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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What To Do After You Say "I Do"

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You have finally met Mr. Wonderful. He is absolutely everything you've ever wanted in a husband-to-be. He's the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. It seems like it took forever just to find him. But now that you're engaged, the real work will begin. And believe me, time will fly by. Before you know it, you'll be looking at your wedding pictures and thinking about all the memories you have of your wedding. But before all that happens, several things need to happen.
First, you need to pick a time and place for your wedding and reception. It is essential that you do this first and get it reserved. Chapels fill up, especially on popular dates. Keep in mind that you'll need time to pick out a dress, send invitations, and plan a reception. Getting married requires planning two separate events. So you don't want to wait too long nor do you want to hurry the process. Three months seems to be a good amount of time to get everything done.
Once your chapel has been reserved for the wedding and reception, you can start looking at announcements. There is every variety available so you can be as original as you want. Some couples traditional announcements while others want a more modern theme. A popular twist has been to add a picture of you and your fiance. This is an especially good idea if you have friends and family far away.
Next, it's time to gather up your best girlfriends or your mom and go wedding dress shopping. It's a good idea to set a budget for the dress before you ever step into the store. Once there, you'll see dresses in a wide range of prices and styles. And while you want a beautiful wedding dress, keep in mind that you are only going to wear it once. So don't go into debt (or put your parents in debt) to buy a dress that has an over the top price.
Finally, as you are organizing the reception, you need reserve a photographer. Pictures are the most important part for me. When all the cake is eaten and the guests have left and the dress is back in its bag for safe keeping, all that you'll have on a daily basis are those pictures.

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