How to Survive Planning Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can be a nerve-wracking proposition. Here are a few tips to get the planning started off on the right foot.
Set your budget. The average wedding and reception costs $23,000. If you do not want to spend a lot of money, you can still have a very memorable wedding. You will just have to be a little more creative and be your own wedding planner.
Set a date. Try to steer clear of religious holidays that may conflict with your wedding or that has negative situations associated with it. For instance, a wedding on September 11 may not be your best choice.
Decide on the theme or color scheme. Do you want a themed wedding, such as country western, goth, or Victorian? More and more brides and grooms are choosing a theme for their weddings to make it more individual and personalized. Even if you do not want to plan your wedding around a theme, you will still need to pick out the colors you want to use.
Decide on the location of the ceremony and officiator. Do you want to marry in a romantic ceremony by the sea at sunset or in a traditional church wedding. No matter what location you decide on, you will need to reserve your date well in advance.
Plan the reception. You will need to figure out where you want the reception held sooner rather than later. Start looking for locations as soon as you set the date. Reception halls are often booked a year or more in advance. In addition to location, you will need to order a cake, arrange for music/entertainment and decide what food to serve.
Choose the dress, bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos. Choosing the wedding attire is possibly the most stressful and emotionally-charged part of organizing a wedding. Are you the type of person who likes to break the rules? Colored wedding dresses, especially red ones, are becoming more and more popular.
Take your wedding planning one step at a time, plan ahead and try to relax. And remember the real purpose of a wedding is to celebrate the love two people share and the commitment they are making to one another. Try not to let that get overshadowed by logistics of planning your wedding.

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