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We’re Engaged, What Now?

Posted by Charles Powers on 31 December 2009
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Sit back and relax, because you’re in the right place. In this post, we’ll be talking about choosing a wedding date, the wedding budget, cost cutting, and developing a wedding planning checklist. Once I’ve gone through everything you will have a good foundation to use so that you can start to plan ahead.

Choosing a wedding date right away is vital to the success of your wedding. The wedding date is going to end up influencing other factors associated with your wedding such as the location of your wedding, availability of venues and needed services, as well as the cost of your wedding. Choosing the date should be at the top of your list of priorities after you’ve gotten engaged so go ahead and set that date!

The second thing that you should think about is setting a serious budget for your wedding. Really spend some time on this one. If you are fortunate the parents will end up kicking in some bucks to help you out. If not you will have to take a hard look at what you have now as well as how much money that you will be able to bank before the wedding date arrives. Having a good idea of what you will have to work with is going to determine everything from the type of venue you will have right down to how many guests that you will be able to invite to your wedding.

If you are trying to make your wedding inexpensive then it is going to be very important to be able to figure out where you will be able to cut costs. Cost cutting is vital if you are on a tight budget. This is why it is very important to leave yourself plenty of time and plan ahead.

One of the easiest ways to save is to start planning early. For example if you start looking for a dress early enough, you may be able to get your dream wedding dress at a discounted price. Another good example is that if you plan ahead by at least a year you will probably be able to save money on the rates for venues. If you wait and book it at the last minute you will always pay much more, so book early. Another good tip is that you should avoid to planning your wedding reception on Friday or Saturday if you’re on a very tight budget. This is because the rent for the venue will be much more expensive on Friday and Saturday

You can’t forget about your minister either. This is another thing that you want to make sure that you take care of early. If you have someone special that you are going to want to have do the wedding ceremony for you then you definitely want to make sure that they are going to be available when you will need them.

This is a major reason why you should develop a wedding planning checklist. Developing a wedding planning checklist is a huge part of getting yourself into the discipline that you will need to stay on track and plan your wedding There are simply too many items involved in planning your big day to leave it all to guess work, and you will need to list all these items. You will need to be certain that no detail is missed. You can find ready made wedding planning checklists online or you can use the one that is included in my book at www.makeyourweddinginexpensive.com

You’re engaged now. It’s a happy time so make sure that you have fun. Planning a wedding hopefully won’t be something you will ever have to do again. Enjoy the wedding planning experience and remember that not everything is going to be perfect. In this world, nothing is ever is really perfect, so if something goes wrong on your big day, remember the most important thing…you are marrying the love of your life and that love will last a lifetime.

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