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Question for the Marrieds!

How does one go about properly researching wedding stuff? I've bought one Modern Brides magazine and looked at some others and been to brides.com and am mostly baffled and overwhelmed. Anyone have any suggestions on good books, sites, etc?

I want to get some research in cos hey, vacation. Also I really don't have too much idea what's out there or what costs what.

Stuff I DO know:

--NEED inexpensive where possible

--LIKE the idea of a Renaissance theme

--definitely no priest/church involved; possibly have ceremony performed by friend with internet certificate or just a mutual exchange of vows

--REALLY LIKE the idea of outside, either first day of spring or summer solstice.

What say you all?

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djsolaries
Dec. 22nd, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
well,

You must need a year in advance planning a wedding. Last minute weddings don't do as well as a planned one. You need to have a budget, and you need to have a color theme. If you have friends who know people who are photographers,catering,and DJ'ing.. That will help you out and never ever hesitate to ask for discounts. You really should tell people that you are on a budget and people will be very kind to you... The major fact here is, that the person who sees someone getting married, sees $$ signs, and once you come forth and tell people that you are on a budget it will be helpful to them and yourself. You also need to get in touch with both families and see what type of funds that they can contribute. This is your day and this only comes once in your life. If you feel overwhelmed thats what bridesmades are there for you to help you out.;) Give a list to a close friend who will be there every step of the way, to help you decide what color theme etc..

I have a lot of experience with wedding planning, and event planning and if you need any type of help I'd be glad to help you out..

--Carolynn
caitri
Dec. 23rd, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
Thanks, Carolynn!! Today I found a magazine called Washington Weddings that had lovely lists of all the stuff in the DC area with price-tags and estimations, so now I have an idea of what I'm dealing with! Do you think it's easier to buy a wedding planner or just make one yourself with a binder etc?
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caitri
Dec. 23rd, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: Welcome to the roller coaster!!
Thanks for the recommendations, I am totally Amazoning that book now!!!

Scott and I think we want to have our wedding during the Cherry Blossom Festival, which will be beautiful and is also meaningful for us since it's where we met. So that means we're aiming for April 2008. I think I'm going to take the next few months to do research and really work out what we want solidly and then we can get things on the go. What do you think?
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