Many brides begin planning their wedding day well over a year in advance, but it is very possible to plan a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception within much less time. If you have a year to plan……that is wonderful, but if not, don’t sweat it! You can do it! By following this “to do list”, your day will run smoothly for everyone!
First Things First
- Decide when and where you want to get married.
- Decide on a wedding budget.
- Find a Wedding Planner that is local to the area.
- Assist the Planner with your choice of ceremony and reception venues.
- Reserve and book the date and time for the ceremony and reception with your Planner.
It is much easier to allow your Planner to take care of reserving the venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. If you are getting married on the beach or a park location, the Planner will know if permits are required.
If your family is helping you or paying for the entire wedding, be sure you know the exact amount they are willing to spend. It can be very difficult to plan your wedding and reception without knowing how much money you have to work with.
These are some very good reception venue ideas:
- Community Centers
- Church Halls
- Golf and country clubs
- Cultural Centers
- Art Galleries
- Private Homes
- Public Gardens
In order for your Planner to reserve the venue, she will need an approximate idea of the number of wedding guests you plan to invite. A wedding planner will help you with the many decisions regarding your reception, including food, flowers, music, etc.
Announce Your Engagement
The next thing you will want to do is announce your engagement to family and friends. You may even want to host an engagement party. Gifts are not expected or asked for at an engagement party, but your guests may give a toast to you and your fiance’.
Getting Down to Business
- Make a decision on your honeymoon trip. Booking as early as possible in order to save money on airfare and hotels.
- Let your boss or work place know how much time off you will need along with specific dates.
- Choose and ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be a part of your wedding party, taking into consideration the amount of money they may need to spend on dresses and tuxedos, etc.
- Assist your Planner with your choices on ceremony and reception musicians.
- Assist your Planner with your choice of flowers and a florist.
- Assist your Planner with your choice of photographers.
The most important thing to do at this point is for the bride to find a wedding dress. You will also want to choose bridesmaid dresses in your color scheme. You may want your bridesmaids to participate in their choice of dresses, if they are paying for them. Shoes and accessories are important, as well, and should be chosen with input from your bridesmaids.
The tuxedos should be chosen and the groom and his groomsmen should be fitted as soon as possible.
Decide on a final guest list and begin to make your invitations, or have them made.
Proper etiquette for sending out wedding invitations is that they should be sent out no sooner than six months before your wedding day and no later than three months. If you don’t have this much time before your date, you should call your guests on the phone for a personal invite and then send the invitation ASAP.
On To The Countdown
- Assist your Planner with your choice on a wedding cake and a groom’s cake.
- Purchase your marriage license.
- Assist your Planner with appointments for hair/make-up/nails/spa
- Make sure your bridal party has their hotel rooms booked.
- Assist your Planner with arranging a limousine or other ride to your hotel or airport.
Now is the perfect time to enjoy the bridal showers, have fun with your friends at your bachelorette party, and you can look forward to your wedding day with anticipation and much less stress.
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