Post # 1
Right girls, given that I only got engaged yesterday it’s a little early to start planning the big day just yet, but since we would like to tie the knot this summer I’ll have to begin sometime soon!
So to those of you who have successfully planned a wedding, and those of you who are in the process of planning one,
– what is vital to plan right away and what can wait?
– what is really a waste of time and energy, won’t do anyone much good and only you notice?
– what do you wish you had done?
– what things are really worth spending a bit more on? And which is it fine to scrimp on?
– and one final top tip for wedding planning and weddings in general!
Post # 3
Congratulations on your engagement! I am also still planning my wedding, so I can’t answer all your questions, but maybe I can help a little.
First, we put together a list of people we definitely want to have at the wedding, as a general starting point for when we went to look at venues.
Next, we found and booked our venue–they book very fast and you can’t really plan anything else until you know what the location will be like.
We didn’t move quickly enough to try to book a church and we are now having the ceremony outside, so if you want to get married in a church, you should probably try to do that ASAP.
I think as far as what is worth splurging, and what you should save on, it’s completely your preference. We are spending more than we expected on food, music, and we’re right at the top of my dress budget. But we’re saving on invitations, favors (I think we’re just going to bake cookies or something), and we’re not getting a limo. I think the priority is to make sure the things that are most important to you guys turn out great and that the guests have a good time.
And one final thing is what I keep telling myself when this process gets stressful:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.
Post # 4
I would say theme and colors first.
I started with an idea of colors and then had to scrap the things I had done when I fell in love with my theme…. the stuff I had done didn’t go. =(
Seriously think about your wedding party. I’ve had trouble with one of my Bridesmaid or Best Man.. and although I absolutely LOVE her, it would’ve been nice to not have to track her down, remind her of deadlines, and hear excuses on why she hadn’t gotten her stuff…. I’d rather have just invited her and gotten to enjoy her. 😉
Think about your guestlist size BEFORE confirming a venue…. you want to make sure everyone will fit!
For me things not to skimp on were photog & invites (but I made ours totally DIY so I still saved TONS of money for what I ended up with)
I would stalk the interenet for wholesalers & brides selling their decor… especially if it fits what you want
DO NOT order glassware online…. Even if you find a reputable company you have to account for the 100’s of hands your glasses/vases/chargers will go through before they get to you… don’t want broken things
I’ve really enjoyed using theknot.com for my checklist, getting ideas, & seating chart (wasn’t too found of their guestlist component)
I think that’s about all I can think of at this point….
OH and breath! enjoy the process… & keep your goal in mind =)
Congrats & have fun!