Monday, 21 March 2016

The First Steps of Planning Your Wedding*

Congratulations on your engagement; you are getting married! There can be a lot to plan, so bear with me. Before we get to the nitty-gritty of the dress, ceremony and bridesmaid’s dresses, there is the matter of choosing a date. Pretty much everything revolves around it, so it is a good idea to have one sooner rather than later.

The date will depend on what you have always had in mind. Some people may have always dreamt of a summer wedding; some may have always wanted to wrap up and have a winter wedding. It will also depend on the budget that you have. Setting the budget is one of the first things that you should do. It might feel a little awkward, but it is a good idea to sit down and have a conversation. It should include people like parents if that is applicable, and, of course, your other half. You need to know what is available to spend. You want to know if your dream of having a wedding abroad can be a reality, for example.

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When you know what type of wedding you are looking at, you can start to look at locations. There are so many options that you can choose from. Do you want a traditional church wedding? Would you prefer a modern garden wedding? You might want a luxurious manor house wedding. Whatever you choose from, make sure you have a proper look around at your chosen location. Then the date needs to be determined. If you have always wanted to get married in a particular church, for example, the date you choose might be determined by its availability. So sit down and chat through the available dates at your chosen location. It might be a bit of a wait for some days or dates. If you want to get married sooner, then it might be worth compromising on the date. Getting married on a weekday is often cheaper and less of a waiting time.

When you have looked at a location and chosen a date, it might be worth sending out save the date cards. If the wedding date is quite a while away, then it is worth sending these out. If it is within a year, you don’t need to send then necessarily. Once you have the date and location, though, regardless of save the date cards, you could get started on the wedding invitations. You could make your own or get some custom made. There are so many options available from rustic wedding invites to funky and modern versions. So shop around and think what will match the style of the wedding that you want.

Keep a note of any invoices and documentation that you gather along the way. You will want to keep a record of what you have paid and what you have left to pay, for example. If you plan well and keep on top of it all, it will run smoothly. Good luck with planning your wedding!

P.S I'm not getting married!


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  1. Very good advice! We got married in Las Vegas, and the venue we used provided us with a wedding planner. She gave us a questionnaire to fill out (regarding our aesthetics, style, etc.), and all we had to do was show up on the day of the wedding, and everything worked out like a well-oiled machine. I highly recommend readers to get a wedding planner, seriously; leave all the work to the professionals, so that you can enjoy your wedding. :o)
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