I Am Getting Married. Where Do I Start?

Newly engaged couple sitting in the mountains enjoying each other’s company

Martin Luther King once said, “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” That’s certainly true, but the real dilemma when it comes to getting married is usually making the wedding plans. Just where do I start? This is usually the question in almost every person who is looking forward to getting married. The good thing is that weddings always seem to be full of never-ending possibilities as you have inexhaustible alternatives starting from the venue of the wedding to what gown to wear. The world is basically your bridal oyster!

Every good thing always has a downside and since weddings have boundless possibilities, when it comes to planning then those very immeasurable possibilities evolve into immense decision making, and that is where the rubber meets the road. You suddenly realize that a lot has to be accomplished and within a very short period, starting from how to the guest list will be constituted, how the decor will be done, coming up with the budget, and most importantly, why your mom is opposed to every exceptional concept you come up with.

The reality of the matter is that the first few weeks of any wedding planning are usually the toughest as it is during this period where you try to figure out how to pull off everything that is in your to-do list. So how do you plan for your wedding? Where do you start? When do you start? After you have decided when the wedding will be, eight to seven months before the big day, you should:

  • Start a wedding portfolio. This gives you inspiration using the help of lifestyle, fashion, design, food, and bridal magazines.
  • Start the guest list. Making a list of every person gracing your wedding, including their contact details is very important as it helps in cost management.
  • Start working out your budget. This is where you figure out how much the expenditure will be while factoring in contributions from family, friends, and your own.
  • Purchase a dress. Finding the perfect dress for this occasion is usually a difficult task, and it is advisable to start early.

Then, six to five months before the wedding you should:

  • Buy invitation cards. This process is time-consuming; therefore, you can hire a calligrapher if desired.
  • Book a florist.
  • Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses.
  • Arrange for transport.
  • Start planning a honeymoon.

Then, four to three months before the big day:

  • Print programs and menu cards.
  • Order the cake.
  • Purchase the rings and the shoes.
  • Send your guest list to the host of your shower.
  • Finalize on the menu, the flowers, the order of the ceremony and the reception.

Two months before the wedding:

  • Meet with the photographers to discuss the locations and specific shoots.
  • Enjoy your bachelorette party.
  • Send out the invitations.

One month before the wedding:

  • Get your marriage license.
  • Finalize on the payments and confirm times for hair and makeup.
  • Buy bridesmaids gifts, which are to be presented at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Assign sitting.

The final week to the wedding:

  • Reconfirm all arrival times with the vendors.
  • Pick up your dress.

Pack for your honeymoon and book a spa treatment.

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