Post # 1
Hi Bees, my Fiance and I got engaged on Christmas and are looking at Aug 25th as our date. So far the ONLY thing I’ve done is buy mason jars for centerpieces. We don’t even have a venue picked. We have anappointment to look at a few next week and an engagevent shoot on Sunday, but other than that–nothing. We don’t even have save the dates. No vendors booked, no dress–nada. Should I be worried? I plan on having the venue do most of what I need except for catering
Post # 3
@CrazyBeautiful1: You’re a bit behind the time, but I’m sure it’ll all work out in the end! If it makes you feel any better, we’re getting married the 31st of August, and we’re behind on things, too..
What we’ve done:
- Ceremony venue/deposit
- Reception venue/deposit (also talked to coordinator about new dance floor–she’s waiving the fee, and only charging for the put up/tear down which is a measley $30)
- Linens – part of our package, but have to decide closer to our date
- Catering – also part of our package to be decided upon
- DJ – friend of FI’s – still need to pay
- Sent out Save-The-Date Cards with our Christmas cards
- Bought my dress
- Invites/RSVPs – designed (being redesigned because I can’t make up my mind, lol)
- Decided on BM/MOH dresses – still need to be ordered/paid for, though
I’m going crazy trying to find a photographer, right now, and we definitely need to find an officiant..
Post # 4
Who pays for the bridesmaids dresses? I thought the BM’s did…?
Post # 5
@CrazyBeautiful1: I got engaged on Christmas and am getting married July 27. I found the following fun of a short(er) engagement:
1. Be prepared to hear “that is booked”, but there are always lots of Friday and Sunday dates available for venues. Good news is that Fridays and Sundays are also cheaper!
2. Venues have all sorts of restrictions and such. If you want to bring in your own caterer, it might be a venue where you will also have to have a DOC, rentals, etc. Some places will only let you use their caterer as well.
3. Dresses typically need to be ordered 6 months or more in advance if they are brought in. I suggest shopping soon to ensure you get the dress of your dreams.
I think that you are doing fine! Once you have the big things booked (vendor, caterer, photographer, DJ, officient) you are pretty much free and clear. Find your vendor next week or so, and I suggest researching this week for other vendors you might want to use so you can set up meetings with them once the venue is set.
Post # 6
You’ll be okay! I got married July 31, 2010… and we didn’t start planning until January 2010. The hardest part for me at the beginning was 1) getting a dress that could get here in time for alterations without paying extra to rush the order, and 2) finding a venue with an open date.
We did have to be a bit flexible on our wedding date to get the venue we wanted (they had one weekend in July open and we took it!). I’d suggest getting started on the venue and dress immediately!
Other than those two things, everything else wasn’t a problem at all to get planned in time.
Post # 7
I planned my August 2011 wedding in about 3 months, so it really is possible. I got married on a Sunday, which made it surprisingly easy to find vendors available, so you may want to keep Sunday in mind if you have trouble booking for a Saturday
Post # 8
@CrazyBeautiful1: Depends on the wedding. Sometimes brides pay, sometimes Bridesmaid or Best Man pay. Usually brides pay for hair/makeup if they insist that there is something special that needs to be done, and generally brides pay for dresses if they are requesting an extravegant, expensive dress.
It’s really up to you!
Post # 9
You have lots of time if you are flexible on dates. I was engaged in April and had mydream wedding in sept! However,my wedding was on a friday and vendors were available. But i would get booking your venue if youre definately set on an august 25th wedding date just to be on the safe side! Everything else will fall into place.
Post # 10
It will be alright but you might have a difficult time finding a venue if you have something very specific in mind.
I would get on top of ordering your dress; mine took a while to come in and then had to be sent back…I was so glad I went early on that one.
I would definitely do the save the dates very soon as well!
Post # 11
@CrazyBeautiful1: Our bridal party is paying for their own dresses. I’m sorry for the confusion–I just meant that they had decided on the style, but hadn’t yet placed any orders, etc. :]