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No one ever said that planning a wedding was an easy task. It takes countless hours of organizing, brainstorming and leg-work to ensure that every detail has been addressed and nothing has been overlooked. My daughter will be married in November of 2018, so we are right in the middle of the entire planning process. There have been productive days and days when nothing is really accomplished. Between decisions about the venue, the cake, the dress and numerous other details, we’ve laughed, cried and experienced many other emotions, but ultimately every detail is just as important as the other and the event is such a happy occasion, so I know it will all work out in the end.
After the budget and date were set the next item on our list was to find the perfect venue. If you’ve ever searched for a venue for a large event then you understand how difficult this task can be for everyone involved. Not only is location a priority, but you also need to consider the amount of guests the venue can accommodate, what features will be included and above all the cost of the venue as this may take a large portion of the budget.
Wedding theme, wedding guest list, engagment pictures and Save the Dates were next for my family. Once you have a group of great photos to choose from the rest is a piece of cake, and what a great way to preserve the memories leading up to the big day! Save the Dates haven’t always been on the wedding to-do-list but are an ideal way to announce your wedding day to your guests before it’s time to send out the invitations. There are actually a lot of creative ways to let your guests know about the upcoming nuptials including a post card, magnets and mini-books with an array of photographes of the bride and groom. These are an added expense, but are also a fun way to generate excitement about the wedding.
After the guest list is made then finding the perfect wedding invitation should be fairly easy with a wide variety of wedding stationery websites available. After choosing a particular style, the online process allows the creator to view the final product before placing the order. Some wedding stationery companies will also send a sample kit if requested. Here are some things that are normally included in the wedding invitation:
- The Ceremony Invitation and Envelope: The invitation provides the tone of the event and can take on any number of styles from traditional to unique. The wedding invitation itself traditionally comes from the bride’s parents, but it can also come from the bride and groom depending on the individual situation.
- The Reception Invitation: The reception invitation is optional, as we included the reception and ceremony information all in one for a more casual event. For a formal event, it is tradition to have seperate cards or if a guest is only invited to the reception, a separate card would also be appropriate.
- The Response Card and Envelope: The response card is to determine how many guests will be attending the reception and should have a line for the guest name(s), the number of people attending, and the menu choices (if applicable). It should also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the guest to return easily and without hassle. Guests are more likely to return a response with a stamp included!
- Maps: A map is an increasingly common practice and one of great convenience for your guests. Whether you choose to include a computer-generated map or one that is hand-drawn, it will be much appreciated for those not familiar with the area.
The dress ~ choosing a wedding dress is one of the most important and biggest decisions surrounding the event. Some brides take along members of the wedding party, the mother of the bride, mother of the groom or even the father of the bride. For a modern bride, her choice of support group for this detail can include anyone in her life.
When choosing wedding decorations details are important and some are easily over looked. Flowers, chair covers, table center pieces, lights and favors for the guests take time and effort to put together especially if you are trying to save some money by doing it yourself. A wedding favor is a means of saying thank you to the guests and to show appreciation for sharing the day with the bride and groom. While there are many different options available when deciding on wedding favors, the only true criteria is the taste and budget of the bride. For our upcoming event we also ordered favor tags to attach to the gift for our guests. It is just one more minor detail that will be included and one that will customize the favor while keeping with the theme of the event.
In addition the wedding cake, the reception meal, ceremony music, reception music, photographer, hair and make-up are all very important details that will make the wedding day a success for the happy couple.