Planning Your Wedding: Key Things No One Wants to Tell You to Expect

You’re engaged to the man of your dreams and it’s time to start planning your wedding. You want everything to be perfect on your special day and there’s so much to prepare, but you don’t know quite where to begin. While wedding planning is very exciting, it can seem a little daunting. Here are some key tips to help get you started.

Your dress: Don’t start dress shopping too early. If your budget is tight, consider buying a pre-owned dress. You can get a designer label and pay up to 60 percent less than you would at a bridal salon. There are hundreds of styles and colors to choose from and the quality is excellent. You can find out more on this page.

The color theme: You will probably change your mind about this a hundred times. Experiment and brainstorm with your girlfriends. When you finally hit on the one that feels right, stick with it.

The photographs: Expert wedding planners say you should expect to spend 15 percent of your budget on your wedding photographs. Make sure you meet the photographer in person before you commit. Look for a photographer who understands exactly how you envision your wedding and feel free to give him a list of the kind of shots you want taken.

Seating: Don’t wait to get RSVPs to start your seating plan. Most people leave this to the last minute. Don’t overthink it; you can’t please everyone and hopefully, your guests will spend more time of the dancefloor than on their chair.

The weather: Listen to Mother Nature. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, don’t book it in the heat of summer or your guests are likely to skip out early. Think about which bugs might be swarming and how to repel them. If you’re expecting rain showers, put up a marquee to keep everyone dry.

The guest list: Half of your budget goes to your reception, so paring down your guest list can save you a lot of money. If wining and dining your guest is costing $100 per head, cutting ten people from your list will save you $1,000.

The child policy: Decide early on what you’re going to do about kids. You can have an ‘adults only’ wedding, invite the children of immediate family only, or you can hire a child care service to entertain your young guests.

The marriage license: Find out about your state’s marriage license requirements. You can do this online. Call and check the county clerk’s office hours and when they issue marriage licenses. Give a copy of your license to your maid of honor in case you misplace yours before the big day.

If it’s getting close to your wedding ad you still have a to-do list as long as your arm, it’s time to delegate. Ask your maid of honor and your bridesmaids to help you out with whatever they can. Don’t panic, everything will be in place by the time your big day comes around.

Maisie Stephens writes about all aspects of planning a wedding and taking part in one. Read her articles on women’s lifestyle blogs, fashion sites and of course wedding blogs.

Maisie Stephens writes about all aspects of planning a wedding and taking part in one. Read her articles on women’s lifestyle blogs, fashion sites and of course wedding blogs.

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