Post # 1
I got engaged just about 2 months ago and set a venue/date (May 3) this past weekend!
So, Ladies..what other big things should I be focusing on now? What comes next?
One of my biggest expenses (next to the food) will be the photographer.
When should i start dress shopping, too?
The wedding will be at a country club with an outdoor ceremony/indoore reception. No actual theme picked, but I want to incorporate our love of animals and the color lavender/lilac.
Post # 3
select your Bridesmaids, they will play a key role in helping you plan and (somewhat) keep your sanity 🙂
It is never to early to go dress shopping in my opinion, or start putting together your budget and doing a mock guest list to see about how many people will be attending.
Also a good idea to start looking at photographer and DJ
CONGRATULATIONS by the way on setting a date and choosing a venue
Post # 4
@blue_eyed_bride: Thanks! I probably should have added that I have the bridal party pretty much picked out (just waiting on some final decisions on GM!), and a mostly complete guest list. I’ve begun the photog process as well, but haven’t gotten too far into it!
I just feel like eveyone else is way ahead of me 🙂
Post # 5
I love this post! I just got engaged but am possibly looking at April 27th (and if not that, we’ll wait until early October). So I definitely feel you on feeling like you’re behind other people!
Since you already got the venue, do you have a budget outlined and clearly defined information on who is paying for what? That is what I’ll be doing this weekend.
If I were going to a traditional bridal store, I’d probably start looking in September.
It sounds like photography is pretty important to you, so I’d get that booked ASAP.
I’d start working on a wedding website, if you’re going to have one. I wouldn’t send it to anyone yet but I would want it done before sending Save the Dates, if you’re going to do them. I’ll probably look to put Save the Dates out in mid to late October if we go with April.
If you’re going to be registering, you might want to start keeping a list of items you would like to put on the registry. My strategy is to make a list BEFORE we ever go shopping. We have two furnished households though so it will actually be a challenge to come up with smaller registry items. So I am keeping my eyes peeled now and keeping a Note in Evernote where I write them down.
Just some off the cuff thoughts… congrats on getting your venue! That is huge. I think you’re right on track on a good timeline.
Post # 6
Assuming you’ve started thinking about guest list size and budget…
It nevers hurts to book vendors early. You can get the people you want and save you stress later. After the venue, we did photographer, florist and DJ next. Luckily I didn’t have to pick a caterer. Remember, most vendors can only do one wedding/day.
Depending on your location, you can also start thinking about hotel room blocks for out of towns guests. If there aren’t too many hotels in the area, you’ll want to make sure you get that done.
Just remember to enjoy yourself and try not to get too stressed out. Congrats!
Post # 7
@Kurzweil: Congrats to you! I almost went with an April date, but luckily one day in May worked out. I do like Spring and Fall, and this fall was too soon!
We have a budget to work with (for the most part). I”ve been saving up for quite some time now and my parents are helping out.
I think I have a good idea of what I need to do, it’s just timing it right that I’m focused on 🙂
Post # 8
@curlybride2012: Thanks! Luckily, the catering is part of the venue..so that’s already booked 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks Ladies! This has been very very helpful 🙂