Friday, February 12, 2010

~Planning Your Wedding~ Part 2

5 Months Ahead

  • Arrange for a photographer and take engagement photos~ Decide if you want your engagement photos to be casual or formal. What will you wear for your pictures? You will use these pics for your invitations so decide together the look that you want.
  • Choose your wedding gown, veil and accessories~Take the time now to choose the dress you want for your special day. If you do this now, you will be able to take your time and be happy with your selection. Take your mom and mother in law "to be" with you. Make it a fun day and go to lunch. Make some happy memories while both moms get to know each other. Have one of them take pictures of you as you try dresses on. Be a model for a day and listen to their suggestions however ultimately you the bride get to choose the dress you want. (You may have to shop around to find your style while staying within budget but make sure you find something that you really like. It doesn't have to cost a fortune to find the dress of your dreams.)
  • Ask the attendants for both the bride and groom~ Decide who will be in your wedding line. Bridesmaids, flower girls, best man, etc...Let them know your wedding plans now so wedding attire and wedding floral can be arranged for. Most importantly so they can circle the date on their calendar!
  • Now is the time to choose the caterer and menu~ if the reception center you have chosen doesn't provide this service. How adventurous are you? Some brides have family members who are more than willing to provide this service. You decide.
  • Decide what entertainment you will have for your reception~Are you going to have music, hire a DJ, or have a dance? This is the perfect time to decide what kind of atmosphere you want to create at your reception and how you will accomplish this. Is it in your budget to hire someone or do you want something as simple as an accomplished pianist to play romantic music? Perhaps a small group of people playing instruments?
  • Arrange for the rehearsal dinner or wedding breakfast location~East and West coast weddings state to state have different wedding styles and traditions. Whatever you choose for your wedding guests, now is the time to decide where you will host this special event. Once again, will you do some of this yourself or will you hire professionals? (Either will work.) My mother in law catered my wedding breakfast. She served chicken cordon bleu, party potatoes,rolls, green salad, fruit, and dessert. It was spectacular, a very intimate meal and delicious for our guests!
Once again if you less time than 5 months to accomplish all of this, it is doable, you just have to move a little faster to get everything done!

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