Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pre-Planner Planning

Weddings are huge events – even the smallest of them – that take a lot of organizing and expert precision. I once heard a mother-of-the-bride describe a wedding as a military operation with wedding favors and not bullets. (Not sure if we need to go that far...)

One of the things I want to do is examine how you make this important day manageable and exciting.

TV networks have shows that tout “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?" Or who can forget “Bridezilla?” Wedding planning has become big business and wedding planners persuade unsuspecting couples into lavish extravaganzas that are often budget-busters. I know it is a secret dream of every girl to have a Princess Diana wedding, but for many, that is totally out of the question!

If you are going to hire a wedding planner, it is important to have an idea of what you want to do, how much you want to spend and a general concept of the atmosphere you want to convey to your guests.

Now even before you sit down to figure out the budget for your special day, you have to get organized. There are a number of areas you have to consider even before you discuss it with a planner.

I suggest that you have some wedding ideas in mind before you and the parents (if they are helping defray the costs) sit down and brainstorm just the type and style of wedding you want to have.

Before we talk about a checklist (that will be in a later blog), let’s talk about some generalities:

Ø When do you want to get married? What time of year?
If you want to get married in the winter, you will have to take into account severe weather conditions if you live in a snowy region, or rain in other parts of the country. In the summer, you need to consider severe heat and nature's other furies if you plan to wed outside.

Ø Where do you want to get married?
Do you want to do a destination wedding? Are you interested in a Las Vegas wedding, replete with Elvis impersonators? Do you want a huge church wedding, a wedding chapel or a garden wedding at home?

Once you have decided on these general questions, you are also going to have to consider:

  • costs
  • attendants
  • wedding dresses
  • wedding decorations
  • wedding favors
  • a whole raft of other topic areas!

We will consider all of these and how to best incorporate them into your grand scheme in posts to come.

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