As you know I am a huge fan and avid watcher of Say Yes To The Dress. Love it! And as far as reality TV goes it’s pretty much the only thing I watch aside from Cake Boss. What can I say I am a TLC junkie. Having never come close to being married yet, official spinster status going on here. I find it really interesting watching how after months/years of preparation planning your wedding comes together.
I have most definitely picked up a few tips from watching endless repeats, most notably DO NOT try on a dress over your budget because YOU WILL love and YOU WILL want it and chances are YOU WILL NOT be able to afford it. Thanks, Randy. But for those who are planning their journey to the altar, there are a few things you need to bear in mind before you say I do.
Things To Remember When Planning Your Wedding
Popping The Question
A pretty nerve-wracking moment don’t you agree? Regardless of who is doing the asking, when you ask there is only one answer you want to hear. This is the moment you can plan and prepare for but until you are there and in that moment all it is is an idea. So pick your moment. You know your partner to know what will be right for you and for them. Be it off the cuff or planned with precision you want it to go without a hitch. For those who like to be prepared and have everything right, you want to make sure you have chosen the perfect engagement ring for when you utter those 4 little words.
Agree on A Budget
A budget is one of, if not the most important parts of your wedding. Sure, you want to have an absolutely amazing day, but you don’t want to start married life off saddled with debt. You want to be able to enjoy those first few months after the wedding and not worry about how you’re going to pay back the money.
So work out a realistic and affordable budget and stick to it. Factor in costs for the wedding itself, venue, outfits, food and anything else you want to make your day special. If you can’t afford what you want, try to find ways to reduce the cost or look for alternatives.
Choose Your Day Together.
Make sure you are both on the same wavelength when it comes to the actual day. Church wedding or registry office aside, it’s best to discuss guest details before the big day. Is it family only for the ceremony or do you want everyone you know to witness you saying your vows? Knowing, and letting people know what you expect before the big day can help reduce any surprises and make sure the day goes smoothly for all involved.
Research Your Venue.
If you would like a church wedding but you aren’t regular churchgoers and have no connections to the church, you will need to establish a connection to be considered to be married there. If this is something you have your heart set on, visit the church in advance and discuss your options and available dates to make sure you aren’t disappointed.
Home or Abroad?
If you are choosing to get married abroad, check on the legalities. There are plenty of packages available for those wishing to tie the knot away from home and all of this will be taken care of. If you decide to go it alone, make sure you are registered and fill in the appropriate paperwork for your chosen country to make sure you are eligible to get married when you arrive. Knowing all of this beforehand will reduce the stress of getting married in a different country.
To Honeymoon or Not To Honeymoon?
Weddings don’t come cheap these days, so if you are wanting to go on a honeymoon make sure to factor this into your budget too. Traditionally the bride and groom leave for their honeymoon straight from the reception but these days it’s not as common. What is becoming popular is families holidaying together after a wedding. If you already have children together or you or your partner have children already, this could be the perfect way to spend your first days together as a new family.