Hire a Professional Wedding Planner.  The earlier in the planning process the more opportunity you have to save money by avoiding costly mistakes. 

Don’t make any wedding planning decisions without careful consideration to your Guest List.  Why is this? Your guest count will determine the size ceremony and reception venue that will fit your need.  And while you are determining your guest count; consider reducing your guest count as this is the easiest way to control your Budget.

Budget.  Have an honest discussion with family.  How much, if any will parents be contributing?  How much are you two able to save?  Open a dedicated account for wedding expenses.  Don’t start shopping until you have established your budget and determined how you will allocate your funds.  You don’t want to have buyer’s remorse later realizing you have run out of money before you have secured your most important selections.

Determine your Wedding Style.  Peruse online sources and bridal publications.  Clip photos that catch your eye.  Your Wedding Planner can assist you in determining your style and even create an Inspiration Board that captures your vision of the Perfect Wedding Day.

Get Organized.  Create a binder or filing system to keep your contracts, correspondence, meeting notes and pictures in one place.

This list will get you started.  Enjoy this amazing time in your life.  Celebrate your love.  Look on the positive side – No Matter What Happens.  Mind Your Manners and have a heart of gratitude to all who will stand by you and want to help.  You are not just planning a wedding but a future life together so keep it all in perspective. 

Love and Hugs,