Stacey
Devoted July 2020

What are the top things to be done?

Stacey, on June 11, 2019 at 5:06 PM Posted in Planning 0 60
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What is your top 5 things that you felt needed to be done first? I’m 13 months away from wedding day and all I have is the venue chosen.

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
    Budget
    Guest list
    Venue
    Dj
    Photo

    Those were the large things I got done earliest
  • Furture Mrs. G
    Expert September 2019
    Furture Mrs. G ·

    I think you still have quite a bit of time. When we got engaged we have 11 months to plan. First things we took care of was BUDGET, Guest list, Dress, Venue, Cake, Photographer, HMUA.

  • Jennifer
    Expert October 2019
    Jennifer ·
    Budget
    Guest list
    Venue
    Caterer
    Photographer

    Those were the things that all kind of hinged on one another, so those were what got prioritized.
  • JuneBride2018
    Devoted June 2018
    JuneBride2018 ·
    Definitely budget
    Photographer
    Cake (as they tend to book fast)
    Dress (Mine took 6 months to come in and it was held two months for alterations due to prom season and other weddings)
    hair and mua
    decorator if you’re having one
  • Stacey
    Devoted July 2020
    Stacey ·
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    I think I finally found a photographer I want. The guest list keeps changing all the time for me.
  • Stacey
    Devoted July 2020
    Stacey ·
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    Ohhhh...I don’t think I realized that cake would book so fast. I should start looking into that.
  • Cristy
    Rockstar May 2020
    Cristy ·

    Budget

    Guest list

    Venue

    Photographer

    DJ

    I've got all of these done now, just making my vendor payments! I also have my dress, veil, undergarments. Now just need to focus on desserts (not having a traditional cake), and attire for my BMs and FHs GMs, and decor. Not too much left to do, really. I'm trying to take my time and enjoy it as much as I can.

  • Stacey
    Devoted July 2020
    Stacey ·
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    Nice! Sounds like you’ve got a lot accomplished! That’s awesome!
  • Stacey
    Devoted July 2020
    Stacey ·
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    I couldn’t imagine putting everything together in 11 months. I salute you and those that have short engagements.
  • Nykole
    Expert October 2019
    Nykole ·
    Pretty much the same as what everyone else is suggesting. First, I set a comfortable budget. I picked a maximum number that I felt 100% okay with spending. After that, I sat down with FH and we created the first draft of our guest list. Then, I started researching venues that could comfortably house our maximum number for guests. Next, I hired a photographer and a photo booth guy.
  • Megan
    Savvy June 2019
    Megan ·

    1. Venue (especially if you have one that you're interested in)

    2. Photographer (this was most important for me, because it was the only decision that was going to stretch way past the wedding day -- those pictures are memories for life.

    3. Caterer

    4. Cake

    5. Rentals


    Everyone else said budget and guest list. I personally had so many changes in my guest list along the way that I don't suggest putting too much effort into making one right away. Another common one I see is budget. With both of these things, it's really hard to make solid numbers this far ahead in the game. Sure, it'd be nice. But rounded estimates are much more realistic in my opinion.

  • Veronica
    Devoted May 2020
    Veronica ·
    1 Budget honestly the most important thing to us it to see how we can budget and cut back costs thankfully our parents are paying for 95% of the wedding

    2. Venue we knew we wanted an outdoor spring wedding so this took the most time trying to find a venue in our budget and one we loved and since we booked it last year we got that price before it increased

    3 Photographer we used our engagement photos to see if we wanted to book her for our wedding and we already knew we would because we LOVE her work and we vibed so well

    4 Videographer

    5. DJ!
  • Anna
    Rockstar June 2020
    Anna ·
    Im about a year away...

    Next June 6th
    I have the venue
    The caterer
    The cake
    The DJ
    The officiant
    My dress and Veil
    My bridesmaids dresses and Sandals
    The photographer
    And our Honeymoon
    All deposits paid and making payments
  • Anna
    Rockstar June 2020
    Anna ·
    Oh I have my budget and we've taken engagement photos
    We have our guest lists too but, it's a small wedding 50 guests
    Working on save the dates to send out in September.
  • Andrea
    Super October 2019
    Andrea ·
    Venue
    Caterer
    Photographer
    Tent/Table/Chair Rental
    Guest List
  • Alisha
    Expert August 2020
    Alisha ·

    Venue

    my dress

    photography

    dj

    officiant

    food

  • Stacey
    Devoted July 2020
    Stacey ·
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    Nice! I’m the planner where my FH is more of a procrastinator.
  • Courtnee
    Savvy December 2019
    Courtnee ·

    Budget

    Venue

    Bridal Party

    Guest List

    Save the Dates

  • Stacey
    Devoted July 2020
    Stacey ·
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    That’s kinda how I was feeling. I found a photographer but FH thinks we have time to get the rest of the stuff scheduled. I personally don’t think so. If you find someone you like at a great price, I say you jump on it.
  • Stacey
    Devoted July 2020
    Stacey ·
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    I also think a photographer is important to schedule ASAP.

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