No Longer Letting My Romantic Relationship Eagerness Get the Better of Me

When I was getting into the dating scene I was about as novice as novice can get. I can look back now and feel downright embarrassed. I was in a rush to make it happen. I wanted Prince Charming to fall in love with me completely and make my romantic life the stuff of paperback romances and fairy tales. I wanted instant real love from the first date so bad I scared a lot of good guys away. I remember talking about our wedding day on a first date with a doctor once. I would go to blog posts looking for information on how to capture the eye of the right man, only to mess it up with my impatience. Continue reading →

A To Z Guide To Wedding Planning

Now that you’ve recovered from the delightful shock of your engagement, take a deep breath, grab a notebook and your address book, and then let the countdown to the Big Day begin! Planning a wedding isn’t easy, but with organization, time, focus and vision, you can plan the wedding of your dreams.

Wedding Planning

Things Needed

  • Tuxedos
  • Invitations
  • Bridesmaid dresses
  • Notebooks
  • Index Files
  • Calendars
  • Thank-you greeting cards
  • Calculators
  • Wedding gowns

Envision your wedding from beginning to end. Where and when have you dreamed the wedding would take place? How formal would you like the event to be? What will the wedding party wear? What kind of food would you like to serve?

  • Pick a date.
  • Set a budget–one that is functional and provides for some flexibility. Here is where you must combine fantasy with practicality.
  • Ask friends and family to recommend a reputable jeweler. Order your engagement and/or wedding rings.
  • Book the wedding and reception sites.
  • Meet with the officiant of your wedding. Now is the time to be clear about rules and restrictions regarding the ceremony and ceremony site.
  • Select your wedding attendants–your wedding party can be as big or small as you like.
  • Choose a dress and wedding attire for the rest of the wedding party.
  • Make a guest list. You may have to compromise on the number of guests if your budget is limited.
  • Plan your pre-wedding parties, ceremony, reception and honeymoon–consider menus, decorations, favors and music.
  • Interview and hire vendors: wedding coordinator, photographer, video professional, caterer, florist and entertainment.
  • Check state requirements for obtaining a marriage license, and find out how long the license will remain valid.
  • Take care of the rest of the paperwork, from ordering invitations to signing up with gift registries.