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Wedding Planning Guide 101

Wedding Planning Guide 101

Congratulations! You are engaged to be married. After the excitement and the high of being engaged, you are now in front of your computer wondering what to do next. This wedding planning guide will give you the basics but as for the rest, you will have to leave it to common sense.

  • Where to begin – This step, you are doing now. Searching for a wedding planning guide online will help you know where to start. You should also know that there are many tools online such as wedding budget calculators and wedding journals that can help you along the way.
  • Budget – You will need to talk to your partner about this. By knowing your budget, you can narrow down the type of wedding you will have, how many people to invite, and how much to spend on foods, clothes, and decorations.
  • Take out your pen and paper and start listing – Begin by having separate lists of things you need to buy, people to inform or invite, things needed for the ceremony, things needed for the entourage, things needed for the reception, etc. The grander the wedding, the more people you will need to help you out. A wedding planner may come in handy if your budget can manage one. If not, then you will have to rely on articles such as this one for advice.
  • Gradually inform the people you will be inviting – This is the tricky part. Most couples may forget people and it may result to feelings being hurt or grudges. The best way to avoid this is to sit down and check your family tree then your facebook profile for your list of friends. Be warned though, there should be at least two of your friends who do not use social networking sites.
  • Assign a trusted friend or family member to work on some of the things you need – You can ask your sister, for instance, to check on the wedding dresses. You can ask your brother to drive you from one place to another. If you’re an only child, then your friends will definitely come in handy. You can ask them to pick up the flowers or the dresses.
  • Wedding Vows, among other things – This refers to the things that will be needed during the ceremony. This includes the bouquet, the ring, and most importantly, your wedding vow. While it won’t be so difficult to make something up during the ceremony, it will still help if you at least have an outline of the things you have to say.
  • Check on another wedding planning guide online in case something is left out here.

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Secret to a Memorable Wedding: Choosing the Right Wedding Planner

Secret to a Memorable Wedding: Choosing the Right Wedding Planner

Life is full of choices. Just when you choose to get married, you will now need to choose a wedding planner to do all the dirty work for you. While it may be convenient in the long run, trusting your wedding to one person may break or make it depending on your choice. So here are some guidelines to make sure you don’t mess this part up.

  • Wedding planners may come in form of a book and/or human. The book can give you a detailed list of the things you need to do. It is cheaper and you have the freedom to do everything yourself. On the other hand, hiring a talking, walking, thinking human planner will save you all the effort. A human planner can be an invaluable tool so you can worry less and enjoy this special day. Not to mention, you are saved from all the legwork that a human planner can take care of.
  • Ask friends and family – Like most professional services, you can ask for recommendations from your friends or relatives who may know a planner who has done a great job in his or her previous projects. It is always good to have a referral from someone you know compared to reading advertisements made by the planner himself or herself. In case you really need to look one yourself, you can look for a wedding planner or coordinator in phonebooks or in the classified ads sections of newspapers.
  • Interview – Make sure you do this yourself. Consider this as an audition. This is an important job for an important occasion. You need to feel confident with this person. Make sure you can depend on him or her for this special day. Remember that if you’re in doubt, throw it out. Do not bet on someone you don’t connect with or someone who you’re having a hard time talking to. It is important that you understand each other and that he or she can live up to your expectations.
  • The price – You should know that a wedding planner costs about ten percent of the cost of the wedding. If you think this is too much, then think about how much you would spend if you do everything yourself. Also, think about how much time and effort this may cause you. Consider that there is no price for effort. Not to mention the stress you may experience if you prepare everything and be married at the same time.

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Wedding Planning – Things to Think about Before You Tie the Noose

Wedding Planning – Things to Think about Before You Tie the Noose

So you got a groom, a ring, and a wedding dress. Everything is set except that there are so many things to do. You will need sponsors, decorations, order of the ceremony, photography, wedding reception arrangements, wedding invitations, wedding vows, wedding songs, wedding rehearsals, wedding flowers, transportation, bridal party, wedding date, and tons of other things that a normal person goes through before tying the noose. Contrary to popular belief, wedding planning is not as easy as eating peanuts. Regardless of how grand the wedding is, there are many things to prepare and think about before your much awaited day. Here are some things that you might have forgotten.

  • The priest or judge – This depends on your belief or on where you will be holding your wedding. Regardless of our differences in religious and social upbringing, there is one common denominator when it comes to weddings – you will need someone ordained, be it legally or religiously, to wed you and your partner. So with the brouhaha that comes with wedding preparations, do not forget the priest or judge.
  • The sponsors or witnesses – You will need people to witness and hear your wedding vows. They need to sign your marriage certificate as well to make is in no means illegal and is approved by the law.
  • The Reception – Most cultures celebrate wedding like its Christmas. There should be plenty of food and members of each side of the family should be present. While a grand reception is not always necessary, you will at least need to treat your sponsors, guests, and family members somewhere. Whoever said weddings are cheap?
  • The budget – Unless if you’re a millionaire, budget is always the first thing to consider before everything else. When you know how much you have to spend, you can narrow down your options into what your budget can allow. Budget is also the heart and soul of wedding planning.
  • Checklist – To make sure you are not forgetting anything, see to it you have a checklist of the things that have been done and those that need more work. Even couples who can afford a wedding planner should have a checklist for themselves.
  • Wedding Vows – Many men dread this part of the wedding. This is the reason why it is in this list. Encourage your man to make his vows and practice it days before the wedding.

Wedding planning is fun. Despite the usefulness of wedding planners, it is still better if you and your partner can work on it yourselves. You will feel the exhilaration and joy of your wedding day.

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