If you are lucky enough to have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, marriage is an important step in cementing your commitment to each other. However, planning a wedding can be far from easy. Even modest ceremonies take a fair amount of forethought in order to go off smoothly. This guide will help you with some of the basics of planning your wedding.
First Thing’s First
Before you begin planning in earnest, make some preliminary arrangements. Announce the engagement to family and close friends so the people most important to you don’t have to find out from Facebook. Next, talk generally about your plans for the wedding and find out if either of you have things you absolutely want to see. Decide on dates, and set a budget before you do any serious planning.
Book the Venue
A lot of venues tend to fill up well ahead of time, so deciding where you want to have your wedding ought to be top priority. Unless you have your heart set on one specific venue, call around to several different places to compare prices and other amenities. Book your dates and make the necessary security deposits to ensure that they will be waiting for you.
Now you can begin planning for your wedding in earnest. Start looking into the main features you want at the ceremony: the dress, food, flowers, decorations and cake. Even if you are planning a rather small and intimate wedding, you may still want to try several different vendors to find exactly what you want. For a larger affair, consider hiring a wedding planner to handle some of the heavy lifting.
Choose Your Party
Choosing the bridal party needs to be handle with delicacy. Let bridesmaids and groomsmen know that you want them to participate in the wedding early so they can clear their schedule and set aside any money they may need for travel.
Make the Guest List
Take the maximum size of your venue into account when making your guest list, as well as the type of wedding you want to have. If you have a small, intimate ceremony in mind, don’t hesitate to trim distant relatives and friends you haven’t spoken to in a while from the guest list in order to get it down to the size you want.
Depending on what is most important to you, you may need to adjust your wedding planning schedule. Get the thing you absolutely can’t live without in order first, and then figure out the rest. Wedding is perhaps the most important moment in your life. There is no perfect way to host a perfect wedding, but it should be at least to the satisfaction that you tried your best. There are few steps one can take to ensure that things are smoother.