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  • Determine the available budget and how expenses will be shared – treat this sensitively, financial matters are notoriously the No1 cause of stress when planning a wedding
  • Think about the size and style of wedding you want – formal or informal;
  • Big or small – and the time of year you want your wedding to take place
  • Choose a wedding planner / wedding co-ordinator (if required)
  • Consolidate all guests lists: bride’s, groom’s, bride’s family, groom’s family and organize as follows:
  • those who must be invited
  • those who should be invited
  • those who would be nice to invite… and organize addresses
  • decide if you want to include children among guests
  • Select and reserve the wedding venue – availability of your desired venue will often dictate your wedding date
  • Select and reserve ceremony location
  • Visit your minister, priest, rabbi or registrar to discuss the ceremony and reserve the date
  • Decide on your retinue – best man, bridesmaid/s, maid of honour, flower girl/s, ring bearer/s master of ceremonies and ushers
  • Send out an e-mail or save-the-date cards to your guests announcing the wedding and requesting that they set that date aside in their diaries
  • Determine your colour scheme and general theme of the wedding and start planning wedding attire for bride, groom and all attendants – will outfits be hired or purchased and who pays for what?
  • Start discussing your honeymoon and make sure passports are up to date
  • Spply for passports, visas or birth certificates, if needed for your honeymoon or marriage license
  • Select and book your wedding photographer
  • Select and book videographer if desired
  • Select and book caterer if needed
  • Select and book ceremony and/or reception musicians and/or DJs
  • Select and book florist or décor specialist
  • Reserve wedding night accommodation
  • Start a wedding file to include all quotes, payments, contracts, guest
  • Lists, honeymoon arrangements & note all important activities: showers, luncheons, parties, etc

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