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How To Plan a Wedding

You've fallen in love and you want to seal the deal. Whether you've got a million bucks or a thousand, two months or two years, creating a memorable wedding doesn't have to be a stressful process.


  • Step 1: Get everyone's attire selected and tailored to fit perfectly.
  • Step 2: Meet with the officiant to plan the ceremony. Decide whether you will write your own vows. If you decide to write vows, get started on the writing process right away.
  • Step 3: Let the hired experts do their jobs while you relax and enjoy the reception. Your wedding day, whether small and quaint or large and glamorous, should give you a lifetime's worth of memories.
  • FACT: The average wedding in the United States costs between $20,000 and $30,000.
  • Step 4: Contact the vendors -- the florist, caterer, and musicians -- and complete contracts based on your budget. Make sure you get exactly what you want on your big day.
  • TIP: Homemade invitations can be an inexpensive and charming alternative to printed invitations. Ask your bridesmaids or family members to help glue, write, and stuff.
  • Step 5: Set a realistic budget. Make a checklist, and allocate accordingly to stay on budget. Typical wedding expenses include invitations, flowers, the dress, rings, food, music, photographer, and the venue. Include a 10 percent buffer for unexpected costs.
  • TIP: Many websites feature tools to help you create a budget.
  • Step 6: Choose your location. Destination weddings can sometimes be more economical than staying home. Hotels frequently offer discounted rates to wedding parties.
  • Step 7: Prepare your guest list and send your invitations as early as possible.
  • Step 8: Set a date for your wedding as soon as you can. If you are planning on getting married within three to six months, this step is crucial in the wedding planning process.

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