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Planning Your Wedding

You can recruit a wedding planner to help you plan your wedding. You can also take the DIY route, with a little help from friends and family. Taking a hands-on approach to designing your wedding can be a pretty fulfilling experience.

The important thing is to take it one step at a time. Be organized and keep track of your priorities. Involve your husband-to-be. Recruit family and friends to assist you and give you moral support.

Here are some of the things you have to prioritize in planning your wedding:

1. Setting a budget

The first thing to do is to determine how much money to set aside for your wedding. Talk to your spouse-to-be. If you have other contributors, include them in "the talk." Get this potentially uncomfortable part of planning out of the way, so you can immediately get to the fun parts.

2. Getting inspiration

This is one aspect of wedding planning that most brides enjoy the most.

Decide what kind of wedding you want to have. Do you want a formal classic wedding? Or do you want one with a more laid-back and rustic feel?

You can get inspiration for decor ideas, bridal dress styles, color schemes, and other details from a lot of sources including Instagram, Pinterest, and many wedding websites.

3. Drawing up your guest list and entourage

Although you may want to finalize your guest list a bit later, it's important to have a ballpark figure about how big you want your wedding to be. This will help narrow down your venue options.

Decide on your wedding entourage, the people who will be by your side on your big day.

4. Choosing your wedding venue

Set your wedding date. Check out the venue options on top of your list. Book the venue of your choice.

5. Putting up a registry and creating a wedding website

Your guests will want to be kept in the loop about important wedding details. Start your wedding registry. Set up your wedding website.

6. Booking your vendors

If you want to be successful in creating your dream wedding, hire the right people to guarantee that everything goes smoothly on your big day.

7. Sending out "save-the-dates"

You want people close to your hearts to be there with you on your wedding day. Help them mark their calendars by sending out "save-the-dates" as early as possible.

8. Getting your wedding dress ready

It may take a while for you to choose and have the bridal dresses properly tailored. Do this ahead of time.

9. Taking care of the other details

Hammer out the details of your rehearsal dinner, the honeymoon, engagement parties, bridal showers, and other pre-wedding activities.

10. Sending out your invitations

Send out your wedding invitations 6 to 8 weeks prior to the wedding day so your guests will have enough time to send their RSVPs.

11. Preparing your wedding bands

Take time out with your groom-to-be to pick out your wedding bands. They should be comfortable. They should reflect your personal style.

12. Getting your marriage license

Dont forget this essential requirement to getting married!

13. Confirming details with your vendors

Tie up all the loose ends, make the down payments, and give your vendors all the essential details to ensure that everything goes as planned on your wedding day.

14. Getting married

Everything you do finally leads to this special day. Enjoy your wedding. Have an amazing and memorable wedding day!


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