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    Congratulations on your engagement! He proposed and you

    said "Yes"! An exciting time is ahead of you!

    When it comes down to wedding planning- it is all about to

    getting it done right. A lot of couples struggle because most of

    us have never planned a wedding before. Yes, you need to

    create a budget and yes, you need to know how much every

    segment is going to cost you. Also do not forget all the small

    details which might add up during your planning.

    The 12 tips below may seem basic but they will cover almost

    every aspect of the wedding planning process which will help

    you plan and calculate wedding costs more efficiently.

    The article also provides tools and websites to help keep you

    on track during the process. It gives examples on how to use

    those tools and offers advice during the planning period.

    In the end it is your day and you should enjoy it as much as

    possible!

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  • Tip 1 - Create a Budget

    Wedding planning does not happen every day in our lives. It

    might only happen once in lifetime. A realistic budget is key for

    a successful and smooth wedding day. It is recommended to

    start early in planning the wedding budget. The most costly

    part will be the venue. You also do not want to forget the small

    details like invitations, favors and so on which may add up

    during the planning process.

    To have at a better idea on how much a wedding will

    approximately cost in your area, there is a great wedding tool

    you can use to calculate costs. Just follow the link to find out

    more about wedding costs. Cost Of Wedding breaks down the

    price into different categories and you can customize them

    according to your needs.

    http://www.costofwedding.com/

  • First- enter your information on where the wedding is going to

    take place, how many guests you are going to invite and how

    far away the wedding is going to be. Select your wedding style

    and check if you are planning to hire a professional for your

    wedding like a photographer/videographer.

    Second- customize the different items you have to purchase

    for the wedding day. Items you do not want or that you have

  • already purchased should be de-selected from the list.

    Cost of Wedding will give you a ball park number of the

    wedding cost depending on your criteria and what items you

    have selected. The idea behind this tool is to help you have a

    better idea of the wedding costs in total. From here on you can

    tweak the numbers by including or excluding items and start

    planning. You can also export the data sheet to Microsoft Excel

    for further use or print the estimate. While creating the

    budget for the wedding it is important to be reasonable in

    order to avoid overstretching your budget during the planning

    process.

    Since the venue will be the most expensive part of your

    wedding Shane M. from Cost of Wedding suggests:

    "You want to keep costs lower, keep the guest list"You want to keep costs lower, keep the guest list

    lean."lean."

    Once you have an idea how much you can spend on a wedding

    it is very vital to keep track of the costs.

    Botanicalpaperworks provides a very useful tracking sheet

    allowing you to plan and track your spending.

    http://www.botanicalpaperworks.com/

  • You can download a free personal copy here.

    Tip 2 - Create a Checklist

    Keep track of the wedding planning progress, set milestones

    http://www.botanicalpaperworks.com/uploads/ck/files/Wedding_Planning_Budget_Sheet(4).pdf

  • and check them off when they are done. This way you will not

    lose track of every planning aspect.

    Here Comes The Guide offers a free printable checklist with

    additional lines for personal preferences. It breaks down the

    wedding in different planning stages and guides you through

    the wedding process. You can download the full list here.

    http://www.herecomestheguide.com/images/main/WeddingChecklist.pdf

  • Jolene H. from Here Comes The Guide says:

    "My #1 Tip: Get it In Writing! Read all contracts"My #1 Tip: Get it In Writing! Read all contracts

    between you and the vendors and your venuebetween you and the vendors and your venue

    carefully, including all fine print and contingencies. Ifcarefully, including all fine print and contingencies. If

    you don’t understand something, ask. In fact, it’s ayou don’t understand something, ask. In fact, it’s a

    good idea to ask a trusted friend or relative to reviewgood idea to ask a trusted friend or relative to review

    all contracts with you. They’re not as caught up in theall contracts with you. They’re not as caught up in the

    emotion of the planning process, and might be able toemotion of the planning process, and might be able to

    think a bit more pragmatically than you at thisthink a bit more pragmatically than you at this

    stressed-out time. And if there’s something specificstressed-out time. And if there’s something specific

    about the place or service that is a “must have,” don’tabout the place or service that is a “must have,” don’t

    http://www.herecomestheguide.com/

  • be afraid to ask the vendor to specify it in yourbe afraid to ask the vendor to specify it in your

    contract. Otherwise, you might be surprised to findcontract. Otherwise, you might be surprised to find

    your reception was moved to the smaller ballroom oryour reception was moved to the smaller ballroom or

    that your wedding bouquet has dahlias instead ofthat your wedding bouquet has dahlias instead of

    peonies!"peonies!"

    Tip 3 - Do not Skimp on wedding photography

    Your wedding photos will be the most valuable items you will

    keep after the wedding day. The chocolate fountain might

    impress for a moment, the music will fade but the pictures will

    last a lifetime. After 30 or 40 years, they will still be as valuable

    as the first day or even more.

    Use as much for photography as the budget will allow you. If

    you have a friend with a camera do not let him/her take your

    wedding pictures, unless he or she is a professional wedding

    photographer.

    Tip 4 - Do not plan Every Day

    You whole life once engaged should not be around the

    wedding planning. Just do normal things you would do when

    you were not engaged. If you need to set up a reminder

    besides the wedding checklist, Google Calendar offers a good

    set of tools. Just sign up with Google+. It will grant you access

    to different apps. One of them is Google Calendar. Just select a

    due date or an appointment and create an event. If you edit it,

    you can set up reminders and also set up a time and date when

    it will pop-up. Very handy when it gets closer to the wedding

    day or a bakery appointment.

  • Set up an appointment date, enter the location, enter the

    description and add an optional notification.

    Tip 5 - Give Edible Favors

    Food wedding favors can be a creative way to say thank you to

    your wedding guests and it can save you money if you plan to

    bake some cookies or other treats yourself. A lot of bakeries

    offer customized cookies, cake pops and different sweets as

    wedding favors. Print a personal tag (Staples or Michaels

    provides ready to print tag templates) and you will make a

    personal favor which also tastes good rather than a glass with

    a laser imprint.

    Instructables and Pinterest offer a variety of ideas for wedding

    favors!

    Tip 6 - Do Things You Want to Do

    http://www.instructables.com/ http://www.pinterest.com/

  • Do not do things you do not want to do and do not get pushed

    to do them. It is your wedding day, no one elses, and your ideas

    and only your ideas count. If you want a specific wedding color

    then you pick it. If you want specific flowers in your bouquet,

    have them. It is your big day. If someone else is paying for the

    wedding, ask for their input but let them not influence you and

    drive your decisions. You should consider their input but the

    last decision should be yours.

    Tip 7 - Book Fast

    Once you start planning, set up a wedding date and create a

    budget. After that you should start looking for venues in your

    area. Once you found the one you like, call them up and ask if

    they are available. Since it is early in the planning phase, dates

    can be shifted. That is why it is important to book