Announce your engagement
In this time and age of social media, most people tend to make announcements through the years of their social media accounts. In things as important as weddings, though before informing the world of the impending marriage, those who are closest to the would be bride and groom should be informed first. This serves not only as a notice to them, but also to allow them to get into the mood and offer assistance. There are, after all, only so many things that two people could do.
Discuss your preferred wedding themes
The wedding theme plays an important role in further wedding plans. Discussing the theme for the wedding is something that would usually involve only the bride and the groom, but the opinion of other people should also be considered, specially the parents of the would-be couple. From a beach wedding to the more traditional church wedding, the different wedding themes would help determine not only the budget that would be needed for the wedding, but also the time frame, the location, and even those who could take part in the entourage for the wedding.
Determine the time frame for your wedding
Just because two persons had gotten engaged does not mean that they could get married the very next day. The timing of the wedding is also something that must be determined and agreed upon by the parties to the wedding. One must take into consideration the needs of the two families who would be joined by the wedding. Perhaps there is an aunt who is coming in from the other side of the world? Perhaps there is an important occasion that could not be missed and a wedding would be inappropriate so close to it? These are just some of the things that would have to be taken into consideration when deciding as to the time frame of the wedding.
Pick a location
The location where the wedding ceremony would be conducted would be the next thing that would have to be determined. The more famous a site would be, the harder it would be to get a reservation for the same. The theme that the couple had chosen would play a part in deciding as to the location of the wedding, as would be the time frame that the couple had decided. It is often said that it is good to get a reservation at least six months or more in advance just to make sure that the location would actually be available during the ceremony itself.
Compile all legal requirements
Marriage is something that would affect the legal status of the people who would get married and since such change is binding upon the whole world, notice and care must be taken to ensure that the whole world would be made aware of the change of status. This is the reason why the would-be couple would be required to first obtain the necessary permits chief of which would be the marriage license. The validity of the license would depend on the place where the license would be obtained from.
Compile your guest list
No marriage ceremony would be complete without guests, and besides, the happy couple would surely want to share their happy moments with not only their family, but also their friends. Having already finalized the location of the ceremony, the would-be husband and wife should now sit down and compile their guest list, taking into consideration a number of factors including the capacity of the place that they had chosen.
Money talks, or otherwise known as discuss the budget
Having determined your preferred wedding theme, the place where the marriage would be solemnized, the number of guests, and other important factors, it is now time to determine the required budget for the wedding. Gone are the days where the family of the bride is the one who pays for most of the expenditures for the wedding. The would-be couple should decide between themselves and their families in regards as to who is going to should what and other fees that may be required for the ceremony.