(Closed) What should be top priority for me at this stage in wedding planning?

posted 8 years ago in October 2011
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Does your venue provide food? Because if not that should be high on your list along with a photographer.

Photography can be VERY expensive if you want a good one.

After that I’d look into guest list finalization and Save the Date cards (if you need them).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’d start thinking about flowers, decorations, and food.  I’m doing the flowers myself and I ordered from bunchesdirect.com and fiftyflowers.com.  I bought some practice flowers from safeway and Trader Joe’s to practice with and that was that. 

Food was tough.  Since we are doing a backyard wedding at his parent’s house, I wasn’t sure about hot food.  We thought about an appetizer reception, and I had priced a few of those out (WOW catering is expensive), but decided to go with a make your own sandwich bar.  It was much easier to deal with.  We will have premium meats and cheeses, along with gourmet breads and other normal toppings.  We also are getting lots of things from Costco, like salad, and munchies.

Decorations…I know you said you have some stuff, but try to think about a theme and then try to think of things that will go with that theme.  Like we have a “country elegance” sort of theme (hence the mason jars), but with style (beautiful lighting and lots of colorful flowers).  It’s the little stuff that will drive you nuts like “oh, I need ribbon to tie on my jars” or “crud, I need floral tape!” LOL.  I would make a list of everything you will need to prepare – even the little stuff.  Think about how you want your tables to look – place cards? table numbers? candles? feathers? petals?

Sorry for rambling.  Hope I helped!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@Anniebo:Hey! For monthly “to dos”, I signed up with The Knot for my wedding and they had a really useful checklist tool that you can update with what you have done; and each month new tasks come up in the list… It’s really complete, and a real life saver because there’s so much to do and it helps to keep track. It’s all calculated based on your wedding date..

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Anniebo: I’m not sure how you are going to do food for $4 per person. Are you going to do a pot luck? Or a have a restaurant/caterer just drop off chafing dishes/hot plates of food?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Anniebo:

I think it would be better to set back like, $800 for food and $200 for flowers and not worry about extra decorations. It’s going to be tough to feed 100 people on $400 worth of food. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you start the ceremony at 7, most will have already eaten before hand.  Then an appetizer or dessert buffet would be an absolutely perfect way to end the night!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Anniebo:  You might look into bbq for that many people for your price range.  Pulled pork is awesome and is relatively inexpensive.  Have you checked out dollar general for decorations, they actually have some great stuff in their wedding section and tons of stuff that can be used in different ways with some imagination.

I would also check vistaprints and sign up for the business emails, I got a ton of my paperproducts from the for just shipping.

 

I would sit down and make a definite list of what you want to buy so that you don’t buy things that you will not need.  I made that mistake and have a whole box of stuff I bought that I will never use.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Anniebo:

If you want to serve appetizers and desserts, it would be better to have the ceremony EARLIER actually, so guests would not expect a full meal. But with a ceremony at 7 pm, guests are going to be hungry afterward. I think you could definitely get a full catered BBQ meal for around $8 person. Do you have any BBQ places near you you could check out?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

have you looked into officiants yet?

i have all my major stuff booked and from now until May/early June will be focusing on rings, invites and decor (centerpieces/linens etc).

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Flowers and Photography seem to me where you should be spending some of your time right now. As others have stated Photography and Flowers are very pricy and need to be considered well in advance. Also you didn’t mention anything about the paper goods needed for your wedding! I would suggest looking into Save-the-Dates if you need them and Invitations. If you want/need to DIY your invitations you will want to start early. Even the print at home kind can be time consuming. Good Luck & Congrats.

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