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June 2014 Weddings

Countdown...(now) 9 Months to go

wabanziwabanzi member
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edited September 2013 in June 2014 Weddings
Not a super exciting post, but I am counting down to the day.  Although nearly all of my decor DIY projects are done, we still need most of our vendors.  We'll be meeting with our potential caterer on Tuesday, FI is researching DJs, and I desperately need a DOC. 


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Re: Countdown...(now) 9 Months to go

  • We finally have all contracts in place for the destination part of the wedding. We are hoping to get save the dates out in the next few weeks. I need to finish asking bridesmaids, I've had 2 that I wanted to use tell me already they won't be making the wedding..bummer, but I understand. FI also needs to ask the remaining grooms men, he's only asked his BM. 

    I did get my dress this month, and I'll start alterations when I'm back in my hometown in October. I left the dress at my MOH's house since we will be moving and such here in the next month. 

    I'm hoping the time flies to the wedding, but also feel like it's going really fast already. 
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  • We need to start researching DJ's and videographers.  I feel like time is flying, we finally booked our photographer two weeks ago.  I also keep thinking about whether or not to get a DOC. I think we will have to look at our budget see if there is room.  We were at a friend's wedding last night and we were thinking a lot about some of the things we did and didn't want in our reception.

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  • I need a venue still. my best friend who is getting married 4 weeks before me already has her venue and I think is upset that I want to use the same one. I originally wanted to use a house that is a state historic site and built by my family  but FI and I looked at it and its just too small for the amount of people we have attending. The hall that we looked at instead is under budget. I don't know what to do!
  • I need a venue still. my best friend who is getting married 4 weeks before me already has her venue and I think is upset that I want to use the same one. I originally wanted to use a house that is a state historic site and built by my family  but FI and I looked at it and its just too small for the amount of people we have attending. The hall that we looked at instead is under budget. I don't know what to do!
    Is the historic site large enough for the wedding ceremony only? Or does it have large enough grounds for a tent perhaps?  We picked a historic site over halls/hotel banquet rooms. But it did mean chopping the guest list.  We were originally thinking 200-250, and now we are at 150-160 (with 160 pushing it a bit).  I am so happy we chose it though.  Cutting the guest list really helped with budget and I think our size is perfect.

    I know there is a bias against halls sometimes, but they are designed for these types of events and if it fits what you need, you will make it beautiful.
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  • We need to start researching DJ's and videographers.  I feel like time is flying, we finally booked our photographer two weeks ago.  I also keep thinking about whether or not to get a DOC. I think we will have to look at our budget see if there is room.  We were at a friend's wedding last night and we were thinking a lot about some of the things we did and didn't want in our reception.
    Ohh, do tell.  I love hearing about other's weddings :-) What did you like best and least?
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  • The DJ was a bit much, too obnoxious for our taste.  The centerpieces were wobly when you were cutting meat at the table.  The food wasn't the greatest.  FI got sick from it actually. She had a gap between the ceremony and reception , we were all starving between that time while we were doing pictures.

    They had a cute slideshow of them growing up and then together during dinner. Pictures from the ceremony were displayed on screens the DJ had set up that was really nice.  The church ceremony itself was beautiful.  Her flowers were amazing, otherwise and the cake was really cute.

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  • @wabanzi If we were to use the state historic site, we would have the ceremony on the lawn in front of a beautiful 2 story brick house and white balcony. There is a "shelter" on the grounds, kind of like a small park shelter, that has a smallbrick patio area; a campfire with log seats around it; and there is a visitors center behind the house where we would have the reception. The space inside is just small to have both dinner and dancing in one area together. There is space at the visitors center for us to get ready before the ceremony also. I don't really want to do a tent because I don't want to be outside for both the ceremony and reception b/c of midwest heat. Do you think it would be unusual to have dinner and cake inside then bring everybody back outside to the "shelter" area for dancing? The shelter area could be used as a cocktail hour space also. 
  • @wabanzi I'm also in the same boat of having all DIY done and a dress for me. Everything else is still up the air until we find our venue since that determines how we budget out expenses for catering and photographer.

    ^^forgot to mention the grounds are rather large, a couple acres at least if I'm not mistaken. But I'd rather be able to use what is already there and just rent chairs for both ceremony and reception, and tablecloths for the existing tables. FI thinks that the ceilings are low and it has a 4H or VFW kind of feel in the visitors center.
  • @wabanzi If we were to use the state historic site, we would have the ceremony on the lawn in front of a beautiful 2 story brick house and white balcony. There is a "shelter" on the grounds, kind of like a small park shelter, that has a smallbrick patio area; a campfire with log seats around it; and there is a visitors center behind the house where we would have the reception. The space inside is just small to have both dinner and dancing in one area together. There is space at the visitors center for us to get ready before the ceremony also. I don't really want to do a tent because I don't want to be outside for both the ceremony and reception b/c of midwest heat. Do you think it would be unusual to have dinner and cake inside then bring everybody back outside to the "shelter" area for dancing? The shelter area could be used as a cocktail hour space also. 

    I don't think that dinner in one area and then dancing (the party) in another would be strange. We are doing that very thing, although ours is all indoors. Our banquet room is across the hall from the "dance hall" with the bar in between- like a breezeway. We are just setting up some tables in the dance room as well so people have a place to sit & rest. I understand about the Midwest heat, we're in so. Indiana and it is humid! When we were looking at tents I was happy to find that they can be air conditioned, even though we didn't go that route.
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  • Hello my name is Wendi I am a June 21st bride for next year, and I was wondering how to put my wedding ticker up under any message I send.

  • @WendiA03 -There is sticky post at the top of this board that has directions for signatures (siggy).  

    We met with our caterer yesterday.  The price is excellent and the food is amazing (we eat there all the time), so we are happy to have that done.  Strange little man though, he was so pushy about table skirting.  I kept trying to explain that I had already purchased the linens I wanted to use (in ivory) for the buffets, but he didn't seem to understand that I didn't want his red and white ones. Bleh.
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  • Hi there wabanzi It is Wendi, where is the sticky post (siggy) located? Is it located to the left or right? I sure do want to put a ticker up. Get back to me thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


  • Hi there wabanzi It is Wendi, where is the sticky post (siggy) located? Is it located to the left or right? I sure do want to put a ticker up. Get back to me thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


  • Hi there wabanzi It is Wendi, where is the sticky post (siggy) located? Is it located to the left or right? I sure do want to put a ticker up. Get back to me thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


  • oops wabanzi I accidently put my reply 3 times sorry.
  • WendiA03 said:
    Hi there wabanzi It is Wendi, where is the sticky post (siggy) located? Is it located to the left or right? I sure do want to put a ticker up. Get back to me thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


    It's at the top of the June 2014 board.  Here is a direct link: http://forums.theknot.com/discussion/949111/siggy-instructions-helpful-websites#latest
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  • wow! I feel like I'm extremely over prepared already. All that I have left to do is flowers and then the minor details.. like invitations (I already know what I want though), escort cards, pew bows and that's basically it. I already know what flowers I want too, just have to make it fit into the budget since it's $1,200
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  • Thanks Wabanzi I looked at the link you sent, I am going to go by one of those set instructions.
  • wow! I feel like I'm extremely over prepared already. All that I have left to do is flowers and then the minor details.. like invitations (I already know what I want though), escort cards, pew bows and that's basically it. I already know what flowers I want too, just have to make it fit into the budget since it's $1,200
    No such thing :-) 

    FI is starting to interview DJs.  He used to be one years ago and is extremely particular.  But, I know we will end up with a great one.  We also want the DJ to do the lights.  The dance hall (connected to the banquet hall via a breeze way through the bar area) is all white and I really want a star field projector.  I think it will look amazing.
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  • Hey Wabanzi I hope I got a siggy done. I saved my countdown ticker under my downloads so... maybe I can attach it here somehow.  I did it Woo~Hoo!!!!!! :)


  • Here is my ticker Wabanzi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
  • WendiA03WendiA03 member
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  • I'm pretty much done with the actual planning. Contracts/deposits are done for the major things. I haven't ordered invites yet, but they've been decided upon. Dress has been purchased. Now I'm mostly just waiting :)
    ~*~June 21, 2014~*~


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  • I've updated this post b/c I swear time is at a standstill.  Perhaps because we got engaged Christmas 2012? But the half-way point is finally here!
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  • We just changed from destination to local! So I've started from scratch.... AGAIN! However, I've talked to our photographer, the caterer, reception venue and hopeful church venue. All of those will have their deposits next week. I've been looking at limo services and dj's and holy crap they're expensive. Is anyone else using a different type of transportation to get from ceremony to reception?
    Also, planning on dress shopping in Jan.. If I can hold off that long, but I'm still trying to sell my original one.
  • I went bridesmaid dress shopping today. I think we found one we really like; I just have one bridesmaid out of state that needs to try it on to make sure. I also tried my dress back on; I need to call the original store I went to first and order it this week (that place didn't have the right color, and I wanted to see it before I ordered it). I need to get moving on save-the-dates, but won't have our engagement photos until mid-October. Most of the vendors are done; I just need to send the deposit to the cake person and the florist.

    We're walking from ceremony to reception--it's only about a block and a half, and those are tiny, small-town blocks. :)
  • wabanziwabanzi member
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    edited September 2013
    We just changed from destination to local! So I've started from scratch.... AGAIN! However, I've talked to our photographer, the caterer, reception venue and hopeful church venue. All of those will have their deposits next week. I've been looking at limo services and dj's and holy crap they're expensive. Is anyone else using a different type of transportation to get from ceremony to reception?
    Also, planning on dress shopping in Jan.. If I can hold off that long, but I'm still trying to sell my original one.

    We're thinking of renting a large mini-van/SUV for the week actually.  So many people to pick up from the airport with luggage. Plus, we need something that can haul all the stuff I've made for set up the days prior. We will have to give it the "dress test" first though to make sure I'll be able to get & out of it.

    Our ceremony & reception is all in one indoor location, so no one will really see what we are traveling in anyway.
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