Post # 1
I’ve been engaged for a really long time, and I’ve only recently started actually putting things together. Sometimes I feel like I have all the time in the world and others I feel like I have no time at all. So far I’ve got:
- Venue, deposit already made
- Dress, it doesn’t come in until August
- Wedding bands, mine and his
- Bridal party
- Guest list made
- Menu set up and deposit made
Now I’m not sure what to do next. I’ve looked at checklists online, but I’m trying to take care of the bigger stuff first. Photographer? Meeting someone about a cake? Or should I start work on invitations? Or something else? Or, maybe I should just take a break for a month or so?
I’m a person who plans. I like lists, so not doing anything just kind of drives me nuts.
Post # 3
@SouthernGirl: me too. Look at Save the dates?
Post # 4
You’ve got a good amount done. Start thinking about decor and pinning stuff that appeals to you. Make sure you’ve got everyone’s addresses and set up RSVP spreadsheets. Browse wedding sites for detail ideas and just start collecting things little by little.
You’re really far ahead of the game! 🙂
Post # 5
@Girasole: Good idea 🙂
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: My Pinterest boards are filling up. Greatest (also the worst sometimes) invention ever. I’m ahead of the game? It makes me feel good to know that. I was feeling like I was behind.
Post # 6
@SouthernGirl: I totally understand where you’re coming from (July 2014 bride-to-be, engaged since Christmas Eve 2012)
I would look into a photographer next. Florists, bakeries, limo companies, etc. can book multiple weddings a day, but the photographer can only work one wedding, and if he/she is really good, you’re going to want to book them before someone else does!
Post # 7
I’m up to florist, dj/entertainment and dress rehersal/dinners location. IM currently unemployed so I have so much time it’s crazy haha. So far I have: venues, photographer, cake artist, some accessories, designed save the dates, decor thought off (currently collecting supplies) , received all my invitation paper yesterday! , guest list, engagement party list, doing engagement photos next month and sending out save the dates in June (since its a “destination” wedding- Im the only one who lives here) ! Groomsmens, bridesmaids, working on origami favor seed packets, dress rehersal invitations (although not officially made), dress and shoes… so I’m very far along haha.
Post # 8
I would definitely look at photographers next. They go fast! Probably flowers after that. We’re currently looking at invitations, Save-The-Date Cards, and DJs. After that we’re basically finished with the major stuff!
Post # 9
I agree – photographer is what will keep the moments for years to come. Next I would start to piece together ideas for the reception and song choices.
I am making notes about vow ideas since I would like to say some of our own on top of what the officiant will have us say in our vows.
You are not behind…I would suggest keeping a notebook of some sort and jot things down as they come to mind. The list is never ending and it is better to brainstorm =)
Post # 10
Hi date twin!
I’m super impressed with your list. So far I’ve got the venue (ceremony and reception), cake, bridal party, and florist.
I think a really good next step is the photographer since they book up quickly. Next on my list after that is DJ and officiant, and then I think I can relax for a while. Good luck!
Post # 11
@missmess: Thank you 🙂
Last night I bought invitation kits from Michael’s. I had a 50% off coupon so what would have been $60 only cost me $30 🙂 I also sent emails to two different photographers to see about their packages and pricing. Next on the list is talking to someone about a cake, and maybe flowers. I’m going to visit my mom today and she said she was going to start asking around for me about those things. After that, I think I’m good for a bit. FH and I have been continuously working on our song and guest list. The guest list is by far the most annoying part of wedding planning. It went from 80 to 60, then to 65. Not to mention my mom has a few people she thinks we should invite. I’m hoping to keep it down to 60. My venue only seats 100 and I don’t want everyone to be cramped in together.