Post # 1
So, FI and I got engaged a few days ago, I know I don’t need to worry too much about planning right way, but I feel I should get a head start on this. Like I do everything else in life. We’re having an “engagement brunch” with our extended familes (More his than mine. My family is TINY.) We’ve picked a date. (08/16/14.) and we’re going to be doing engagement pictures soon.
I mean, where do I begin after all of that though?! Venue? Flowers? dress? Bridal party? Big? Small? Theme?!?! Colors?!?
I’ve just very overwhelmed and I think maybe I’m doing this to myself but I don’t know where to begin.
Any advice is much appreciated. (I was not sure what section to post this to, so if it’s in the wrong, please move it!)
Post # 2
futuremrstx: The first and foremost decision to make is “What is your budget”?
Post # 3
futuremrstx: I agree with PP! First you need to decide a budget and then work from there. I found downloading an app (or in my case a few lol) helped a ton. Wedding bee actually has one 🙂 they help u create a guest list and have checklists on them (usually with “deadlines” on when to get stuff done 🙂
First thing I did was find a dress and pick a few venues I liked. Since the dress can take a while (like 4 months to come in and then alterations) and venues usually book up pretty quick, these were the two things I wanted to get locked down right away 🙂
After that, I worked on all the other “majors” like finding a bakery, officiant, hair and makeup artist, dj, florist, etc
That’s just what worked for me but I hope that helps!! Congrats!
Post # 4
Wedding planner if you’re having one
Venue and/or Church (that’ll set the date most likely)
Budget again to set the number of guests
—> IMO those are the big ones And everything else is just gravy
Post # 5
futuremrstx: Budget and time of year you see your wedding is a great start. Once you have that, you can begin figuring out the type of venue that works best for both. I would recommend talking with your fiance and deciding the type of wedding you want (large, small, indoor, outdoor, season, etc.) and get the big picture ideas completed. Details can come after you have these things figured out.
Post # 6
I found several helpful checklists online that gave a very good guideline for what to do when. It’s helpful because some of the lists have suggestions I didn’t even think of. Plus it’s helpful to have a suggested timeline for when to do what. It’s not all set in stone, of course you can make your own timeline of what works for you, but its a great start and it may help point you in the right direction. Plus these lists make you feel a little less stress as you get to cross things off the list. 🙂