The question has been popped and the answer is “Yes”. Now it’s time to start planning the Big Day. Proper Wedding Planning is a must for small or large Weddings. Though the best planning can’t foresee EVERY hiccup in the Wedding process – and there will be hiccups – the better the planning, the better the chances for a successful and memorable day.

Whether a Large or Small Wedding
When determining whether you want a small cozy gathering or a large wedding event, first of all, there are a few basic questions to address:

  1. How many guests to invite?
  2. What is your budget?
  3. Do you plan this yourself or hire a Planner?
  4. Is it what you want or what your parents or in-laws want?

First, you should have in mind, a general number of guests you would like to invite. This is a factor in determining everything else you do in your Wedding Planning, especially your costs. Once you answer this question, you can now kick-start your Wedding Planning.

Wedding Budget
Now, one of the more important aspects of Wedding Planning is the Budget. The Budget influences every aspect and choice you make from this point on. Think, even a commercial project has a profit and loss declaration and a budget. Though planning your grand day can be quite emotional, like a commercial project, you should try to approach your decisions more logically and less emotionally. Emotions begin to overflow the moment the question is “popped”, and these emotions can break the bank. You should have a general number in your head of how much you want to spend on your wedding and from that starting number you can allocate money to the ‘sub-projects’ of your wedding such as The Dress, the ceremony and reception venue, the photographer, the florist, the caterer, etc. Watch carefully how you spend your wedding budget, keeping the end in mind, and always keeping a look out for ways to save money whenever possible.

Maintain Sanity Through Delegation
Whether you decide to plan the Wedding yourself or hire a planner, it is important to delegate tasks – you cannot do everything yourself. Delegation is not only essential in keeping your sanity and controlling your stress levels, but it also helps to ensure that every base is covered. For example, you may want to designate responsibility of handling the catering and florist for yourself, while delegating the responsibility of the wedding music or entertainment and the photographer to your partner. If you choose to go the route of a Wedding Planner, make sure they’re aware of your budget and what is most important to you and your partner. Even with a Wedding Planner, there must be clear delegation to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Wedding Research
Be aware there is a plethora of information available when planning your Wedding. From the internet to Weddings you’ve attended, you just need to be inquisitive. Ask married family and friends what worked for them, what didn’t and any other advice they could offer. A part of your research will take you to Wedding Expos and Shows offering you an opportunity to view the latest trends and products that are popular. You’ll be able to talk to photographers, reception services, caterers and even bakers for your wedding cake. You’ll be able to see a showcase of wedding dresses and even possibly watch a fashion show of the gowns. Your purpose during this time and at these shows is to research as much as you can for your Wedding. Try to resist being tempted by the extras that aren’t really a part of what you need and want for your Wedding. Your purpose is to get ideas of how much things cost and what your options are.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location
Now, a major element to your Wedding is to arrange the ceremony and reception, and their locations. Whether you’re religious or non-religious, the location of the Ceremony should not only be meaningful, but also able to accommodate all your guests. When planning your reception location, you’ll take into consideration all the research you’ve done. Utilize all the information that you’ve gathered when shopping around and remember to make choices that suits not only your budget, but your instincts and your heart.

Remember that your Wedding is the beginning of your journey with your partner. This day is about the two of you, and as long as your happy, that’s all that really matters. Don’t forget to have fun and good luck in you’re Wedding Planning!

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