The 3 Most Important Things to Do in Wedding Planning

08/01/2015

The 3 Most Important Things to Do in Wedding Planning

 

After waiting for the longest time, your beau has finally proposed and asked for your hand in marriage. Seeing the engagement ring wrapped around your finger, you must be ecstatic as you conjure up images of a surreal, elegant and lavish wedding – something that even royalty would find to their liking. Now, on to planning a wedding budget …

Yes, reality checks in as soon as you both discuss the budget – which is hardly enough for a debutante’s passage into womanhood or a child’s birthday party, let along a wedding. The images in your head dissipate quickly, your dream bubble popping away instantly. It’s pretty obvious that you won’t be getting J. Lo as your wedding planner anytime soon; unless you win the lottery tomorrow (then that is a totally different matter).

While waiting for the winning numbers, assume that you will be the one doing the preparations. And there is a lot to prepare. Start with 3 of the most important things you should consider when planning a wedding:

Set the date. While many will say that you shouldn’t decide on this immediately, I beg to disagree. In reality, this is actually the most important thing that you and your fiancée should decide on before making any other moves. Have several dates on hand so that if the first one doesn’t jive with your schedule, then you have alternatives. With a date, you will now be able to start your preparations for the wedding – booking venues, asking family and close friends of their availability, etc.

Getting a marriage license. Saying your “I do’s” isn’t an easy task. Wherever you are in the world, you can be sure that you will be asked for a marriage license, so be sure to get one. Since most countries, states, towns and cities have varied rules and regulations when it comes to marriage licenses. Drop by your local county clerk or clerk of court to find out how you can get one. Ask as much information as you can, especially if one of you has already been married before – a case which requires the formerly-married party to have supporting documents (a divorce, annulment or dissolution). Also, it may take just a day or two to get a marriage license but some places have holding periods. So it is best to just get one as early as possible, so that if certain problems arise, you will still have time to fix it.

Making a guest list. You need to have an approximate number of wedding guests ready since it will most often be the basis for a lot of your preparations. Again, you need to get a hold of your husband-to-be for this task as there may be some people that he may be uncomfortable with – people he doesn’t want to see on your wedding day, and vice versa.

If you’re looking for more tips to make your wedding planning easier, then I recommend the book, Wise Wedding Planning: Making the Perfect Theme Wedding Possible at any Price.

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