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"Wedding Planning Tips"What to consider when you are ready to start planning your wedding

Author: Jennifer - Internet Sales Coordinator & Team LeaderJune 2007

Almost immediately after getting engaged, my fiancé and I picked the date and location of our wedding, which was a little bit harder than I thought it would be. The process of finding a reception location took a lot out of us, so after the contract was signed, we took some time off. However, soon it was time again to start the preliminary planning.

My planning schedule was slightly altered due to the fact that my family, including my mom, lives outside of the state that I live in (where the wedding will take place). So when family members would come to visit, I needed to do as much wedding planning as I could possibly fit in. The first time my mom came to visit, we decided to go to some wedding dress shops. I was convinced that I would not find my dress the first time shopping, but I was mistaken.

Here are some tips that I found for wedding dress shopping:

  • Look through your wedding magazines and bring some pictures of ideas that you like. A good salesperson will look for common elements and be able to pull the dresses that have these elements for you to try on. I brought several pictures to the salon and found the perfect dress.
  • Don't be afraid to be upfront with your budget. I didn't want to see any dresses that were outside of what I was willing to spend, so I didn't find myself in a bind.
  • Don't compromise your vision. If you don't feel comfortable in the salon that you choose, find another one.
  • The way that you know if the dress is "the dress" is that you will keep thinking back to it when you are trying on others. Don't question it.

Besides dress shopping, I have been looking for ideas on flowers, cakes, bridesmaid dresses, photographers and Save the Dates. I have found that one of the best ways to find these things is to get referrals from other area brides. Many websites offer message boards and blogs where brides in your area are talking about ideas and vendors. Some of the best posts are vendor reviews, where brides tell you who they used and if they were satisfied or not.

If you are having a destination wedding or a wedding with many out of town guests, you and your fiancé may want to start brainstorming ideas for what you are looking for in a Save the Date. There are so many options, from calendars to magnets. Some want to keep in mind their colors and theme for the wedding and some go with something completely different. My fiancé and I did not see eye to eye on our Save the Date selections, so we will probably go with a photo Save the Date to showcase our engagement photos. Every day, more and more Save the Dates are being added to, so be sure to check out our selection!

As the wedding planning progresses, I find myself leaning on friends and family more often. I forward them pictures of ideas as I find them and their feedback has been priceless. The first stages of wedding planning have had some stressful moments, but overall, has been a great experience. The key is to not try to take on too much, take each task individually and take wedding planning day by day.