Wedding Planning, Planning your wedding
Setting the date and time
Booking your ceremony and reception site
Announcements and Photos for Newspapers
Printing Needs- Invitations, Announcements, Programs, Thank
Photographer /Video of Ceremony
Every bride wants to create a beautiful,
unique and memorable wedding day.
She wants to look her best,
have all the essential details of the ceremony and reception covered
and walk down the aisle with a feeling of inner confidence, beauty and happiness. Organizing and planning your wedding is a
way to replace any pre-nuptial jitters with
laughter and joy.
You will need to decide on a date, the size of the wedding, and the style
that you both envision, as a couple, before you do anything else. Think
about your wedding day and ask yourself what's most important. Once your priorities have been defined, you can plan the rest of your wedding
accordingly, compromising on the things that are less important to you and your fiancé. Then announce the
Setting the Date and Time
June is still the most popular wedding month, then August, July, May, September, October, April and December. Since spring is a highly favored
season to marry, locations and services will probably need to be booked
well in advance. Give yourself a full year to prepare for a large, formal
wedding and at least three months for a smaller, informal one. Big
budget or small, you'll need to stay organized. Talk to friends, family, bridal consultants or wedding coordinators to get the direction Decide who will pay for what, where you’ll get married and how expenses will be shared
Wedding Ceremony and Reception Site
Don't delay searching for
your ceremony and reception site. As soon as you have
booked your ceremony site, start looking for a place for
your reception. Most cities have a shortage of reception
sites, and they go quickly, especially in June & July. You
need to book nine months to a year in advance.
Ceremony and Reception Locations
o Do you have to belong to the church or synagogue to be married there?
o How much are the fees and how long can the ceremony last?
o Do they have facilities for the reception. Is there an additional
o How many people will the church or synagogue accommodate.
o Are there any restrictions concerning decorations.
o May rice, birdseed or flower petals be tossed.
o Can you change the wording of the marriage ceremony.
o Are there any music restrictions.
o Do they have dressing rooms for the bride and groom.
Start off by asking friends and family
for referrals. (Questions to Ask-If your reception is held at an inn or a hotel, ask about their catering services.)
o How does the
cost-per-person of a buffet compare to that of a sit-down dinner?
o What is their cancellation policy.
o Is there a delivery fee and is the gratuity included in their price.
o Will you need to hire waiters or do they supply dining service.
o Will the waiters cut and serve the wedding cake.
o Will the waiters serve the champagne for toasting the bride and groom.
o Are there any additional fees.
Guest List -If
you mail your invitations early you
can make two lists. One for the people who must be there (family etc). And the
second list for people you would like to include if you only had the money for
all of them to come. Observe good etiquette in wording your invitations.
Order or make your own wedding invitations and get them out
about three months in advance. This allows time for delivery,
addressing and mailing. It is customary to mail them from four to six weeks before the wedding.
You can create your own professional looking invitations
easily by using seed embedded paper and envelopes. Not only can you recycle this paper, you can compost it or even plant it and watch flowers bloom. The seeds inbedded in the paper includes 15 flower and herbs that tolerate partial shade.
.And do all this on your printer at home. Seal each envelope with a pressed flower sticker.
You can save on the postage if you use a
postcard for the RSVP( rather than a card and envelope).
Formal invitations are not
necessary for a small, informal wedding. A
brief note on a card or a piece of stationery can take
the place of a printed invitation when fewer than fifty guests are invited.
announcements are sent to acquaintances, business associates and people
you know who are not able to attend. An announcement does not obligate them to give you a gift. And again printing your own is more personal and creative that ordering them to be printed up for you.
It simply lets them know of your
marriage. Mail them soon after the wedding.
Programs The program is a detail that can communicate a lot of love. You can
share how you met, quotes on marriage that express
your ideas and feelings. It’s a chance to be
with your guests in a very intimate, personal way. Show the order
in which things take place: songs, prayers, scriptures to be read and the names of the ushers and attendants.
Thank you Cards and Personal
If you have some personal stationery printed on half sheets, you can use it
for both personal letters and thank you notes. Also, if you are sending out a lot of thank you notes
having a letterhead makes it a convenient way to remind people of your new name and address. A wonderful thank you card can be made using pressed flowers from the wedding.
o Marriage license
o Blood tests
o Changing your name on your drivers license, car registration, voters registration, social security card, passport, stocks
& bonds, property titles, leases, employee
records, medical insurance, taxes, bank accounts, bank
cards and at your post office.
o Are your belongings adequately insured? Does it cover your wedding
gifts and rings.
o Plan the future custody of children either of you may be bringing into
o Wills, changing beneficiaries
- decide early on the best way to capture your special day’s cherished memories.
albums bear little resemblance to the cherished ones
belonging to your grandparents and parents which probably
had page after page of the same size and posed photos.
Today's photo albums will capture the feel of the entire day
with candid shots that show spontaniaty and timeless.
Digital prints black white and color create a wonderful
contemporary look. Decide if you want high-fashion
wedding imagery that resembles the style of couture bridal
magazines or more the black and white timeless art school
Start looking for a good photographer months before the wedding. Ask to see sample wedding albums or a set of proofs from a recent wedding. Clarify your expectations by specifying the time of arrival, the number and kinds of pictures to be taken and the time of departure. Ask about
the cost of duplicate albums for your parents and
how long they hold onto the negatives in case you
want to purchase more pictures in the future. Have a written contract
or signed agreement.
Wedding Cake - Your
wedding cake is an important focal point at your wedding ... it should be beautiful
and a gastronomic delight. The
wedding cake table will be used for lots of the wedding photos so invest in a
nice display including tulle draping, garlands and most importantly a cake stand
or plateau. Even if you have to rent one, you will glad you did when you see the
photos.It is a good idea to begin
thinking about what kind of cake you want at about the same time that you are
deciding upon your budget. Think of weddings you have attended, and collect
pictures of cakes you like. Do you want a traditional or a contemporary design?
Look at cakes available
from your local bakeries, cake specialists, and your caterer. Check to see
if there are any culinary schools near you. If there is a baking class you might
find students creating wedding cakes as part of the course. The price for your
cake would be considerably less than if you ordered it from a
professional. The easiest option
is to order the cake from your caterer our your favorite
restaurant's pastry chef. But if you are wanting a tiered cake -you
will probably have to go to a bakery or professional baker. If
so, find out if the
price of the cake includes transporting it to the reception.
and order your cake in plenty of time. Start interviewing bakers about 6 months
out, but place your order no less than 3 months before your wedding. Or you can have a friend or
relative bake it for you. If you want to use fresh flowers to adorn you
cake, be sure to check which are safe to use. A great way to keep expenses down is to order
a small wedding cake for the cake table display. Then have a large sheet cake to
cut and serve from the kitchen.
You may consider ordering grooms cakes, a standard
size cake in his favorite flavor.
It is placed next to the wedding cake and small portions are served at
the same time or given to the guests in small
boxes to take home as favors.