Tips for Planning a Perfect Wedding

Find a date that works for everyone.
Find a date that works for everyone.
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Find a date that works for everyone. Be mindful of the guests that are coming, where they are coming from, time of year, time of day, and day of the week. It is important that everyone is comfortable.

Jerry

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Wedding Planners

Be comfortable with the wedding professionals that you choose.
Be comfortable with the wedding professionals that you choose.
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Be comfortable with the wedding professionals that you choose. If you do you will find yourself not second-guessing and feeling a lot better.

Jerry

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Don't get too many people involved with your decisions. Immediate family. That is where it should end. Too many chefs will ruin the soup. Just your immediate family. Keep your friends and co-workers out of it. Asking too many people their opinion could cloud yours. Remember it is about you.

Robert

The Wedding Budget

Be realistic about the budget.
Be realistic about the budget.
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Be realistic about the budget. Before you start, lay everything down in black and white. Understand what things are going to cost and where the money is coming from. The biggest argument and biggest concern you are going to have is when you go over budget and where is the money coming from. Lay it all out. Stay on track. Stay within the budget. Everything else will fall into place.

Robert

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Work within your budget. There is no need to overspend, especially in these economic times. You will find your wedding dollars will go a long way.

Jerry

Make sure you know the per-person price and the cost factor. That has to play into your budget and has to be one of the most important things. Understand what fees are associated with the menu. There are service fees, there are taxes, there are maitre de fees. There are all kinds of fees. When they give you a price make sure that is included.

Robert

Choosing a Location

Find a location that you fall in love with.
Find a location that you fall in love with.
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Find a location for your reception and ceremony that works for you and you fall in love with. Once you book those locations everything else will fall into place.

Jerry

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Keep the guest list in mind. You want to make sure the room won't be too big or too small for your guest list.

Joe'l

Go to a place that has a great reputation. Ask around. Find out what people are doing. Find out the pros and cons of every place.

Robert

Be really mindful of everything that is going on that day. All of your guests that are going to be here and so on. Probably the best place to have a wedding is at home if you had the property for it. So try to find a location that makes you feel at home. The minute you walk into the place you will know. When you feel like you are home that is your site.

Jerry

Think about you and your fiancée and what vision you had when you first met and talked about getting married. Keep that vision in mind. You will pick the proper place.

Linda

You are going to see a lot of banquet halls. You are going to see a lot of different banquet halls. When it is all said and done you are going to go to a place that you love and people that you trust. Go with your gut.

Robert

Think out of the box. You don't have to go to a typical reception hall or banquet hall. You can go just about anywhere you like. Maybe it is somewhere you met. Maybe it is on an island somewhere. Relax, enjoy it, kick it around and just make sure the two of you are really comfortable with this.

Jerry

Selecting Vendors

Go with your gut when choosing vendors.
Go with your gut when choosing vendors.
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Choosing your vendors is very important. Go with your gut. You are usually right. It is a strong relationship between you and your vendors for your wedding day. You have to have total confidence in them. Once you make that decision never look back.

Robert

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Make sure you book all your vendors. They book up quickly. As soon as you book your hall you should book all your vendors.

Joe'l

Little Details

Programs are useful and make a great keepsake.
Programs are useful and make a great keepsake.
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Make sure you do programs for your wedding to let your guests know what is going on. Also, they are a great keepsake.

Joe'l

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Make sure you get your seating chart to your caterer two weeks prior. It allows them time to prepare the room for you.

Joe'l

Keep It In Perspective

Have fun on your wedding day and don't forget to keep things real.
Have fun on your wedding day and don't forget to keep things real.
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Have fun. Laugh at yourself. Be humble. Enjoy this one in a lifetime process. Keep a journal of all the characters you will meet. You will meet a lot of characters. On your one-year anniversary open that journal and have a good time with it.

Robert

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Personalize your wedding. It's all about you. Remember don't let anyone influence you on what you want to do. Your wedding is only five hours. Your memories are a lifetime. Make it yours.

Robert

Most importantly, don't forget to keep things real. The wedding day is the first day of your marriage but it is only one day of your marriage. You might want to set the tone for your entire marriage on your wedding day. Keep things real, be who you are, enjoy yourself and don't stress. This is just the beginning.

Jerry