For Brides How to plan for your wedding

There are some things you need to know before you start to plan your wedding in order for it to be a smooth, stress-free and fun process. Here ares some tips to help you achieve this.

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According to some wedding websites, couples get engaged in the month of December more than any other month.

Valentine's Day is another time of when engagement soars to a high level due to the romance attached to that season.

So after your engagement, what next?

Of course, the next thing to do is to begin planning your wedding. However, there are some things you need to know before you start to plan your wedding in order for it to be a smooth, stress-free and fun process.

Here ares some tips to help you achieve this:

  • Have a vision: You and your future spouse need to imagine what you want your big day to look like. Do you want a small wedding or a mini carnival? How many people will you be inviting? Are you having a local or destination wedding? These questions will help you pattern your wedding planning accordingly.

  • Have a budget: A budget is like a map that guides the direction of your spendings. How much are you and your fiance willing to spend on your dream wedding? Are you expecting financial assistance from any friends or family member? Once these questions are answered, you need to now open a bank account specifically for the wedding. This will help you track how much goes into what during the planning process.

  • Set your priorities: Since you already know what you want, and you have a budget to go with it, the next thing you should consider is important factors like style, colour scheme, location and size of the wedding you are having. This is the part where you decide on caterers, wedding vendors and who is helping out with what at the ceremony.

  • Choose a venue: The next thing on the list is choosing a suitable venue that will be convenient for everyone. All of your wedding planning will be centered around this aspect. The wedding date, your dress, and, in some cases, even your vendors will all be determined by the venue(s) that you choose for your wedding day. So think carefully and consider wisely before choosing your wedding venue.

  • Do your research: Don't venture into wedding planning based on assumptions, ask questions and meet with people who have done before you. Learn from their errors and avoid repeating those same mistakes. Attend wedding expos and bridal shows to get the nitty gritty of wedding planning.

  • Hire a wedding planner: If the wedding planning becomes too much for you to handle, then it wouldn't hurt to hire a professional to help you complete what you started. An experienced planner can help you create your vision, your budget, and even work with your vendors to get you a better price. Setting up appointments, reviewing contracts, making negotiations, phone calls, and emails…all the tedious and time-consuming parts of the wedding planning process can be given to someone else. This will enable have adequate time to enjoy the fun part of the entire process.

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