July 18, 2009 8:10pm CST
I need ideas for weddings and advice. When is the best time of year for a wedding? What do i need to do before the wedding date and how long before? I am an only child and have never helped plan a wedding. I know that i need to pick my colors, my dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the groom's tux and his groomsmen's tuxes, I know I need to pick a location and a place for the reception and set up the honeymoon. I know that I need to order the cake, what else? Also, I'm on a pretty tight budget, any suggestions on saving money on the wedding? any help is appreciated.
20 Jul 09
The very first thing that I do is that I researh on the net and look for all possible reading materials to help me prepare - magazines, books. I also like to look at wedding pictures of the people I know to have an idea on what I want. Here's the plan I did, step by step:1. I decided what is the theme and motif of my wedding. 2. I list down the what to dos and schedule them by month. 3. I and my fiance decided what type of wedding we want - church or civil? 4. Location of the venue. 5. I look for photographer, souvenir, dress, cake, flowers and etc. 6. For easier preparation, I make sure that I tell my prospective supplier of my budget. so that I would know if my budget fit their services. If not, I can easily look for another supplier or ask them if they can refer someone who fitted my budget. Just be open minded wih your preparation, if you have strict budget then don't ask too much from the suppliers. And I also believe that if you relate with your suppliers kindly, they will surpass your expectations on them..that is doing the extra mile for you.
• United States
21 Jul 09
Thank you for this helpful response. I have already started thinking about the colors and the dress and how many people in the wedding party. We have pretty much decided on a church wedding, because we were raised in the same church... that was simple! we will plan to have the wedding in our church, maybe the reception there as well in the reception hall, maybe not..... I have a couple of friends who do photography and they will give me decent rates, I have 1 in particular in mind. his aunt makes wedding cakes.... that's covered! a good friend of the family owns a flower shop... that's also covered! The joys of living in a small town. A few of my friends have even offered to sell me left overs from their weddings at a discount. LOL! I may take up their offers on part of that.
23 Jul 09
Well, it's nice to know that a lot of people are willing to extend their talents/help on your upcoming wedding. I am excited for you because a wedding is more special if most of the preparation came from the people whom you know. I know it will be a success and very memorable to you and to your fiance. Happy preparation for your wedding and have a wonderful one.
• United States
19 Jul 09
Hello, I married here (USA) as well, but not that big wedding cuz our relatives are in different country. However, I got married again with the same man in my country was really big. Most of the part are our parents choice and all we have to do just dress up like a king and queen and celebrate.... Everything else was picked. Over here, all i had to do was choosing the dress and restaurant only.
21 Jul 09
My advice is to do your own thing and don't be pressurised by others - it's your (and your grooms) day after all. We saved a lot of money by getting married abroad, we had a small reception for about 20 of us in a restaurant which was far cheaper than a formal reception... We also just changed accommodation for our honeymoon seeing as we were already abroad... If you are good at organising and know what you want, you can do exactly as you please!