Thursday, June 17, 2010

First steps for wedding planning

After you engagement, you must be having a thousand ideas swirling in your head about the way you want to get married. Getting married is the most important occasion of anyone’s life, and you may not know where to begin your wedding planning. This article will guide you with the first steps of planning your wedding.

Here are the very first steps you should take for starting to plan your wedding:

  • Tone: The foremost thing to decide is the tone of your wedding, do you want it to be formal, casual or a theme wedding. At this time it is best to also decide whether you are going to have a religious ceremony or a secular one. The best way to decide is to sit down with your partner and discuss about the type of weddings you both would like to have.

  • Budget: The next thing is the budget. Start looking at your finances and calculate how much you can afford to spend on the wedding without spending all your savings on it. You can talk to your parents and ask if they want to contribute to your wedding and how much. The most important aspect is to decide the debt you are comfortable taking for your wedding. It is strongly advised to the young couples to avoid debt as much as possible. At this time you can open a new account that could bring you airline offers, cash back or even other incentives.

  • Attendants: The next step to wedding planning is making a list of the guests you want to invite. This is one of the most important decisions of planning a wedding. The length of the guest list will help you decide how big of a reception hall you will have to book, how much food you need to order, where you should have the ceremony, etc. if your budget is small, try to keep the guests list short and the wedding short and simple. This way you won’t need any wedding planner and hence you can cut down the cost.

  • Venue: You should start looking for the venue once you are done with the guests list and know how many people you are going to invite. This should be done well in advance, as the halls are always booked a year in advance. This will help you get better dates, time and the cost of the venue you planned for.

  • Support: It is better to plan your wedding with other's help. It could be professional, publications or even your friends who have planned their own weddings. If you can afford an extra cost, think about hiring a professional wedding planner or a consultant. This can be very helpful if you are busy with other work and don’t have time to match the details of the whole event. This can also be a great help if you have no idea about free wedding planning. A wedding planner might be able to set up your ideal wedding and also save your money. You can also talk to other couples who have planned their weddings through networking sites. You can also use online wedding planning checklist to stay on top of your to do lists.