12 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING
The announcement of commitment – If you have not yet announced it, it is important that both family members and friends have known of the wedding. They can notify you through a formal reception, with a simple phone call or with an ad in the local newspaper. The important thing is that everyone knows when the Great Day will be.
Choose a wedding theme and style – It’s time to sit down with your partner to determine the style of the wedding. They will have to come to an agreement regarding the place and the style. It can be a traditional wedding or an informal ceremony on the beach but both should feel happy with the idea.
Budget – Once the subject and style of the wedding is decided it is very important to determine the budget and the economic responsibility of the expenses. Who will pay for the wedding? Will the parents of both contribute? Everyone involved should meet to make a real budget. It is very important that everyone reaches a specific number to adjust to it throughout the process. In this way, you will avoid surprises and startles.
Guests – Pencil, and paper in hand you must start to write down the people you want to invite. There should be four lists: the bride’s, the grooms and the families of both. Subsequently, the four lists will be combined to create a definitive fifth.
Explore – Start visiting churches, temples, synagogues or chapels, according to the religion you practice. Once the visits are made, reserve the date. It is important that you do it in advance. The demand is usually high and you probably want to keep the date chosen with your partner.
Wedding magazines – It is important that you begin to identify the dress styles that you would like to wear. You can do it through magazines or on the websites of your favorite designers.
Wedding planners – Interview at least three wedding planners. Ask for references and budget.
Investigate the professionals – Remember that you will need a cameraman, photographer, DJ or musical groups that play and encourage the party. Interview yourself with them and check their tapes, recordings, and photos.