April 2014 Weddings

What wedding planning are you doing right now?

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Re: What wedding planning are you doing right now?

  • So far we have:
    • booked a venue
    • gotten our dj/lighting
    • gotten a photobooth
    • figured out the catering menu
    • booked the place for me to get ready, it's at the venue
    • figured out most of the bridal party/groomsmen
    • gotten most of the guest list hammered out
    • have the wedding colors 
    • started a registry

    We still have to:

    • get me a dress
    • get dresses for the bridesmaids/suits for groomsmen/the groom
    • taste cakes and book the bakery to make us one
    • rent linens, silverware/glassware/dishes
    • get a photographer
    • get wedding bands
  • A lot has changed in the past week... I:
    • Canceled our original venue (and got my 'non-refundable' deposit back!)
    • Found a new ceremony site/reception hall
    • Found a new caterer
    • Discussed contract changes with the DJ
    • Finalized colors (woo-hoo!)
    I'm so excited for our new spaces! Our new ceremony site is in a garden so I won't need any flowers there and the new hall if gorgeous. And, even though the venues were a little bit more- catering is SO much less! And now we can bring our own alcohol too for additional savings. I still need to contact the photographer and florist about the change, but those are less of a concern than the DJ.
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  • To add to my completed list:

    My MOH has her dress and two of my bridesmaids found dresses they like they just have to order them.  I am letting them choose their own dresses.  I just picked a vendor, color and fabric.  I researched the MU/Hair Stylist I want,  She did my hair for my friends wedding and she managed o get my hair to stay curly the whole day... that is nearly a miracle. 

    I feel like everyone is stressing way more than I am.  Am I the only one that is kind of relaxed about wedding planning?

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  • Trying for a more organized update, hope I didn't forget anything lol

    We have:
    • Secured our venue (includes catering) and church
    • Hired a photographer
    • Hired a videographer
    • Hired a DJ
    • Registered
    • Finalized bridesmaid dresses
    • Purchased my dress
    • Blocked off hotels
    • Booked transportation
    • Sent save the dates
    • Finalized wedding colors
    • Found my shoes
    We still need to:
    • Find a hairdresser
    • Find makeup artist
    • Find Florist
    • Order suits/tuxes
    • Purchase wedding party gifts
    • Order invitations
    • Seating chart
    • Design cake
    • Order cake topper
    • Decide on favors

  • We have:

    Secured the venue

    Secured the reception site

    Secured the hotel

    Hired a minister

    Hired a photographer

    Hired HMU

    Hired a florist

    Ordered cake

    Ordered catering

    Sent STDs

    Ordered invites

    Hired the party bus (Vegas Wedding)

    Purchased dress

    Purchased MOH dress

    Purchased shoes

    Purchased veil

    Purchased jewelry

    Started ordering favors, decorations, and wedding party gifts

    Decided on honeymoon location

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  • I Have:

    Booked my venue
    Booked my florist
    Booked my dj
    Booked my Photgrapher
    Booked my Honeymoon
    Sent out Save the Dates
    Took Engagement Pictures
    Registered
    Got my dress, veil, shoes
    Picked out Bridesmaids Dress/Shoes
    Bought Bridesmaids Presents
    Picked out night of Hotel
    Booked Bridal Shower
    Got his wedding band
    Got our favors
    Booked hair and makeup artist

    What I am doing now:
    Getting all our funds together to pay off our vendors
    Paying off Church
    Looking for Rehearsal Dinner spot
    Finalizing songs 
    Getting a Party Bus
    Looking at Invitations

    Need to Do:
    Tasting
    Cake tasting
    Finalize Decor
    Mail Out Invites
    Guys have to rent Suits
    LOSE WEIGHT
    Hair and makeup Trial
    Bachelorette Party
    Apply for Marriage Licenses
    Get my Wedding Band

    Hmm more but after writing this all out I feel better about what I have to do!
  • I feel so behind!

    Already done:
    -Secured church and time for ceremony
    -Secured reception site
    -Said yes to the dress! And veil
    -Decided on colors
    -Hired photographer
    -Just took engagement pictures
    -Ordered and addressed save the dates (still haven't mailed them. Oops)
    -Did wedding registry
    -Decided on a bridesmaid dress
    -Decided rehearsal dinner location
    -Attended marriage prep class

    In the middle of:
    -discussing honeymoon spots
    -got in touch with a dj
    -tried booking a block of hotel rooms but they said it was too early
    -tried hiring limo/shuttle service but they said it was too early
    -in talks with what time we want reception
    -have ideas for "videographer" (liking the idea of wedit or weddingmix)
    -tried someone out for makeup
    -book rehearsal dinner
    -have bridesmaids actually order their dresses
    -trying to meet with the priest but he keeps changing the date (hope that's not a sign of things to come)
    -trying to get my mom to decide on a MOB dress

    Need to:
    -Find bakery and do cake tastings (can NOT wait, and I don't even like cake)
    -Decide on suits and get those ordered
    -Find a florist
    -Book hair/makeup
    -Decide on all the catholic ceremony things (readings, songs)
    -Find invitations
    -Get WP gifts
    -Decide on favors and reception decor
    -Decide our menu
    -Get jewelry/shoes

    Geez, I've pretty much half-assed everything so far. I'm ready to go elope! Haha
  • I know im late but I live off the checklist on here. Ive printed it out and have each month stapled to my planner. I live and breath my checklist it helps out alot
  • Update- 

    I ordered my shoes last Friday- they'll be delivered on Thursday. Early, I know, but they were on sale and I got them for a steal!

    I just contacted an officiant to let him know we'll be hiring him

    STD will be ordered tonight (a little late, I know)

    The big stuff that is left is: 
    • Ask groomsmen to be in wedding
    • Connect with bridesmaids to make sure they get their dresses (doing DB so probably not necessary for some time)
    • Get suits for guys
    • Find baker
    • Find day of coordinator
    • Design invitations
    • Order necessary rentals for ceremony
    • Design all the odds and ends and decorations
    • Choose music
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  • Completed:

    Purchased dress

    Decided on wedding colors (blush pink & white)

    Booked florist

    Sent out Save the Dates

    Booked venue

    Booked DJ

    Booked officiant

    Decided on bridesmaid dresses

    Need to do:

    Book photographer

    Design and order invitations

    Find a makeup artist

    Order favors

    Decide on wedding and reception songs

    Order shoes (waiting for spring 2014 line to come out; I want pink shoes)

    Cake and food tasting

    Order bridesmaid dresses

    Order rental reception chairs

    Groomsman tuxedos (letting the FI handle this one)

  • Oh my gosh I feel so far behind !! I just got engaged a week ago & we plan on having our wedding in April .

    So far I have :
    -said yes to my fiancé

    Ahhhhhh ! After reading this thread my stress level just tripled !
  • SlothGoalsSlothGoals
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    edited November 2013
    So far this is what we've done:

    - Booked Church and reception venue
    - Booked the DJ
    - Booked transportation
    - Booked florist/decorator for the ballroom
    - bought the dress
    - booked the MUA
    - bought invitations (awesome coupon from MagnetStreet)
    - Booked photographer
    - had engagement shots done
    - bought my brooch bouquet
    - have my wedding shoes (ended up using a pair from my closet!)
    - sent STDs
    - completed our registry
    - finished our pre-marriage classes
    - booked hotel block and wedding night accommodations

    We still have to do the following:

    - choose BM dresses
    - choose suits for GMs
    - choose bomboniere
    - find a hair stylist
    - book baker for cake
    - get jewellery
    - buy BP gifts
    - get wedding rings
    - parent gifts
    - figure out rehearsal/rehearsal dinner

    I'm sure there is a bunch of stuff we still have to do but this is all I can think of right now.
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  • All I have left is:
    Booking honeymoon flights
    Buy the candy for my favors
    Tuxes
    Rehearsal dinner
    Alterations
    Book and do a hair and m/u trial.
    Invitations

    Everything else is booked and mostly paid for. :)
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  • Correction I booked my hair and make up artist today. I have used her before. She is really good.
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  • I just booked my flights for my honeymoon. I have also paid off my photo/video/photobooth company and honey moon. Only things I have left to book:
    Rehearsal dinner (I am having a pizza party for it)
    Alterations
    Invitations
    Gifts for bridal party
    Tuxes
    And then we have to finish paying for the venue and florist.
    I want to be able to just show up on my wedding day and not worry.
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  • Nice job everyone!!

    We got some more things done this month.

    I got my dress, jewelry, undergarments and veil yesterday from my dress appointment at DB! I'm soooo excited to get to wear my dress!!

    We also booked our photographer and gave the deposit.

    My bridesmaid and MOH have each started getting their dresses.

    I won a free bouquet for me at the Bridal Expo I went to, so that was awesome and today I met with the florist. She's super nice.

    I feel really happy because all of our vendors have been amazing so far and I love their personalities.

    We still have to:

    • suits for groomsmen/the groom
    • taste cakes and book the bakery to make us one
    • rent linens, silverware/glassware/dishes
    • get wedding bands
    • get invitations picked out
    • finalize the guest list
    • get favors
    • meet with the catering/venue to figure out the table layout and menu.

    At least the list is getting smaller and we're almost finished. Thank goodness because our budget doubled as we planned.

  • I am super annoyed. My hair and mu artist called me to get more details on for styles and all of that. When I spoke to her the first time we only needed four girls to book her. Now she tells me six. So I had to cancel with her. And she was not even apologetic about it. She was actually super snobby about it as in "Yeah I cant do a wedding with less than six girls so oh well. Good luck"
    I was really happy about booking her because she did such a great job at my friends wedding 3 years ago.
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  • @MaryGraceRich, that really sucks! That's why we always tell people to get whatever they've been offered in writing in a contract.
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  • She was in a hospital rehab facility recovering from surgery. I booked over the phone. She called me the other day to get more info and thats when she said that she cant do it.
    You would think that a woman that will be out of work for 5 months and said that she was so upset that she had to give brides to friends so that she could have her surgery wouldnt turn down making $700 for a few hours work.
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  • CaliMel11CaliMel11
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    edited November 2013
    Oh my gosh I feel so far behind !! I just got engaged a week ago & we plan on having our wedding in April . So far I have : -said yes to my fiancé Ahhhhhh ! After reading this thread my stress level just tripled !
    It'll be okay! I know it's super overwhelming, but really just give yourself a week to enjoy being engaged first before going straight into planning.

    It'll all work out. I would say find your venue first, and then go from there. It makes it a lot easier to plan the other stuff if you know what place you're working with.

    and congratulations!!
  • Oh my gosh I feel so far behind !! I just got engaged a week ago & we plan on having our wedding in April . So far I have : -said yes to my fiancé Ahhhhhh ! After reading this thread my stress level just tripled !
    Same boat! I booked the venue yesterday and have a dress... and here I was thinking it would all be ok. Then I read this board! SO MUCH TO DO!!! Ok, back to researching and emailing potentials. 
  • ShawnaM83 said:
    Oh my gosh I feel so far behind !! I just got engaged a week ago & we plan on having our wedding in April . So far I have : -said yes to my fiancé Ahhhhhh ! After reading this thread my stress level just tripled !
    Same boat! I booked the venue yesterday and have a dress... and here I was thinking it would all be ok. Then I read this board! SO MUCH TO DO!!! Ok, back to researching and emailing potentials. 

    If you have any wedding expos in your area, it's great to be able to meet a ton of vendors in person. We were able to meet ones we had booked and were so happy that they turned out to be super nice in person as well.

    It gets really overwhelming, so I encourage you not to look at the whole huge checklist the knot has, or even our lists....otherwise you'll probably feel like running away screaming. I was panicking when I saw how much there was to plan!

    Just focus on a couple of things each weekend if you can. Then it's more managable. I would say first off, figure out your budget. Figure out what is important to each of you. What sort of venue are you both envisioning? Do that first.

    I really wish we had maybe looked around more at venues, as ours we have to buy 2 cases of wine, a day of planner, and use their catering. But all in all everything works out.

    Figure out areas you can splurge on [for us it was photos] and areas you don't care saving on [for us it's flowers].
    You'll get it all figured out and I promise it'll all come together!
  • I ordered my cake topper yesterday :)
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  • We have:
    • Secured our venue (includes catering) and church
    • Hired a photographer
    • Hired a videographer
    • Hired a DJ
    • Registered
    • Finalized bridesmaid dresses
    • Purchased my dress
    • Blocked off hotels
    • Booked transportation
    • Sent save the dates
    • Finalized wedding colors
    • Found my shoes
    • Hired Hairstylist
    • Hired Makeup Artist
    • Hired Florist
    • Finished Our Invitations, sending them out soon!!
    • Ordered/Designed our Cake
    • Ordered Favors
    • Attended all Marriage Prep Classes
    • Booked Our Honeymoon (We're going to Punta Cana!)
    We still need to:
    • Order suits/tuxes
    • Purchase wedding party gifts
    • Seating chart
    • Order cake topper
    • Buy my bridal accessories
    • Make programs
    • Buy ceremony essentials 
    • Make welcome bags for hotel guests
    • Buy reception essentials
    • Purchase FI's wedding band, I'm using his grandmothers :)

  • CaliMel11CaliMel11
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    edited January 2014

    We got some more things done!

    • rent linens, silverware/glassware/dishes
    • get invitations picked out
    • get favors, we picked them out.
    • meet with the catering/venue to figure out the table layout and menu/taste the food
    • meeting with our officiant tomorrow
    • meeting with the new florist next weekend
    • set up the meeting with the bakery

    Still have to:

    • figure out the suits for groomsmen/the groom
    • taste cakes and book the bakery
    • book the florist
    • get wedding bands
    • finalize the guest list
    • figure out hair and makeup for me and the bridesmaids/moh
    • get the bridesmaids/moh gifts/groomsmen/best man gifts
    • send out the invitations
    • figure out day of transportation if needed
    • order programs. I have them all designed but am waiting to order until closer
    • figure out the songs for everything!

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  • We just picked flowers this weekend, waiting on the official quote and list of flowers. 
    We need to get my son a suit, he's walking me down the aisle. 
    FI needs to get his white vest and tie.

    We got to see the wedding site (it's a DW a few hours away). It was gorgeous and I'm now getting really excited, and hoping the next few months fly by!
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  • ewithnellewithnell
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    edited March 2014
    Since most of our "big" to-do's are done, I feel almost overwhelmed with all the little details we have to do still.

    FINISHED:
    • Booked the venue
    • Hired the DJ
    • Hired the florist
    • Hired the photographer (we decided not to have a videographer)
    • Hired the day of coordinator
    • Sent out the "save the dates" (I ended up just including a note in our Christmas cards)
    • Ordered the cake
    • Booked the hotel
    • All the bridesmaids have their dresses
    • I have my dress, veil, sash & shoes
    • Made my hair appointment for day of
    • Scheduled the officiant (one of our many pastors)
    • Registered
    • Send Bridal Shower thank-yous
    Things yet to be done:
    • Finalize things with our caterer
    • Finalize tuxes
    • Finalize guest list
    • Start assembling the welcome bags for out of town guests
    • Figure out a guest book (don't want a book or a sign-able picture frame, suggestions??)
    • Order and send the invites
    • Figure out what I'm doing makeup-wise
    • Finalize ceremony
    • Finalize music list
    • Figure out ceremony music & readings
    • Get marriage license
    • Order return address labels & postage
    • Table numbers
    • Pails for the sparklers
    • Engagement photos
    • buy a hanger for my dress for pics
    • "Reserved" signs
    • Write letter to my man to open on April 5th
    • Try on dress with all of accessories to see how I like it (update, they look AWESOME!!)
    • Hair trial
    • Makeup trial
    • Decide on what beer&wine to buy and then buy it (Total Wine lets you return unused items!)
    • Purchase garter
    • And a million other things (it keeps getting longer...oh boy)
    I'm just glad that I'm going to be meeting with my coordinator this week, so that I can get a grip on all the little things that are piling up.

  • Just ordered my invitations! Finally :-P

  • I made myself a "to do" list and I'm slowly crossing things off of it. I went out today and basically cleaned out every dollar store in my city and the city east of me of their black/blue/silver wine bags that we need for our favours.
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