much a wedding planner would cost to hire in your area but I’m sure other bees can assist. Best wishes and happy planning!
Post # 4
I agree with Cornflakegirl that a wedding planner is probably exactly what you need. Your friends and family back home will be lifesavers for you, too, since they can do all the visits and meetings and send photos if necessary. I had a couple of friends who planned their wedding in the US while they were in Japan, and the wedding was only a month after they got back. The bride’s mother and brothers did most of the scouting for her. You could also ask some of the other girls on this and other websites for vendor recommendations in your area! A wedding planner, however, would probably be best if you can afford it.
Congratulations to you and your fiance, and I hope you both stay safe. Thank you so much for serving our country.
Post # 5
My family lives in Missouri but all our friends and we are based in North Carolina. I wanted to have it close to where we live because i wasn’t sure if i was going to be able to get away to Missouri if i had it there. Most of my friends are guys and the three girls I am close with back home are all in Afghanistan too. I do know some of my guy friends wifes who are back in North Carolina….but feel it might be inappropriate to ask them to do stuff for me if i dont know them very well! Thanks for the help so far ladies. I’ve been debating this question!
Post # 6
I agree that a wedding planner is what you need. Here in northern California I’ve seen some that offer full service planning for $1,200 and up, but your area might be more or less expensive. A local planner will know most of the venues and vendors, and be able to give you recommendations that go beyond pictures and online reviews.
I don’t know where you’re stationed, but some posts/bases also have really nice banquet facilities that you’re eligible to use. Some are pretty much all-inclusive with pretty good rates. That might be an easy solution for you.
Post # 7
I planned my entire wedding from deployment also! You don’t need a wedding planner if you can’t afford it. You can get everything done using e-mail and scanning and sending back contracts and mailing deposits with checks or paypal.
I would ask for some help through the wives club or ombudsman. Just things like taking pictures of the venue for you. The rest you can get done yourself if you have enough time on the internet (not sure how much time you have in your station). The only call I regret making was my makeup artist who sucked, but I didn’t end up using her service beyond the makeup trial.