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Wedding Wednesday: How to Start Planning Your Wedding

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Weddings are fun, romantic, beautiful, and...overwhelming. There is a lot that goes into a wedding. And with the advent of the internet, and Pinterest, there's a lot of inspiration. It can be hard to decide where to start. 

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1. Decide on a style.
Have you always dreamt of a glamorous wedding in a ballroom? A casual affair full of rustic charm? What about tying the knot with your toes in the sand? The style of your wedding will determine pretty much everything else. A ball gown dress wouldn't quite fit in at the beach, for example. And your glamorous night wouldn't necessarily look right in a barn. Not sure what to choose? Do you want a formal affair or a casual night? Do you want a theme? Pick the overall style first, and decide on details later. 

2. Set a budget. 
Look, weddings are expensive. According to the Huffington Post, the average price of a wedding is $30,000. The average price of a Manhattan wedding? Over $89,000! (Read the full story here.) There are a lot of things that will determine how much you can afford. How much do you and your groom make? Is anyone's family helping? I know that your wedding may seem like the most important day of your life, but the truly important thing is your marriage. Don't start out in debt over one day! Make a budget based on what you can reasonably afford.

I know that your wedding may seem like the most important day of your life, but the truly important thing is your marriage. Don't start out in debt over one day! 

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3. Set a time frame. 
Do you want a long engagement? A short engagement? Are you dreaming of a spring wedding, lush with new blooms? Do you love the idea of a white winter wedding? Decide on a year and a season. Keep in mind, that where you wed will determine how expensive different seasons are. The wedding season typically runs from April to October, but off-season weddings are a good way to cut costs. The season you pick will, in turn, influence your attire and colors. 

4. Decide if you want a wedding planner
A wedding planner can be a great resource. They have connections with other vendors, and can help streamline your planning process. However, it is definitely an extra expense. Decide if you want to hire a wedding planner, or if you're more DIY. 


These four factors are the most important things to think about as your big day starts shaping up. Learn how to keep the cost of your wedding down with next week's Wedding Wednesday! 


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