Have you just committed to spending the rest of your life with your fiancé? Congratulations are in order. It’s a huge commitment that’s full of rewards and challenges. Planning a wedding can be a huge undertaking. Many couples spend upwards of a year attending to a myriad of details. One detail that is all too often overlooked is planning for the marriage. A wedding celebration lasts for a weekend and a marriage lasts for a lifetime. Dedicate time, with or without a mentor, discussing the big issues you’ll be confronted with during your lifetime together. How will you argue? You will argue; decide up front positive ways to express discontent. How will you handle finances, children, careers and household responsibilities? You’ll be glad you addressed these important issues prior to tying the knot! Follow these recommendations from the wedding planning experts to ensure your wedding is truly magical.
The first step is to identify your budget and make a commitment to sticking with it. The worst way to begin a life time together is with unnecessary debt. After the budget has been determined, set a date and select the venue. Having a general idea of the number of guests anticipated is necessary when selecting a venue. After these two items have been determined, send out save the date cards. Many couples are choosing to create a basic website with all the details of the weekend. Include the website address on the save the date cards and update the website as details are finalized.
Be selective when planning your wedding. Costs can quickly skyrocket. Some cost saving tips are to have a small wedding cake for display and cutting coupled with sheet cakes to slice and serve to guests. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select wedding bands from the huge selection available at Zales. Select seasonal flowers that can be arranged by a talented friend or family member. Enlist the help of a budding photographer or videographer to record the event. Having a wedding on a Friday afternoon or evening will dramatically cut your costs. There will be a greater selection of vendors and venues available or Fridays vs. Saturdays. Select a caterer, music and make special requests for bridesmaids and groomsmen. Have a magical event!