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How Soon Should You Start Planning the Wedding After Becoming Engaged?

Getting engaged should be a time for celebration and most women want to shout the news from every rooftop. Once the reality has set in that you are getting married it then becomes important to inform the people nearest and dearest to you. This process begins with the bride’s parents and then the groom’s and then encompasses all other family members and close friends and finally to the community at large.

How soon you should start planning for your wedding after you become engaged has to do with what date you set for the wedding. Engagements can be as short as three months or as long as three years (and in some cases even longer). The less time you have to plan, the sooner you have to get yourself into planning mode. This also depends on the type of wedding you plan to have. A lavish wedding with all of the trimmings and 200 invited guests will take more time and planning than will a simple more casual wedding that has a guest list of 20 to 30 people.

It is important to remember that wedding planning is a very careful and strategic process and certain things need to be taken care of before others. If you are unclear what you need to do then check out wedding books and magazines or go online to find a list of wedding planning duties as well as a timeline for such things. If you can afford it then it is a good idea to hire a wedding planner or wedding consultant who is a professional who is proficient at all aspects of wedding planning and can make sure that every last detail, down to the wording on the napkins is done properly.

Keep in mind all of the things that need to be done and if necessary design yourself charts to make sure you are on schedule with your progress. It is important to decide on a budget for your wedding and then to choose your maid of honor and bridesmaids and then to seek out potential sites for the wedding ceremony and the reception. The bride and groom need to compile a guest list and the bride must start to think about one of the most important elements of the day for her, which is the dress.

There are invitations to have made and sent out, a menu to plan, rings to be purchased and a cake to be decided upon. If you do your wedding planning in an organized fashion and write down everything you need to accomplish by a certain date then this ensures that you will not be rushing around like crazy a week or a few days before the wedding to deal with last minutes crisis’s that have arisen. Plan for everything and do not be afraid to accept support and help from others who know more about wedding planning than you do.

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