(Closed) Where do you start when planning a wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Interfaith
Post # 3
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012


Post # 4
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would start by setting a budget and then researching venues.  The venue kind of set the whole tone for our wedding and everything fell into place after that.

Post # 7
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No. venue, save the dates then photographer, dress, caterer, dj, then maybe 6-8 months before invitations.

Post # 9
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is what we did:

  1. Set a date/booked church (it was important the Fiance be married in his church, I wanted an October wedding)
  2. Figured out a rough estimate of how many people would attend.
  3. Figured out a budget
  4. Reception venue shopped, booked a venue that fit our budget and all our needs
  5. (not really important for right away but it was fun) Picked out colors!
  6. Misc vendors (still in this process): photographer, videographer, photobooth, flowers, DJ, transportation
  7. (where we hope to be after the first of next year) Firm up our DIY projects and start crafting!

I feel pretty good about our progress, we’re not as far along as other bees, but the main things are booked and plans are looking pretty solid.

Good luck and let me know if you need any help or get overwhelmed!

Post # 11
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

#1 Venue! (stuff books up very VERY quickly…  ) #2, book your wedding professionals (they book up next, but just as quickly) #3 RELAX! 

Post # 12
5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

As PP’s have said…

VENUES! Book them now!!!

Along the way try to make decisions on a theme or overall look and feel you’re going for and google images like no other to get ideas.

Also, be sure to start looking for vendors, they also book up quickly. If you know of people whose work you’ve seen before and you’ve liked, call and get prices, etc.


Post # 13
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Here is how we did things. I know I’m forgetting stuff but this is what I could think of off the top of my head and a rought timeline of when we did them.

  1. Figure out the budget
  2. Set a rough guest list (just trying to get an idea of how many people)
  3. Picked a venue/set a date (our venue is also our caterer)
  4. Researched/booked photographer
  5. Bought my dress
  6. Researched/booked DJ
  7. Booked Officiant
  8. Took engagement pictures for Save the Dates
  9. Mailed out Save the Dates 6 months ahead of wedding date
  10. Picked bridesmaids dresses
  11. Picked out invitations (picked at 5 months out)
  12. Picked out and booked cake (5 months out)
  13. Picked out and booked florist (4-5 months out)
  14. Picked out tuxes (4 months out)
  15. Food tasting/pick menu (4 months out)
  16. Details meeting (pick linens/chairs, table setup, timeline) (3 months out)
  17. Addressed/mail invitations 2 months out

Post # 14
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@redhead46: That’s a pretty good list.  I know that a rough estimate of guest list is where we started, quickly followed by setting a budget.  The guest list kind of dictates the wedding.  The venue determined our wedding date.  I would also add that if there are any vendors you have your heart set on – photographers, florists, musicians, etc. – you need to book them as early as possible so you don’t lose them.

Post # 15
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Start researching venues so you know available dates! Have a timeframe in mind when you talk to venues. After your know your options talk to an officiant or minister from a church. If your planning on getting married within a 6 month timeframe start looking at dresses for yourself and bridesmaids as well. As they can take 4 – 5 months to get in and it takes alot of time to search all the different boutiques. Plus you will need to allow time for alterations! Good luck! All the other details will fall into place once the venue is booked!

Post # 16
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

eep i started with the dress but seriously venue. after the venue all the other things are just soo much easier plus relax u dont want your wedding planning to put stress on your relationship…

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