Prior to your wedding there are several things we need to discuss to keep your event organized and to make sure your wedding happens without problems. Staying organized and on schedule is imperative when planning your wedding. If not, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Step one. Pop the question! If she says yes, you’re on your way to wedded bliss.
Step two. Announce your engagement. This can be done in a variety of ways. For example, a letterpress announcement card can be sent. These can be sent 6 months to a year in advance. You will need to review and finalize your guest list at this point. An alternative method is to use email or e-card to notify your friends and family of your engagement. You probably already have the email addresses of most folks at this point.
Step three. Decide if you are going to plan your own wedding or will you require the assistance of a wedding planner. There are many resources for wedding planners on the web. If you decide to do it yourself I would recommend you find a checklist to cover all the details that you will need to pull off your wedding to make it a complete success.
Step four. Come up with a wedding budget. This is of vital importance and must not be overlooked or you could spend more money than you anticipated. There are also free budgets and templates that you can download and use to assist you.
Step five. Confirm your wedding date, time and location of your event. You will need to confirm that the space you would like is available for your wedding date and time. This information should be confirmed so you can send out save the date cards.
Step six. Determine the type of wedding that you would like to have. Do you want an informal wedding or formal? Black tie wedding? This will also play into the importance of the location as well and the time of your wedding.
Step seven. You will need to determine who will be the officiant for your ceremony and you’ll probably need to go into counseling prior to your wedding. This is usually only a one time visit. Don’t forget the marriage license. These rules for your license vary from state to state, so be sure to check ahead of time at the local clerk of the court.
Step eight. Decide how many guests will be attending your event. It will be important to get a list from the in-laws of the guest that they would like to attend in order of importance. This can be done for the save the date. Remember, some invitees can just be invited to the reception and not the wedding.
Step nine. Begin making hotel arrangements for your guest and be sure to get a discount from the hotel for your party. You’ll also need to decide on the type of music and schedule this ahead as well.
Step ten. The wedding party. Decide who will be in the wedding party and the proper attire for both parties.
Step 11. Decide on a wedding photographer. Inspect their work and ask for references and talk with them. Compare prices as well or if you are not picky, have a talented friend do it.
Step to 12. Begin looking for a florist who will help you with your flowers and arrangements for the wedding in the ceremony. Your local garden club may be able to help and keep cost down or give you ideas.
And lastly don’t forget to set up a bridal registry at a few places and go over these items with your fiance.
Hopefully, utilizing the steps above will help get your wedding off to a good start.