Make your wedding day the relaxed, loving, fun experience you’ve been dreaming about since forever. By planning well in advance, making some strategic decisions, and using some of the many tools and checklists available on the web, you, your family, and and your wedding party can enjoy this special occasion right from the start.
Once you’ve agreed that it’s time to marry, answer the following questions about your wedding plans to minimize the tension that results from lack of clear communication:
- When would you like to be married? The more elaborate the wedding, the more lead time you’ll need to plan. Start with a year’s planning in mind, and adjust as you clarify your needs and wants.
- What is your vision of an ideal wedding? This may vary from an informal, barefoot-on-the-beach ceremony to a private elopement to a large, formal wedding with many attendants.
- What’s the total wedding budget? It’s best to have a clear idea right from the start so that you can prioritize what you will spend on each detail.
- Who will be paying for what parts of the wedding? Be specific, and confirm with each person who will be paying for part of your wedding what financial responsibilities you have in mind for their generosity.
- Who are the key people who will take responsibility for planning and carrying out every detail of the wedding? From pre-nuptial activities to the return from the honeymoon, these people should be your most trusted friends and relatives, in cooperation with the many professionals who will be responsible for single components of your celebration. Again, be specific, and confirm with each person what you want them to do and how much time you think their responsibilities will take.
Once you have clarified the answers to these key questions, you’re ready to organize your wedding planning documents to help you track progress on all the details.
Locate your planning resources. As you prepare to “tie the knot,” consult one of the many full-service wedding sites on the web for tips, tools, and checklists to help you plan. There’s no need to think of all the details yourself when so many others have created resources for you. One of the most popular is The Knot.
Use checklists. The details for your wedding can seem overwhelming. A thorough checklist can help you identify what needs to be done, who is responsible, when each task should be accomplished, and how much you estimate it will cost. Visit SheKnows LLC for a 12-month checklist that may be easily adapted to your timeline.
Choose a style. Plan your wedding ceremony so that it reflects your unique style. Whether formal, semiformal, or informal, your choices will make your ceremony the memorable occasion you have always imagined it to be. The Wedding Channel helps you identify the style you prefer for your ceremony and guides you to additional resources to help you plan for that style.
Think about your honeymoon. Whether it’s an exotic trip to a faraway location or a short escape to a nearby bed-and-breakfast, the honeymoon is your time to relax as a couple, enjoy each other’s company, and think about your life together. In the midst of all the other preparations, it’s tempting to put off honeymoon plans or treat this part of your wedding as an afterthought. Instead, put someone in charge (often the groom is assigned this task) who can devote time to all the details required to make your honeymoon as memorable as your wedding day. For a wide range of ideas from cheap to unique, visit Creative Honeymoon Ideas.
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