Post # 1
I got engaged a week ago, and I swear I have no idea where to start!
I have lots of ideas and a pinboard full of DIY decor, but I’d appreciate some advice from those of you who’ve been there!
I’ve asked 1 of my BMs, will ask another tomorrow, have a gift basket on its way to my step-sister asking her to be my Maid/Matron of Honor, and 2 cookiegrams headed out to ask the last 2 BMs! YAY! But what now??
Where did YOU start?
Post # 3
VENUE VENUE VENUE!! Or location location location. Everything you do is based on where you do it. Do you need to rent chairs, hire a DJ, provide the food? It all revolves around the venue.
Post # 4
Budget!! That will determine lots of things. Then either venue or date. You can go from “I know WHEN I want to get married so I will find sites that are open then” or finding a venue you love and going with what their open dates are. Photography is another thing that will book further in advance, and then of course your dress because it can take a long time to get depending on where you get it. The venue can determine some.other stuff to, if they have catering and rentals and such or if you will have to get those things on your own.
Post # 5
@sharileigh: That’s what I thought! WHEW!
Contacted my first choice venue today and will be headed to visit them in a couple of weeks. Since I want a morning/afternoon wedding, availability is a bit easier to secure 🙂 My venue says that ALL October Saturday/Sunday morning/evening slots are currently open for 2013. YAY! 🙂
Post # 6
Before you do anything you need to create your guest list and generate a budget (or rough estimate as in our case). You can’t book anything including venue until you know it will accommodate your guest list and fit within you budget.
So guest list, budget and then venue…..everything else will just come.
Post # 7
@chasesgirl: SO MUCH TO DOOO lol
Post # 9
@Treejewel19: Good idea! I have my half of the guest list done, but not FI’s half! BUT We think about 100 people (easy to accomodate, yay)…and my target budget is 10k (for a morning/brunch wedding). Tight budget, I know 😮
Post # 10
I would start with these 5, roughly in this order (The really big stuff).
- Budget! As in whats the overall number you can afford/plan to spend on your wedding.
- Number of guests
- Date (but really season/month don’t pick an actual date until you find out if its available at your dream venue)
- Reception Venue
- Ceremony Location
Then you can move onto the fun stuff (The people who will be working at your wedding and dress because you need time for it to be made):
And then the really fun stuff (aka details):
- bridal party
- readers, ushers ect.
- bridal party outfits
- groom’s outfit
ETA: Use a timeline once you figure out your engagement length to determine when you need to be doing things. I like the one on weddingwire.com. My list is obviously not all inclusive.
Post # 11
@asscherlover: You’re makin’ me feel better. I have at least THOUGHT about all of those first 5! 🙂
Post # 12
@inky_1: Thats good. The other ones really don’t need to be on your radar yet. I just like lists. Most timelines start at the 12 month mark so you don’t have to worry about being behind schedule. You can certainly get ahead if you want though 🙂
Post # 13
Venue is pretty important because they book up quite early.. However, when you go, they will ask you how many guests., so yes like others said, have a figure in mind that you know will come. Let them know your budget as well.
After that, I’d say your photographer/videographer is next.