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Planning Your Dream Wedding

Nov 14, 2007
You've gotten engaged, now it's time to start planning that dream wedding you always wanted. This can be a very daunting task, but not to worry, there are tons of resources available to help you plan everything from the initial preparations to the wedding itself and even life after the wedding.

The importance of keeping organized cannot be overlooked. Planning worksheets, online resources, and a good old fashioned notebook or binder go a long way in keeping the integral details of your wedding neat and in order to avoid any unnecessary panic or worry as your big day approaches. Another very common organizer that many brides are using today is one of the many websites that allow you to plan your wedding online. These wedding planners allow you to update you guest list, expenses and even track your rsvp`s any time of the day from home, work or even on vacation.

It is best to determine the wedding budget right from the beginning. There are many costs to consider when planning a wedding, so it is wise to sit down and discuss the financial impact of the celebration before making any definite plans. Deciding how much the bride and groom have to spend and how much assistance, if any, the couple will receive from family will immediately play a key role in determining the wedding budget.
Remember, is possible to have your dream wedding on virtually any budget. If the budget absolutely will not stretch to include every detail of your dream wedding, prioritize which details are a must have.

Many wise couples do not wish to go into debt for their wedding. Financial experts advise against unlimited spending, knowing it is better to start a marriage without needless liabilities. It is easy to fall into either one of two traps: expecting more monetary wedding gifts than actually received and under-budgeting for wedding and honeymoon expenses. Keep in mind that this is your one special day, but a beautiful, personalized and meaningful wedding can be planned on any budget. Be sure to be realistic about expenses, realizing that a lower price may mean a lower quality of service, but savvy negotiations can yield opportunities once thought to be out of reach. Careful itemization of each expense will make the wedding budget a success, and securing estimated prices with a contract for each service will help keep you within your budget.

When budgeting, it is essential to determine who will be paying for what. The traditional guideline of financial responsibilities can be used as a starting point, but keep in mind that many couples are financially independent and may wish to pay for the entire event out of their own pockets. And the guideline is just that; a starting place for your perusal. However you end up breaking down the budget and financial responsibilities must work with your own situation and need not follow any 'rules'. Remember that no matter what financial assistance is offered, the wedding is ultimately the couple's financial responsibility.
About the Author
Rebecca Sherman is an editor at ModernWeddingPlanner.com. Our online Wedding Planner is the internets ultimate resource for planning your wedding!
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