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Wedding Planning 101

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Planning a wedding sometime within the next year?

We”ve got plenty of tips to think about as you start to plan.

The Perfect Spot

  • Consider the ambiance of the venue.
  • Find out what”s included. For example, one venue might provide a coordinator for free and another might eliminate the cost of having to rent tables or chairs. You need to consider all of this before making a decision.
  • Your ceremony and reception sites can be different, but you”ll usually save money if they are at the same place.

Freeze Frame

  • Make sure you like your photographer. You will be spending a lot of time together on the wedding day.
  • Plan your wedding time around natural, pretty light.
  • Determine the type of images you want. Some photographers are better at action shots (photojournalistic style) while others are better at portrait shots.
  • Inquire about purchasing a high resolution CD of your wedding shots. You”ll own the rights to the images and can make as many copies as you want.
  • Schedule at least 20 minutes to do photos as a couple without family and friends.

Cakes and Catering

  • You can save money on the cake by ordering a small cake to show and serving from sheet cakes.
  • Make sure the reception room has been cooled down before the cake is delivered.
  • Let the person that delivers the cake set it up.
  • Taste any food prior to the event.
  • There are four catering styles to choose from: hors d”oeuvres, buffets, food stations or a sit down dinner. Talk with your caterer about the pros and cons of each.

Floral Selections

  • Look through magazines and take photo examples of flowers you like.
  • You”ll want to give your florist dress swatches.
  • The paint section at your local home improvement store can be an excellent source of color selections.
  • Find out what flowers will be in season and use those. It will save you money.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

  • Don”t forget to include invitations, stationery and postage in your wedding budget.
  • The invitation is the first part of the wedding that your guests will see and often sets the tone for your event.
  • Making invitations yourself can end up costing you time and money, but printing them at home can help you save.
  • You can find pretty wedding invitations regardless of your budget.

Entertainment

  • Be sure to schedule some time with your DJ or musicians prior to the wedding and ask them how they will make your reception fun and different.
  • If there are any songs or type of music you don”t want played, be sure to let them know.

Rehearsal Dinner

  • Don”t forget that this space needs to be booked well in advance.
  • Find out which guests are coming to the rehearsal dinner at least two weeks pr