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Did you become engaged over the holidays? First of all, a huge “Congratulations!” to you! You are entering that phase of your life that you’ve either dreamed about (or dreaded), perhaps most of your life. There are some key things to keep in mind, and to put in place, as you begin pondering all the components that will make up your perfect celebration.
Perhaps one of the most, if not THE most important is to have a frank discussion with both sets of your parents, if you are planning to rely on their financial assistance for your wedding. It is important to know, rather than assuming, what level of assistance your parents are able to, or willing to provide. By having a meeting with your parents you will be better able to set the budget for your wedding. The preliminary budget for your wedding should be set before you move ahead on planning anything. Planning a wedding without a budget is like taking a trip without a map - a sure ticket to disaster and disappointment.
Before you plan a meeting with your parents, make sure you’ve done your homework. Visiting wedding websites, such as weddingwire.com, will give you some helpful information about average budgets, percentages spent on various categories, and some tips on prioritizing . Any wedding planning website should be viewed only as a guide, as different budget categories will vary depending on areas of the wedding that are higher priorities for you. Be prepared for your parents to suffer some sticker shock if this is the first wedding they’ve been involved in planning for 20+ years. Hiring a wedding consultant/planner at this stage of the game is a great move. If you plan to work with a wedding consultant, budget planning is an area she or he can be very helpful with as well. Once the budget is established then you can move ahead to securing a location for your wedding, setting the date and putting your other wedding vendors in place.
After you've set a date you may want to get some Save the Date cards sent out, ideally six to eight months in advance of your wedding. This helps your guests with busy schedules do some advance planning, particularly if they need to make travel arrangements. Paper Passionista is a great option to visit with and I'll be happy to help you look at Save the Date options, along with other wedding stationery you'll want to coordinate for the various events surrounding your wedding. Enjoy your planning, and I'll look forward to meeting with you sometime in the near future!