Your Wedding Planning Guide

Getting Started with your wedding plan

Make the announcement: and do not forget to tell the parents first

Wedding Dreams: Sit down with your fiancé and talk ideas. Think about the style you’d like, whether it’s a beach wedding, a sit-down dinner in a fancy hotel or an off- beat ceremony

Timing your wedding: While you don’t have to set a firm date now, it’s smart to have an idea of what month or season you want to marry in. Then you’ll know how long you have to get things organized. Because your wedding’s size determines where you’ll hold the party, how much it will cost (prices usually rise per guest) and whether travel will be involved, creating a guest list is one of the most important things to do. So make your list; your fiancé and both families should do the same. You can, and likely will, cut later, but this first number will be your base.

Your wedding budget: It’s rare these days that the bride’s parents pick up the whole bill, so decide on your bottom line. Find out from both sets of parents if or how much they can contribute.