Wedding Planner

If you’re getting married, some people will tell you that you’re going to have to hire a wedding planner.  True, a wedding planner can take a lot of stress away by handling all of the little details of your special day, but they’re expensive and, if you’re not paying attention, the wedding will be more a product of his or her imagination than yours… 

On the other hand, if you handle the planning yourself, you’re going to need some way to keep track of everything.  That’s where wedding planner books can come to your rescue.  A good book will outline everything you need to take care of when planning your wedding, from getting the first visions of how things should look to buying flowers to all of the final touches that may have slipped your mind. 

Most wedding planner books will start out by giving you a number of ideas for overall themes or visions for your wedding.  Do you want to have a beach theme?  What about a new-year’s celebration?  A garden wedding on a spring day?  A classic church ceremony?  Once you have an idea in your head of what you want your wedding to look like you can start the actual planning of the day.

One of the first things you should do is set a budget, which most wedding planner books do a great job of helping out with.  Most will give you a budget sheet with a suggested breakdown of the costs, suggesting percentages of the total budget to be spent on flowers, your photographer, the groom’s dinner, etc.  Of course, to plan out how the budget should be allocated you need to figure out how much you can afford to spend for the wedding, as weddings can cost from $1,000 to $100,000.  How much you decide to spend is completely up to you, though it will have an effect on how many guests you can invite and where you spend your money.

Once you have a budget, your wedding planner book should walk you through the process of finding locations for a ceremony and a reception, picking out a dress, picking out flowers, finding a photographer, and putting together all of the rest of the components of your wedding.  Though a wedding planner book may not be quite as comprehensive as an actual wedding planner, a good book will walk you through the whole process and make sure you don’t forget anything along the way.

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