Congratulations! You have decided to get married. Here are some steps (and tips) to help you organize the perfect wedding (or close to it).
[ ] Once the engagement is official, consult with both families, and decide on a tentative time and place for the wedding and reception. You should also draw up a guest list to have an idea of how large your reception hall should be.
[ ] Consult your priest / minister to choose a firm date and time for the ceremony (there may be restrictions).
[ ] If you wish to compose your own vows, inform your priest / minister. While some priests / ministers do not allow this, others may help you in writing them.
[ ] Budget for the wedding, reception, clothes, honeymoon, flowers, music, photographer, limousine, wedding cake, etc.
[ ] As soon as the wedding date is set, reserve a hotel banquet room, a restaurant, a hall, or a tent (in the event of an outdoor wedding) for the reception. For a group of two hundred people or more, reservations should be made at least a year in advance. For a smaller wedding the hall should be reserved eight months to a year in advance.
[ ] Should you be wanting a photographer, videographer, mobile discotheque or a band, you should book these services six months to a year in advance.