(Closed) Where do I even start with planning?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I registered for The Knot at the recommendation of a friend — the checklist is very thorough but it is also (I think) overwhelming. I have been using a checklist out of Real Simple Weddings that I think is fab and keeps me organized. (fyi — I think that magazine was the only one I really needed to buy, but I was hesitant to do it because it’s like $14 or something; however, that includes a subscription OR a refund if you don’t want the magazine).

First things we did were come up with a budget, make a draft guest list (to find an approximate number for venue searching), and discuss what our wedding priorities were — what were we willing to do without and what was totally critical for us.

Congrats, and good luck! I was overwhelmed when I first got engaged, but I am now two months into a seven-month engagement and it’s been wonderful. You will be fine!



Post # 4
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am also newly engaged, and WOW!  There is so much to do!  I am not too worried at this point, as we are looking at next July for the wedding.  We have talked about our budget (as well as with our parents) and narrowed down the guest list (more or less) so we know how big of a wedding we are going to have.  We have started looking at venues and hope to secure one in the next few weeks – that will give us the date.  We are looking at hotels for our reception (the ceremony will be at my church), and many of the banquet halls book over a year in advance – especially for a July wedding on a Saturday!  I will feel better once we have a venue booked and a date secured.  The other details will be easier to worry about after that!

I also registered at The Knot – lots of great tips and ideas on there!

Good luck with your planning – and congrats on your engagement!

Post # 5
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Seriously, just buy the Ultimate Wedding Workbook and Organizer, and follow it.  There’s a time line, some check lists, a budget calculator, forms to fill out when interviewing prospective vendors, payment tracking charts, planning tips, and pockets in the back to organize all your paperwork.  This book was totally worth my investment…


Post # 6
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Martha Stewart Weddings.  I started with the knot, but I like the MS Web site a lot more.

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