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INSPIREDBYLOVE Posts: 10
1/17/11 3:48 P

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I found ourweddingday.com to be a helpful site - a lot of info available. can also customize a page to share with family & friends.

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1/13/11 2:47 P

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I just got married a couple weeks ago, so things are still fresh in my mind so I joined this team so I could specifically answer this...

First off, decide what is MOST important to you. Is is that your entire family can be there, a specific venue you love, or a certain date? You must decide on your "deciding factor" (DF) first. Mine was the church--we knew where we wanted to get married so we based everything on that. You also need to decide a general time-frame and go from there. Once you've decided on your DF, build up from there. What's your next biggest factor? Ours was clearly family, so we figured out when would NOT work for the majority of our family. After that, we narrowed down our time-frame and called the church. We booked the date for the church, then went from there.

If you absolutely love a caterer, ask what venues they work with. If you love a reception location, ask what caterers they work with. Those are two of the biggest things so you want to be sure you'll be happy with both choices.

As for your dress, it depends on where you live. I planned my ENTIRE wedding start to finish in less than 6 months and that includes ordering my dress, altering the dress, booking the ceremony and reception location, choosing food, getting fit, choosing a DJ, etc. If you're dedicated, you can do it.

I think the single-most important thing was having someone to help me. My mom did a LOT of work for my wedding and I don't think I could have planned it without her. Anytime someone offers to help, take them up on it. They can call venues and see if they're available for your wedding date, call photographers to request portfolios, schedule appointments to meet vendors, etc. I would have been lost without my mom paring down all my lists for me. I started with a list of everyone/thing I might be interested in then she called to see if they were even available for my wedding date and then got their website, general pricing, etc. From there, I generally had to choose between only a couple of choices and it was really nice!

If you need more tips, please feel free to ask me! I learned everything the hard way so I really want to help other brides-to-be out there plan the wedding of their dreams on a budget, on a timeline, and with little to no stress!

And congrats! (:

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11/5/10 9:56 A

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Hi, I just got engaged in July and the first thing I did was find a venue! The venue is crucial to how much you are willing to spend and your budget. I originally wanted to rent a tent and have the wedding at my grandparents country home. After adding all the extra rentals I realized it was not worth it. So I decided to do the beach. The place said it had three dates in Fall. I called and the date I wanted had been booked an hour before me!
I quickly discovered two things.
1. Don't pick the date first- It is the season and venue that matter
2. Pick the venue you like first then book on what is available. It is the romantic setting and person you marrying that marry- not the date.
Hope that helps :)

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10/27/10 3:44 P

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Thanks! If I have any more questions I'll definitely be asking you :)

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10/27/10 2:30 P

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Depending on when your wedding day is, you might not have to worry. I'm not planning to get married for a couple years, so I'm not planning anything yet, really! I'm helping a friend plan one for June, though, so I'm seeing a lot of wedding planning right now :). Most venues and photographers need about a year's notice, but some of them you can book with 6-8 months notice (it's really tight, though!). You want to order your wedding dress close to a year in advance, too, because most dresses will take 6-8 months to arrive, and then they need to be altered to fit your body and add the snaps/ties for your bustle, etc. You want to send your invitations out about 3-4 months in advance, but it doesn't hurt to send a save-the-date once you have your wedding day and guest list :).

If you have any more specific questions, let me know and I'll try to answer them! :)

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9/30/10 3:28 P

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I have been engaged for 2 months and have nothing yet. We just started looking at venues and have discussed a date. I'm open to advice as well.

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9/27/10 9:11 A

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I just got engaged on Friday, and am being BOMBARDED with questions from Family. Where do we start the planning? Should we pick a venue before picking a date, or the other way around? Engagement Photos, who do we use?!

This is all new to me, any advice or help is much appreciated!

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