On July 26, 2013 MyMan and I got engaged.
Did I tell you how he proposed at Central Park AT NIGHT in front of 6 hobos? Yea, about that... lol
|I love my ring! He totally got my taste with the radiant cut diamond and the diamond halo.|
Our wedding date is July 26, 2015.
Yes, it's only a whopping nine months away.
What has Jax done for the wedding short of booking the church and the catering hall?
Booking the catering hall and the church does count as something, right? RIGHT?
Other than those 2 things, the only other thing she has done is LOOK at invitations.
That means she still needs to pick out a wedding dress, the bridal party clothes, flowers, a baker, a photographer, a limo company, a DJ, wedding rings, favors...
...and all the other obnoxious million things that come with planning an event.
For the love of God, I do not have the time, energy, or money for all of this.
Since I officially hit the 9 month marker, I figured it's time to get organized.
How to have a wedding on a budget: Month Nine
1. Pick your colors.
I've decided to go with a ballerina pink and light gold theme.
Now I have a basis on what to look for when shopping around.
Something pretty, yet unique.
2. Pick your bridal party and let them know.
As your bridal party, they should help you and be there to guide you.
I know mine have been behind me to get started in this process, but I'm a procrastinator!
3. Book the place you will be having the wedding.
I've booked the church and MyMan is currently in RCIA to become a Catholic. Love him for that!
I've also booked the catering hall and put down the deposit to make sure they keep the date.
After this step, you're about to lose me. This is my last check mark on my own list. Sigh!
4. Make a Budget
Now that you know where you are having the wedding, you can make a budget.
Set up an amount you are willing to spend and then divide it between sub categories.
For example, I'm willing to spend $15,000 on the big day, but only can put $1000 for the flowers.
Make sure you leave extra room, because everything will cost more than you think. I promise!
5. Guest List
Get an idea in mind of how many people your budget can afford.
Then make a guest list that fits in your budget.
After you have a final list, start getting all of your addresses together and keep it in a safe place.
I'm totally dreading this process. "Hi cousin I haven't spoke to in 5 years, where do you live?"
6. Dress Shopping
Set a date aside where your bridal party and yourself can get together and try on dresses.
I would assume this is a lengthy process and may take more than one day.
Make sure your dress is in your budget and their dresses are in theirs!
Ordering a dress and tailoring can take lots of time...ug!
7. Shop Around
Start shopping around for all of the things you need to lay out cash for.
Interview DJs and look around for a photographer.
This is a time consuming process, especially when money is a factor.
How about one of my blogging buddies doing this for me? I totally dread dealing with sales people...
Start looking around for invitations.
Believe it or not, these are very expensive and very detailed!
They also take time to get ordered, be printed, and then have addresses marked on.
Not to mention, they need to be ready to go 2 months BEFORE the wedding.
It surprised me that I need to design them myself. You want a dot? You need to pick the TYPE of dot. Sigh...
For those of you planning to take a honeymoon, now would be a good time to start looking.
This is something that would need to be included in your budget.
Lucky for me, we are planning a romantic get away to somewhere low key. No planning, thank God!
This should get you in a good place for getting everything done in time for your wedding.
At least, I'm hoping it will.
Last thing I want is a low budget wedding that everyone talks bad about later...
What else needs to be done at the 9 month marker?
Please share as you may save me embarrassment on my big day!
**Please note it just killed my OCD to make a list with (9) things, but, I was able to justify it since we are at the 9-month marker. My apologies if it made you cringe too. **