Congratulations, you’re getting married! If you’re like most, you’ve dreamed about your wedding day ever since you were a child. Now the time has come, but the difficulty is knowing where to begin.
First, you should announce your engagement and share your wonderful news with family and friends. Some brides like to formally announce their engagement in their local newspapers. Others simply prefer word of mouth or an engagement party. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to enjoy this wonderful and magical time in your life.
As with any large undertaking, you should begin with the big picture and then work your way down to the details. The first issue you need to think about is money, as it will affect the rest of your wedding planning.
I know it doesn’t sound very romantic, but you’ve got to set up a budget, otherwise you could be still paying off your wedding bills on your 10th anniversary. You’ll need to determine how much you can spend on your wedding and who’s going to contribute to your wedding expenses.
With that in mind, your next step is to develop an overall framework for your wedding. You need to begin thinking about what kind of wedding you want. Here are a few questions you should answer to help you decide…
- How much money do I want to spend on my wedding?
- Do I want a small or a large wedding?
- Do I want an indoor or outdoor wedding?
- What time of year do I want to get married?
- Do I want to get married during the day or evening?
- Do I want a traditional style wedding or something more contemporary?
- Do I want an elegant, formal setting or something more romantic and intimate?
- Do I want a formal sit down dinner, a cocktail reception or something in between?
- Do I want to get married close to home or at some destination location?
Once you’ve answered some of these general questions, it’s time to set up your wedding budget.