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« on: December 04, 2010 08:59:12 PM »

Hi everyone =)
So I got engaged to my best friend a few months ago. Of course, as soon as we told everyone 'we just got engaged!' they'd answer with 'cool! when's the wedding?' and we were like 'ehm...well...we just got engaged, we haven't planned that far ahead.'
But I was thinking about it, and I thought it'd be cute to fill up a big hardcover book with wedding ideas. Like, pictures of dresses/tuxes/decorations from magazines, a playlist of songs, and stuff like that. Also I'd fill it with pictures and personal quotes about us to make it more personal.
But the thing is, I have never been to a wedding before, so I have no idea what I'm supposed to be planning! This will just be full of fun ideas for us to think about, so really, anything goes =) I would love any ideas that you could give me.
Oh, and I was hoping to give it to him for Christmas, but if not, his birthday is in January so I'll aim for that =)
Thanks, craftsters <3!
« Last Edit: December 04, 2010 09:31:21 PM by ku-ko-rui » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2010 10:42:19 AM »

I would suggest going to theknot.com. I LOVE it. The whole site is about planning your wedding and it is amazing. They have a bunch of tools and pictures of dresses and tuxes and rings and mother of the bride dresses and flower girl stuff and random ideas.  Also, any wedding magazines you can find would be very helpful, and there are some great wedding shows if you have cable- just google for them- that are chock full of fun ideas.
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2010 04:57:33 PM »

Ok, for a "traditional" wedding, you usually have the following things"

-Your appearance: dress, jewellery, shoes, make-up, hair, bouquet, etc.
-Outfits for bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the groom.
-The place for the wedding, be it a church, a park, or somewhere else
-Someone to marry you. This bit is important. Smiley
-Invitations - what they look like, who you invite.
-The ceremony itself - what you want it to be like, look like, etc.
-Transport to the ceremony from wherever you and your fianc get prepared (usually separately), to the reception, and to wherever you're staying the night.
-Photography, sometimes video as well
-The reception - food, music, decoration, speeches, dancing, cake, seating arrangements, garter/bouquet tossing...
-The wedding night - some place to stay that *isn't* one of your parent's houses is good. Wink
-The honeymoon.

I think that's everything in a traditional wedding - I remember I liked the Cosmo Bride magazines. Smiley For your own wedding, feel free to add and subtract things as suits you best - I know I left out a whole lot of things, and focused on the individual traditions that meant something to us.

On top of that, I'd suggest joining a wedding forum for your local area - I joined an Australia-specific one, for example. They're a good way of getting input on vendors you're likely to use, since someone else hanging around the forum has probably used them already - it's a good way of finding out who to avoid like the plague. I found my dressmaker and photographer directly from forum recommendations.

I also really enjoyed this blog, http://godawfulweddingcrap.blogspot.com/, it was great for a laugh when I got stressed.

Hope that helps!
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