The First Steps to Planning Your Wedding

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The First Steps to Planning Your Wedding

Congratulations! Your boyfriend just asked you to marry him and you said "yes!" What's next, where do you start? Once you tell your family and close friends, there are three important steps you should take to get you off to a great start on planning your wedding. You must decide your budget, your theme and type of wedding you want, and hire your vendors. Good luck, girl, I know you can do it!

The first thing you need to decide is what your budget for the wedding will be. Are you and your fiancé paying or are your parents contributing? How many guests do you plan on inviting? Caterers often charge on a 'per guest' basis, so you can adjust your guest list accordingly. Are you having a local or destination wedding, where everyone will be traveling? A local wedding would obviously be more affordable. Depending on the time of the year and day you want your wedding, will also affect your budget. April through November are the most popular months to get married, therefore they will be more expensive. Saturday evenings are most popular, so for a tighter budget, you may want to have your wedding on a Friday, Sunday, or even a Tuesday like myself! Wedding decisions are hard to make without a budget in mind. You can have a beautiful and memorable wedding no matter how large or small your funds are. You just have to understand the wedding industry.
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The type of wedding you have will coincide with your budget. As for your wedding theme, you can go with the traditional setting or get creative and be original with a beach wedding, celebrate your cultures, or symbolize how you met your fiancé. The possibilities are endless! Most bride and grooms have a color scheme that goes along with their theme. These colors will be highlighted throughout the wedding, usually on the tables, the wedding party's attire, and the flowers. Depending on your budget, you can either have a fancy catered meal or save some cash and have ...

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