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Hey ladies ! I am new to the website and I also wanted to know in your honest opinion which would be easier on me (bride) continuing to plan the wedding by myself or paying a wedding planner. I am about to graduate with my BA and I won't have the largest amount of money so I want to spend my wedding budget wisely.. Also how do I find good deals for the Honeymoon?

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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Canooknic
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 Hi and welcome to Project Wedding!

If you're short on spare time then hiring a planner is probably the way to go, but if you are trying to keep spending low then doing it yourself is probably better!

Do you have anyone that would be able to help you with DIY projects? They definitely keep costs down.

With the honeymoon have you looked at Groupon deals? I've known of quite a few people that have got good deals - but it depends on whether you're set on a certain place or not.

Please ask as many questions as you need to - there are some amazing ladies on the forum that have great ideas xx

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm
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 Canooknic thank you for your response and I guess you could say I still have a lot of time becaue I am wanting my wedding to be in Sept 2015 and I have a good amount of siblings and a big family I am sure they would help lol Yes I am on groupon but those deals are sometime scary to commit to.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm
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 even if you are planning the wedding yourself, you can hire a wedding coordinator for an innital consult on the areas to focus on to get the biggest bang for your buck.  then, hire that same person to coordinate everything the day of the wedding.  that brings the costs down, but you do still get some of the benefits of a wedding planner.

as far as honeymoons go, i really suggest narrowing down the type of honeymoon  you want.  Camping? Visit a big city and see the sights?  Laid back mountain retreat?  Laid back beach vacation?  Visit an older city and see the sights? international?  once you know the kind of honeymoon you want, then it makes searching for information and deals so much easier.  do some research online about the top ________ honeymoon spots.  then i'd ask for information packets from those locations.  it may mean contacting the chamber of commerce for a city and getting a vacation packet.  a lot of the sites want to know if you are planning a vacation or honeymoon.  be sure to indicate honeymoon because they typically will give you more info and special deals that are meant specifically for honeymooners.  once you have received all the packets from the various destination choices, you can weed down to a couple you like the best or the one you know you want.  then it is just a matter of figureing out a good place to stay.  check the local lodging and then do searchs online for reviews of those hotels/b&bs or whatever.  be sure that you pay attention to the date of the reviews.  if you know the city you want, but can't figure out where to stay etc, then i recommend a travel agent.  they can sometimes also make you aware of package deals where maybe you get your room plus tickets to some local attraction.  travel agents can be a little overwhelming if you dont have any clue where you want to go on a honeymoon when you walk into their office.  they will give you too many options, so narrowing down your choice first will really help you.

always love seeing new people on pw, so welcome and  i hope you enjoy the planning process and get a lot of use from the forums.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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 I was pretty much going to say what krosa said...LOL.  I have done most of the planning myself along with the help of my family and friends of course.  However, I did hire a DOC and it was one of the best decisions I have made thus far.

I am also doing a lot of DIY projects but trying not to take too much on since that can get overwhelming and is sometimes easier to just pay someone to do it for you.  I think it's a personal decision and you have plenty of time to plan.  

I too had plenty of time to plan since I had to postpone my wedding for a year.  Start now though because it goes much quicker than you think.  The day will be here before you know it.  Research is key.  Do your homework on your vendors and when you choose a venue ask them for a preferred vendor list.  It helps tremendously.

Good luck and congratulations on your engagement.  Welcome to PW.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

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