The 3 Most Important Decisions You Will Make When Planning a Wedding

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Getting married is an exciting time and signifies a new chapter in your life. Planning a wedding can be stressful and overwhelming, but keep in mind that the event itself is just a few hours, and the marriage will last a lifetime. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any essential decisions you must make surrounding your wedding, because there are plenty of them. Here are the three most important ones to keep in mind.

Your Wedding Budget

You don’t want to start your married life without any money because you spent it all on the wedding. Before you do anything, decide how much you’re comfortable spending on the big day and set out a wedding budget. That number will drive the rest of your decisions on where to spend and where to save.

This is a decision the two of you must determine together and, more importantly, stick to. Consider personal funds and any money you’ll be gifted for the wedding and then prioritize what you want to spend it on. That will include things like the venue, the dress and tux rental, your caterer and bartenders, the photographer, the wedding party gifts, and the announcements and invitations. Keep a list of everything you’ll need to buy and fix a rough budget for each item so that you don’t go over your budget.

The Event Venue

This is perhaps one of the most significant decisions you’re going to make. The wedding venue needs to be large enough to accommodate your guest list and beautiful to provide you with a backdrop for your wedding photos. It needs to be unique to you and should take some thought and consideration.

The critical thing to remember is not to wait too long to book your wedding, or you risk losing out on the venue of your dreams. Tour a variety of locations that fit with the theme and feel of your wedding plans and then choose the one that you like best, and that fits within your budget. For example, tour farms that hold events if you want a rustic wedding or tour large churches if you would prefer a traditional wedding.

Also, consider if you want a venue that will cater for both the ceremony and reception. If not, you’ll need to decide how the bridal party and your guests are going to get from one place to the other. Having two venues will also impact your budget.

Your Wedding Dress

One of the most significant decisions you’ll make when you get married is what dress you’re going to wear. Consider the weather so you can choose one that you’ll feel comfortable in, and that will turn you into the stunning bride you want to be.

Tradition says that the groom shouldn’t see the wedding dress, but you can have him help you shop if you prefer that. The best thing to do when you go dress shopping is to try on many dresses so you can see what looks best on you and so that you have enough options that allow you to pick the one that speaks to you and makes you feel like a bride.

Your wedding should most definitely be a day to remember, so take the time to make the big decisions instead of waiting until the last minute or making spur of the moment choices. Once it’s over, you can’t go back, so be sure it’s everything you want it to be by making well thought-through decisions.

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