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10 Steps to Planning a Perfect Weddingby Lori Sanders
1. Know What You Want
Know what kind of wedding you want in regards to size, style (formal, semiformal, informal), and budget. Discuss this with your finance and parents.
2. Set the Date
If you are determined to be married in a specific temple, or wouldn't dream about a reception anywhere but a grand ballroom, or have a very special caterer in mind, book this resource first. Also be sure to check your calendar for holidays and special activities that might conflict with your wedding day.
3. Think Realistically
When creating your budget, be realistic about the expenses. Then if you need to cut back, you will have a better idea of where to begin. Check out our tips for cutting costs.
4. Shop Smart
Remember that value is more important than a bargain. Look everywhere for a great vendor, including our Business Directory. When you find a good resource, request (and actually contact) references. Then determine which vendor has the best price quote, but remember to compare details and quality, not just cost.
5. Love Your Photographer
Believe it or not, this can make or break your entire day. Tell the photographer exactly what you want and when you want it. If the photographer is not crystal clear on what your expectations are, it will throw off the entire day. You don't want to show up 45 minutes late to your luncheon because your photographer just wanted to take a couple more shots. For tips on choosing your photographer, click here.
6. Pick a Number
Sit down with your finances and decide how many people you can afford to invite to your reception (based on your catering options). Don't let anyone tell you that you have to invite someone you've never met. And more important, don't fall into the "but they'll bring a nice gift" trap. Invite people because you want to share your special day with them, not for the gift they'll bring. This is not a political campaign; it's your wedding. If your parents want to play politics (and you don't mind the extra people), they should provide the money to invite the extra guests.
7. Write It Down
The most important thing for you to do once you have decided on a particular vendor is to create a written agreement. It is your guarantee of services. Insist on a purchase order or contract for each product and service.
A good agreement should include the following details:
8. Confirm All Details
One to two weeks before your wedding, be sure all the service providers (as well as members of the wedding party) have a copy of the master schedule including accurate directions.
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