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Hi everyone,


I'm just starting planning a wedding in August 08. We've narrowed destinations down to the US Virgin Islands or Key West and am leaning pretty heavily towards St Croix right now. Any advice on what to focus on in the beginning planning stages would be much appreciated!

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Other than focusing on which location has the site you're most in love with, i would also focus on what is in your budget and what would be more affordable for guests. At this point I researched flight costs, hotel/villa costs, etc.


I honestly didn't do any other planning until i got my exact location decided.

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Welcome! Jessica is right - it's hard to plan much more w/o knowing your date and location.


You could always start making a guest list, and think about when you want to send out your Save the Dates. If photography is important to you, you may want to start looking at your options there as well - at least narrow it down to your top favorites so that once you do have the date/place - you can find out who is available.


Let us know if we can help!

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sounds like youre gettting some good advice. its easier to start visualizing your day once you have the place. then i would start thinking about photographers. i already have about 7 weddings for next year. things seem to be filling up faster than the year before.


after you get those things out of the way id move on to the dress!!! and how fun is that! sometimes i miss wedding planning. i wish i could go dress shopping.


congrats :)

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I am getting married in St Thomas in June 08 I found a fantastic coordinator and most of what you need is already apart of her package. try her. I too can help you if need be. try stthomasweddingpackages.com

Try this as well. Hope this helps.



Eighteen to Twelve Months away from the wedding, you should:

oDecide on a wedding date. Make and appointment with your clergyman or officiants.

oDiscuss with your fiancée and your family how much you want to spend. Assemble your wedding guest list in consultation with both families

oPick a reception venue and make the necessary reservations.

oShop for the engagement ring.

oConsider working with a professional wedding planner.

oBook your music or entertainment


Eight to ten months before the wedding:

oShop for your wedding dress and veil. Several fitting are usually required.

oSelect china, crystal and silverware patterns and register them in the Wedding Gift Registry at you favorite store

oSelect your bridesmaids.

oSet the date to order dresses for the bridesmaids and attendants.

oPick a honeymoon destination. Check to see if your passports need to be renewed and if any inoculations are required for foreign destinations.

oHire a photographer and inform him/her of the location of the wedding, reception, and any other functions you want photographed.


Six to eight months before the wedding:

oFinalize your guest list and compare it with your fiancés. Divide the list into those receiving invitations and those receiving announcements only.

oOrder your invitations and announcements. Your invitations should be mailed four weeks before the wedding.

oOrder your personal stationery and thank-you notes.

oDecide on a color scheme four your wedding and inform your mother and your fiancés mother so they can find compatible colored dresses and hem lengths.

oTalk to a florist about which flowers will match the color scheme youâ€ve chosen.

oArrange the transportation for all the members of your wedding party to and from the ceremony and the reception by reserving limousines or other transportation.


Three months before the wedding:

oOrder your wedding broom and coordinating broom favors

oConfirm the delivery date of your gown and make the final selection of the attendantâ€s dresses.

oMake an appointment for your bridal portrait.

oOrder your wedding cake, if it is not to be made by the reception caterer.

oInform your clergyman or officiants of all the details of your ceremony including flowers, music, photographs, canopies, carpets, etc.

oDiscuss the details of your wedding with the caterer and/or hotel manager.

oIf youâ€re renting any equipment reserve it now.

oOrder/Confirm any and all rental items (i.e. tables, linens, candelabras, back-drops, etc.) With the respective rental companies.

One Month before the wedding:

oMail the invitations

oHave the final fitting for your gown and confirm the date for your bridal portrait.

oSelect and order gifts for the attendants. Bridesmaids usually receive the same gift, for the maid or matron of on get something a little more special.

oChoose the wedding bands

oMake room reservations for out –of-town attendants.

oMake necessary arrangements for the bridesmaidâ€s luncheon or dinner.

oDiscuss plans for the rehearsal dinner with the hosts.

oKeep up with your correspondence. Itâ€s a good idea to addressing your announcements now so they can all go out together the day after the wedding.


Two weeks before the wedding:

oGo with your fiancé to fill the necessary forms for your marriage license.

oPlan with your hairdresser for a wedding hair-do. Bring your headpiece and veil, and make your appointment if you want your hair done on the day of the wedding.

oIf you are changing your name, arrange to change your name and address on official documents (drivers license, bank accounts, insurance and health policies.)

oDeliver your wedding announcement to the local papers society director.


One week before your wedding:

oStart your honeymoon packing.

oCheck to see wedding announcements are all addressed, stamped and ready for your parents to mail the day after the wedding.

oHave the luncheon or dinner for the bridesmaids.

oSchedule your rehearsal for one or two days before the wedding.

oInform participants of the exact time and place.

oWrap and present gifts to your attendants at the bridesmaids†party.

oInform the caterer of the exact number of confirmed guests.

oGo over the final details of the ceremony and reception with all of the parties involved.

oRelax take a day off just before the wedding and pamper yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure and massage. Itâ€s the perfect way to prepare for the big day.

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Originally Posted by JaimeLynne View Post
LadyP - thanks for the great advice!
not a problem that is what we are here for to helpeach other. Did I give you the coordinator info?

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