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.