Post # 1
I’ve been engaged for a month, and am planning our wedding for April 2011. We have a date we are hoping to get married on, but seriously every reception venue I’ve contacted for that date is already booked. I can’t believe so many other brides are getting married on April 30th, 2011! I’m starting to freak out about this planning stuff. Maybe I should get a wedding planner to have them do the stressful research?
Am I doing this backwards or something? Is it better to reserve a reception venue first and then the church?
Any tips or hints for a newly engaged girl would be appreciated!
Post # 3
Honestly, when I hired my wedding planner is when EVERYTHING started to come together! She basically does all the hard stuff for you…you just tell her what you want & she makes it happen! It’s taken a lot of stress off of me.
Post # 4
Yeah, brides jump on dates as soon as they’re engaged. And long engagments are becoming more popular. How attached are you to the date? I don’t belong to a church, religion isn’t a big deal to us for our ceremony. So the reception venue would be more important to me. Not only becaue its where most of your time is spent, but the food/decor/atmosphere are what makes a great wedding, in my opinion of course. If I were having a church wedding, I’d book a reception location that I love and see which churches were available.
I’ve been doing fine without a wedding planner, and its given me more money to spend on other things. But so many people rave about how helpful it is to have one. Good luck!
Post # 5
Its so overwhelming at first but then once you start breaking things down and giving yourself a timeline, everything falls into place. We are 7 1/2 months away and each month I have a checklist in my planner of things I need to accomplish by the end of the week/month. Example: My Fiance had until the end of January to book the Reverend and DJ. This month I had to meet w/ the baker for the cake and buy centerpeices – both are already done. I’m ahead of schedule so now I don’t feel overwhelmed and can add more stuff to my to-do list and its okay if I don’t get it done by the end of the month. A wedding Planner would be fabulous but I didn’t have the extra $$ to spend – plus I am a control freak :o)
Post # 6
Typically, you do want to book your reception venue first – but honestly, it doesn’t matter either way.
Don’t give up – you’re bound to find something! And, I would suggest looking into a planner. If you can’t afford a planner’s fee – maybe they can help with a customized package?
Post # 7
What area are you looking in?!?! It seems i have been to many weddings in the past few years with many options!
Post # 8
Good luck. In my opinion, your reception place will be harder to book, so you may want to go with that one first…can you find 4-6 dates that are available at the church and then try to find reception sites that are available on those dates?
Post # 9
Thanks for all the tips ladies! We’ve decided we are going to be flexible with our date, as the church is not likely booked as much this early.
I want someplace in the Twin Cities area, preferably St. Paul or northeast suburbs. Both the church and my dress are very large and formal, so I want a reception hall that is classy, elegant, and more formal. Also it needs a large dance floor and room for a swing band.