Decisions are headed your way! Now that you have figured out your top priorities, you can now put your wedding plan into action. The budget has been determined, and all parties have expectations of what they need to bring to the table. The first few discussion points to get your started on decisions and making are recommended below:
– Where is the ceremony taking place?
– Will the ceremony take place at the reception venue?
– Or, will we have a religious ceremony taking place within a church, synagogue, etc?
– What day will the ceremony take place (i.e. Friday, Saturday, Sunday?)
– Will the ceremony and reception be taking place back-to-back or will there be ample time in between for pictures and such?
– Will our ceremony take place early in the afternoon or late in the evening?
Such questions are important to ask yourself. Your engagement is full of making decisions, and while it seems there are many decisions to make that are not very important- do not underestimate the impact your decisions will make.
Tip: Some brides opt to hire a wedding planner to assist with making decisions on their behalf or in a joint-fashion. Some couples are traditional, while others aim to be unique and different. Traditional, Christian brides that chose to have a secular ceremony will most likely opt for a Saturday afternoon wedding. Christian churches
often have several ceremonies during high wedding season (i.e. May through October). This may affect your time slot and availability of the ceremony location. Remember, the earlier you allow your lead time prior to your wedding, the more likely you are to nail your dream location spot. As a rule of thumb, most churches,venues, etc book at least one year in advance.
Non-traditional brides may still have some obstacles to overcome. While they may not be have to deal with a religious point of interest, many parks, private buildings, beaches, etc require licenses and applications, along with resulting fees. Again, availability is something to consider. Figuring out your location whether it involve a church or private park, may take some planning, donations/fees, and paperwork.
Creating a timeline of your day will help map out timing. Remember, this is just a rough idea of what events will transpire throughout the day. As the day draws closer, a master agenda/timeline will need to be drafted up to create a flow of the day.