(Closed) Where do I start???

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

You can’t really have a wedding without food so I would suggest starting with the caterer. After that, the photographer and entertainment would be the next most important things to book. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I started with the Church, the reception area (if it’s not in the same spot), and my dress. Of course I still haven’t found the reception area but I’m looking hard. Haha

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

After drawing up ‘first draft guestlists’ with Fiance (and your parents and his if you wish), look at what sort of #s you’re facing and what your total will be. From there I’d look at ceremony locations and reception halls, because I found sometimes one I loved was available on 1 day of the month, and the reception hall was only available the next weekend. Lining up those two sucked the most I think (but here reception halls have in-house caterers, so I didn’t have to research that separately). From there the music/photog will be easier, and the printers/invites will be easier as well since you’ll have a guess at the total number of guests and how many invites you’ll need. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would start with booking the venues.  There’s a chance you won’t be able to find any venues that you like open on your date, and that could change lots of things.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think the venue (both ceremony and reception) are the most important things to nail down.  This sets your date and also lets yo know whether you have to get an outside caterer or whether you have to use their in-house catering.  After venue, I’d go with a photographer (they get booked fast – especially for Saturday events).  And then entertainment (especially if you want something live).  There are great wedding planning books! 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

First thing we did was book the ceremony/reception site. It’s a restaurant so that takes care of catering as well.

Next major thing we booked was our photographer.

Now we’re looking into entertainment/DJ.

I also have someone to do my flowers already (a coworker who also owns a floral design bonus and is giving me a discount)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

You won’t be mailing invitations or know the details of your ceremony until a little later. It’s great that you’re on top of that, but I wouldn’t book a stationer now and forfit that money for the photography/catering. Good photographers book a year in advance, so you should probably search for one now. Since they only allow two different catering companies you should look at them to see which one you prefer.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Karissa: We communicated with our photographer for a couples months before actually booking.  I made it clear we were working on the money, and that I understood he couldn’t block the date, but to please let us know if anyone else was inquiring about that day and we would try to rush.  It all worked out, and we locked him in with the deposit 7 months in advance.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d Say

1) Venue

2) Caterer (some can only go to some venues)

3) Photographers  and officiant

4) Cake Baker ( at least 6 months prior)

Flowers can be done up to about 2 months before to give yourself lots of time ๐Ÿ™‚

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