Planning your wedding should begin months in advance of the proposed wedding date. This should be no problem for most brides to be as they probably can not wait to get started planning all the details that going into making the wedding day a special event.
What Should You Do First?
One of the very first things you will need to do is to pick a date for the wedding. Be realistic about the wedding date. If you want to get married right away after you get engaged, it will not be realistic to plan a large wedding. Check to see if there are any important events coming up around the date of your wedding. If you want to get married on a holiday, it will be a good idea to make sure that you can get just the right reception hall as well as the church you want before you start making any other plans.
Going on to the Next Step
Now, here is where things might get a little tricky. After you have decided when you want to get married, now its time to decide the budget. Planning how much you intend to spend before you start spending is vital if you are to keep expenses under control. Very few people can afford to go out shopping willy-nilly for wedding supplies. Once you set the budget, be sure to stick to it. Plan how much you will spend for things like the limousine, the band or DJ, the brides wedding dress, flowers, invitations, plus a host of other expenses that are involved in planning a wedding and reception.
Who will be Invited?
Who will be invited to your wedding? You should make a list and so should your fiancé's family. Once you put your lists together, be sure that the amount of people you invited can be accommodated within your budget for the reception. If the list seems to be too long, go over it again with your fiancé and his family to whittle down the guest list. If there are family members you have not spoken to in years, decide if it is really necessary to invite them.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Do not try and do everything yourself if you are the bride. This will only make you crazy. You should make a list of all that needs to be accomplished, and those things that do not need your direct input you should feel free to delegate to other members of yours and your fiancés families and your bridal party. People are more than happy to lend a hand; all you have to do is ask.