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must have an idea of approximately how many guests will be in attendance. Helpful hint: 10-20 percent of the RSVPs may decline – remember this when giving a minimum guarantee to your venue.
RESEARCH WEDDING VENUES. Keep your budget, the size of your guest
list, and the formality of the event in mind. (Our Reception Guide on pages 58-60 will help you determine the local facilities that meet your needs.) Make sure to determine and book your venues as far in advance as possible, as many popular wedding and reception venues can be booked a year or more out.
CONSIDER HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER. Are you a busy couple? Do you have the time but not sure what you want your big day to look like? Do you know exactly what you want but some professional assistance would ease your mind? A wedding planner can give you ideas and suggestions to help bring your vision to life, help with the planning details and appropriately allocate your budget to give you the most bang for your buck.
Modern, classic, romantic, rustic or all- out glam? Formal, casual or somewhere in between? To help you get a better idea of what you want (and what you don't want), spend some time gathering inspiration. Having an overall style in mind before you research potential wedding locations will help eliminate wasting time on venues that do not fit within your vision. It will also help you better communicate your vision to your vendors so they can create the event of your dreams.
SAY YES TO THE DRESS. Start thinking about the type of gown that would
look best on you and fit your wedding style. And now for the best part: gown shopping! Take one person whose opinion you trust, and have a great time. (For a list of local gown shops, see our Resource Directory on pages 55-57.)
It is not unheard of for close family members to start buying gifts as soon as you are engaged. With all the engagement parties and bridal showers in your future, they will appreciate your
forethought. But keep in mind that engagement gifts are not required and should not be expected. Don't include registry information in your engagement party invitations or in any other formal manner. Stick to using word of mouth or links on your wedding website.
CHOOSE YOUR CREW. Now it's your turn to propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Remember, the earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist their help. But keep in mind that your wedding party is agreeing to spend their hard- earned money and donate their precious time, so be sure to explain how elaborate – and how expensive – this involvement might be. Along the way, show them a good time and make sure they know how much you appreciate them.
HIRE YOUR DREAM TEAM. Research different wedding professionals who fit your taste, style and budget. If there’s a “must-have” vendor that you cannot live without, book ASAP. (For all your nuptial necessities, check out our Resource Directory on pages 55-57.)
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