(Closed) Tons of questions as I start planning… HELP!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

1) You can pick whatever colors you want! It’s your day! I think it’s a beautiful choice for a September wedding

2)You can add small touches to the wedding to have people get involved. Maybe have a wishing tree where people write their advice for the couple..or a handprint tree (people put their handprints on a tree and write their name). Candy buffet, etc. You can still have a simple wedding with these touches

3) Is there a place that has special meaning for you two? Maybe where you met? Do you have any hobbies you share together? For instance, if you like art you can have your pictures taken in the lobby of a museum (I know that’s a pretty bad example..but hopefully you get the idea!)

4) I found most of my inspiration online. You can go to Michaels, Jo Anns, etc. there usually is a wedding section there. I bookmarked all of the things I liked..googled “Flip flop basket tutorial” and then bought all of my materials from Michaels.


Sorry if this wasn’t much help. Enjoy planning!

Post # 4
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Big Truck:  It’s okay to feel overwhelmed but I promise it will work out. Here’s my toughts and opinions on your questions. Congrats first off!!!!!

  1. Initially, I wanted my colors to be ivory, peach, pink (not hot pink), and navy blue.  I don’t know where the navy blue came from, I guess to even out the bright colors.  Is navy blue too dark for an early September wedding?  I wanted my bridesmaids to wear navy, but maybe it’s too dark of a shade?  Thoughts? Navy blue will be awesome for September in my opinion, but I’m a September baby and love sapphire for my stone so navy blue is AWESOME for september and the other colors you picked to go along are perfect.
  2. I’m afraid my reception is going to be boring.  I’m trying to keep things simple, but I don’t want it to be BORING.  We’re going to have a DJ and I assume do some of those little games during the reception but… I don’t know…. Like I’m concerned that the decorations will be boring.  All I’m really planning on having is the cake/cake table, flower centerpieces, and a gift/card table.  Maybe fun pictures on the tables as table numbers?  I don’t know… What can I do to spruce things up a bit without going overboard? Make sure you spend extra time with making your DJ decision and budget a little extra here I’ve been told “Your DJ is what makes or breaks your reception” true, just think about it! Your decorations seem fine, I’ve also been told “No one will ever even remember your decorations” do not break your budget here, it’s not worth it.
  3. I would like to do an engagement shoot with Fiance at some point, but time is running out, as I’d like to send out Save-The-Date Cards pretty soon.  Does anyone have any ideas on where we could do an e-shoot that would look nice, but not have us freezing our asses off?  (It’s a balmy 36 degrees in NJ today….)  I’m sure the photog would have suggestions, but I’d like to bring ideas to the table myself (aka suggestions I’ve stolen from you bees who are much more creative than I am haha). Do engagement pictures they are so fun! We went off a suggestion from the photographer. Take this thought into consideration “Your photographer will recommend places he has already done photo shoots, there for he knows the right lighting, perfect settings for poses and everything he may need for the photo shoot there” just my opinion. We loved the places our photographer recommended and they were places we had never been or thought of. 
  4. Is there a place I can go (like a store or something) that has like a shit-ton of wedding related crap to buy?  I just need inspiration, but I’m finding myself overwhelmed by everything on pinterest and SMP.  Like I don’t know where to start and it stresses me out. Research everything you want to buy online first, it’s usually cheaper even after shipping. That’s what I did with almost everything. If you are going to do stuff in bulk (table runners, napkins, chair sashes) order a sample first to make sure it’s the right color.

Sorry this is so long just tried to answer them all! Let me know if you want to know about anything else. I’m not married yet but started planning a long time ago lol

Post # 5
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

1) I agree 100% with Gabrielle123 – have whatever colors you want and don’t get caught up in the season.  First of all, I think navy can be used in any season.  Second, does anyone really notice/care at your wedding if your colors are a different season than you’re in?  I don’t think so.  I’m using Spring colors and getting married on Sept. 15th and couldn’t be happier about it!


2)  Your reception is about the people that are there, so I don’t think you need a ton of details to make sure it’s not boring.  If you provide good food, drinks and music for your guests, they’re going to have a good time.  Incorporate details that are meaningful to you but don’t worry too much about it.


3)I also agree about maybe going somewhere that represents a hobby or pasttime you like?  Like maybe a sports stadium, ball park, museum, hiking area (I’m trying to think of what people like to do together but I’m sure you get the picture).  How far are you from NYC?  We’re in Hoboken and did ours under the Brooklyn Bridge, and I absolutely love them. There are so many great places in the city that would make cool engagement pictures.  Just a thought. 


4) Go to Michaels – the actual store, not online.  I spent months searching online on all these wedding websites and craft stores, getting overwhelmed with everything.  Two days ago, I went to Michaels – I spent 2 hours wandering around and feel like everything just came together.  It’s nice to look at people’s weddings, but it was helpful for me to go to a store and see how I would even start doing/making things, rather than just seeing the final products on wedding websites and wondering how the heck I was going to get there and pull it all together. I highly recommend spending an afternoon there or maybe Joanns.  Great places to wander and get inspiration.


Enjoy planning!

Post # 6
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m getting married the week after you and my colors are grey, blush, and navy. 🙂

I suggest pinterest’s wedding board for sources of inspiration!

Post # 7
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got engaged iin Aug. and have 9 months to plan so I am on a similiar planning timeline and man was it stressful getting started as you probably already know.

1. I think your colors will look great. The peach and navy will look great together. Maybe your groom and groomsmen can wear navy jackets with khakis if you think it will be too dark for your BMs. You could also use the navy as an accent color to items such as paper goods and table numbers.

2. Make sure to do your DJ homework and that your DJ matches your personalities. Most of them are pretty bride friendly and want to do anything to make a good party whether its games or just staying in the background. I am also just having those tables and not much more. I would recommend something interactive for your guests to do. Maybe a fingerprint guest tree or a wishing tree. This helps with conversation and lets your guest get moving.

3. I would definite recommend a e-shoot. They are so much fun and really help you get to know your photographer. When we did ours it really helped us feel feel out different locations and helped the photographer see what style pictures we liked. Thanks to our e-shoot we have some pretty cool locations pocked out for our wedding day. You can also use the pics for so much more than STD…think table numbers, thank-yous, decorations. As for locations I can’t help. Talk to your photographer, they usually have tons of places they have used beofre- some you may have never thought of. Maybe a cool indoors area you guys like-museum, theatre. We did our shoot on a chilly 50 degree day.

4. Don’t get overwhelmed, even though it;s very easy with wedding planning. Almost as soon as I became engaged I became addicted to ETSY.com. It sells tons of handmade one of a kind items of all kinds, wedding is just a tiny part. I have favorites tons of items to use as inspiration or to purchase later.

Good luck..wedding planning can be so crazy and hectic but I know the result of all our months of hard work it will be worth it!

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