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#1 amyh

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    Posted 25 August 2007 - 03:17 PM

    Hi ladies!

    okay, I'm 10 months away and I'm not sure what I should be working on now.

    So far, we've done a lot (I think)

    Set date, sent STD's.
    Booked reception location, photographer and band (and sent deposits to all)
    Purchased Starfish.

    I've started my search for invitations, my dress, and bridesmaid dresses.

    we are begining to get our paperwork ready and start our pre-cana (?) classes for our Catholic ceremony (we can book the Church in November once we have everything set.

    okay, now I have some questions:

    when is it too early (or too late) to book a florist?
    I've booked the band so far in advanced, should I email them from time to time to check-in or just have the WC at the Mayan do this for me?

    I have no clue what to do next. We've done most of the major things, but what are those little things I should be considering?

    TIA!

    #2 rodent

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      Posted 25 August 2007 - 04:23 PM

      I'm feeling the same way at 10 months out. What should I do now? It was so crazy for the first month, but now I'm not doing anymore planning. I've just been chatting on the forum. I wonder if I'm forgetting something.

      I've been working on getting travel together. We are in contact with our TA watching prices. It's still a little early though. We are taking engagement pics tomorrow. With those I'll make the STDs.

      This is what I have:
      booked place
      bought dress
      made website
      maybe have my shoes
      found TA
      started researching fun stuff to do in the area

      I think that's it. I'm not doing a big reception afterwards though. We are doing a standard hotel package so i have a lot less to plan.

      #3 foxytv

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        Posted 25 August 2007 - 04:52 PM

        I think it sounds like you both are on target.

        I'm more like 7 1/2 months out ... and am starting to freak out myself. lol.

        So far I've...
        -bought dress
        -bought shoes
        -found flowers
        -picked BM dresses
        -booked resort & sent STD's
        -booked honeymoon
        -narrowed down ceremony & reception sites at resort
        -made logos
        -picked wedding bands
        -rough draft of invitations done
        -AHR site/date chosen
        -keeping website updated
        -booked photographer
        -picked out (but not bought) GM gifts
        -got BD pics done

        But gosh, there is still ssoo much to do ...

        -SAVE MORE MONEY!!!!
        -buy slip/bra
        -buy veil, bracelet and earrings
        -restring pearl necklace
        -purchase airfare
        -order travel mugs
        -order OT bags and contents
        -pick out BM gifts
        -finalize and mail invites
        -find/buy swimsuits, dresses, etc for wedding week & honeymoon

        Lord knows there are a TOn of things I haven't even thought of yet. ugh.

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Morgan
        I'm feeling the same way at 10 months out. What should I do now? It was so crazy for the first month, but now I'm not doing anymore planning. I've just been chatting on the forum. I wonder if I'm forgetting something.

        I've been working on getting travel together. We are in contact with our TA watching prices. It's still a little early though. We are taking engagement pics tomorrow. With those I'll make the STDs.

        This is what I have:
        booked place
        bought dress
        made website
        maybe have my shoes
        found TA
        started researching fun stuff to do in the area

        I think that's it. I'm not doing a big reception afterwards though. We are doing a standard hotel package so i have a lot less to plan.
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by amyh
        Hi ladies!

        okay, I'm 10 months away and I'm not sure what I should be working on now.

        So far, we've done a lot (I think)

        Set date, sent STD's.
        Booked reception location, photographer and band (and sent deposits to all)
        Purchased Starfish.

        I've started my search for invitations, my dress, and bridesmaid dresses.

        we are begining to get our paperwork ready and start our pre-cana (?) classes for our Catholic ceremony (we can book the Church in November once we have everything set.

        okay, now I have some questions:

        when is it too early (or too late) to book a florist?
        I've booked the band so far in advanced, should I email them from time to time to check-in or just have the WC at the Mayan do this for me?

        I have no clue what to do next. We've done most of the major things, but what are those little things I should be considering?

        TIA!


        #4 KellyandMatt08

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          Posted 26 August 2007 - 10:36 AM

          I'm right there with you girls... Does anyone have a good DW timeline that they used to keep on track??

          #5 Spazz

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            Posted 26 August 2007 - 11:49 AM

            I would love to hear what else needs to be done. I'm 8 1/2 months out and feel like I've hit a lull too. I want to start doing more, but feel like maybe it's too early for some things. If anyone has a DW timeline, I would love to see it!

            #6 Cassondra2009

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              Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:19 PM

              Timeline for Planning the Best Destination Weddings

              12 Months or more

              * Create a wedding binder. Keep all ideas, swatches, photos, correspondence, etc. and keep it in an easily accessible place.
              * Set a budget and stick to it.
              * Consider purchasing wedding insurance to protect your wedding budget.
              * Compile a reasonable guest list. Don’t over invite assuming guests won’t come because of travel. Invite anyone you want to have present (budget permitting) and allow the guest to decide if they can or want to travel.
              * If you are getting married outside of the country, consider hiring a destination wedding planner or consultant who specializes in destination wedding locations and weddings abroad.

              11 Months prior

              * Set up a profile of the type of destination wedding your want
              * Research, research, research locations before you book. Note distance from airport to hotel, weather, seasons and time of year (consider hurricanes) amenities, etc.
              * Settle on a wedding date.
              * Send save the date cards. (optional).
              * Verify marriage residency requirements.
              * Research travel and accommodation options for guests
              * Consider visiting the destination location to be sure this is THE spot for you.

              10 months prior

              * Make destination wedding planning trip, if necessary
              * Set up meetings with any stateside wedding professional who may be traveling to your wedding locale.

              9 Months prior

              * Start putting together any legal documents required to marry at the destination wedding location.
              * Make travel arrangements to the destination wedding site, if possible.
              * Book the lodging accommodations for wedding attendants. You are responsible to foot the bill for at least 2 nights lodging for wedding attendants.
              * Complete itinerary for tours or any other extra curricular activities for guests, if applicable
              * Make your own travel arrangements for the wedding.

              8 Months prior

              * Register for gifts.
              * Determine style, formality and colors of wedding.
              * Consider style of stationery, invitations.

              7 Months prior

              * Select your destination wedding dress keeping the location, weather and location style in mind.
              * Choose and order bridesmaids wedding dresses.
              * Order groom and groomsmen attire.
              * Shop for wedding rings.

              6 Months prior

              * Make final selections on wedding cake baker, florists and d©cor, and transportation if necessary.
              * Work on ceremony details and buy any necessary items.
              * Finalize menu and wedding cake order.

              5 Months prior

              * Purchase fianc©â€™s gift (optional)
              * Order wedding favors (optional)
              * Buy gifts for wedding attendants and parents.

              4 Months prior

              * Finish addressing wedding invitations and mail.

              3 Months prior

              * Update your budget
              * Review contracts again and familiarize yourself with arrival times, etc.

              2 Months prior

              * Start creating seating charts. Yes, it is hard but it must be done.
              * Call guests who have not yet responded

              1 Month prior

              * Release any unnecessary rooms
              * Finalize all wedding day itineraries
              * Confirm travel arrangements with the hotel/resort

              3 Weeks prior

              * Send out emails to wedding providers who have been contracted to finalize the details.

              3 Days prior

              * Arrive at wedding destination
              * Meet with banquet manager
              * Go over details
              * Bridal beauty - manicure, pedicure – no change in facial products at this time. Any change in cleansers or makeup should be done at least one month prior to the wedding.

              The day of

              * Relax, say “I DO” and live happily ever after!


              This one doesn't have too many details...but it's the only one I've found so far!

              #7 Cassondra2009

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                Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:25 PM

                6 Months to a Year Before Your Destination Wedding

                ___ Decide on a wedding budget
                ___ Find your wedding style
                ___ Announce your engagement
                ___ Choose a wedding date
                ___ Choose a wedding location
                ___ Research the location, including using online resources, renting books from the library, purchasing books, talking to the local tourist bureau, and talking to friends and family who have been there. Ask resorts for "package deal information", special honeymoon/destination wedding offers, and other informative literature.
                ___ Look into marriage license requirements, and confirm them with the local tourist board
                ___ Find a local wedding coordinator – resorts often have someone on staff or you may be able to find someone through the tourist bureau.
                ___ Put together a wedding guest list
                ___ Send "Save the Date" cards
                ___ Follow up with guests by phone to get a general head count
                ___ If you want a traditional wedding dress, find it now
                ___ Start considering the groom's attire
                ___ Start considering the wedding party's attire
                ___ Obtain necessary legal documents, including, if necessary, passports, divorce certificates, visas, identification, birth certificates, notarized declarations of never having been married.
                ___ Consider your Bridal Beauty

                4 to 6 Months Before Your Destination Wedding

                ___ Work with your wedding coordinator to find a wedding florist, musicians, wedding photographer and wedding officiant. You may also want to find a hairstylist, makeup artist, and/or nail salon.
                ___ Decide on your wedding menu
                ___ Finalize wedding ceremony and reception details, arrange for signed contracts to be sent to you.
                ___ Order wedding invitations
                ___ Register for wedding gifts
                ___ Buy wedding rings. Consider having your wedding rings engraved.
                ___ Buy your plane tickets
                ___ Negotiate discounts with airlines and hotels
                ___ Create and distribute a wedding website or newsletter to share travel and wedding information
                ___ Finalize the groom's attire
                ___ Write and order your wedding invitations

                2 to 4 Months Before Your Destination Wedding
                ___ Mail your wedding invitations
                ___ Begin choosing or writing your wedding vows
                ___ Shop for shoes and other accessories
                ___ Make sure all of the wedding party and other essential people have made their travel arrangements
                ___ Finalize the bridal party attire

                1 to 2 Months Before Your Destination Wedding

                ___ Order wedding favors and gifts
                ___ Have your final dress fitting
                ___ Shop for vacation wear, including swimsuit(s), a rehearsal dinner outfit, sun protection

                2 Weeks Before Your Destination Wedding

                ___ Confirm all details with hotel, chef or caterer, florist, photographer, officiant, musicians and/or DJ, and others involved in the wedding
                ___ Arrange guest seating, if necessary
                ___ Assemble favors and/or welcome bags

                Upon Arrival

                ___ Apply for a marriage license
                ___ Meet with your wedding coordinator
                ___ Meet with your officiant
                ___ Visit the ceremony site
                ___ Distribute welcome bags to guests' rooms
                ___ Go over last minute details
                ___ Relax!

                Your Wedding Day
                ___ Do your best to relax, enjoy yourselves, focus on each other, and have fun with your friends and family.

                This one has some more details...hopefully this helps!

                #8 foxytv

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                  Posted 26 August 2007 - 01:29 PM

                  Thanks Cassondra! Very helpful!!

                  #9 Spazz

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                    Posted 26 August 2007 - 01:32 PM

                    Thank you Cassondra!!!

                    #10 rodent

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                      Posted 26 August 2007 - 10:03 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by Morgan
                      I'm feeling the same way at 10 months out. What should I do now? It was so crazy for the first month, but now I'm not doing anymore planning. I've just been chatting on the forum. I wonder if I'm forgetting something.

                      I've been working on getting travel together. We are in contact with our TA watching prices. It's still a little early though. We are taking engagement pics tomorrow. With those I'll make the STDs.

                      This is what I have:
                      booked place
                      bought dress
                      made website
                      maybe have my shoes
                      found TA
                      started researching fun stuff to do in the area

                      I think that's it. I'm not doing a big reception afterwards though. We are doing a standard hotel package so i have a lot less to plan.
                      I thought of a few more things I've done. I've made my registry. I haven't put it on my website yet, because it's still in the draft stages, but I have most of it done. I plan on updating it when the wedding is closer.

                      I've also been compiling music we'd want to use for the ceremony.

                      I haven't started making OOT bags, but I keep a running list of things I plan on doing when i get good ideas from the forum.

                      I don't feel like I've been doing much lately, but I realized I really have been. It's just not so frantic like it was for me the first month.




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