Tips for Planning a Great Wedding (& Marriage!)

Has your significant other popped the question? Have you recently said “I Do”? You’re well on your way to a lifetime of sharing, growing and building memories together. The first step is to make it to the alter. Follow these suggestions from the professionals to pulling off a great wedding and starting a life of marital bliss together.

Keep in mind that bigger is not always better. Often the smaller, more intimate weddings can be very elegant without breaking the bank. Don’t feel compelled to invite every coworker, neighbor or distant cousin.  Shop early for your wedding dress and tuxedo. If you’re having a large wedding party, make sure you’ve selected the attire and informed the wedding party accordingly. The next step is to secure the venue. Depending on the size of your wedding, you will most likely work with an event planner provided by the venue.  For smaller weddings, a residential setting can be very intimate, elegant and substantially less expensive. Keep in mind that you’ll be married for a life time, yet the wedding will last less than a half a day.

If you’re planning more than six months in advance, send save the date cards to your guests. The easiest way to do this is through email announcements. Save your time and resources for the actual wedding invitation.  Finally, secure accommodations at nearby hotels for out of town guests. If you’re expecting a fair number of out of town guests, you most likely will be able to negotiate a group rate at a nearby hotel or inn.

Finally, make your selections for caterers, florists, photographers and music. It’s easy to get talked into more than you need for each of these items. Make a budget and be firm about sticking to it. When offers of help begin to arrive, accept graciously. Everyone likes to be part of the wedding planning. Often, individuals will volunteer to make flower arrangements, food items or party favors as their wedding gift to you. Be thankful and accept. Enjoy your special day with friends and family and cherish these memories for a lifetime! Congratulations to you and your significant other!

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