Planning a wedding with your fiancé can be challenging and rewarding, fun and difficult, stressful and exciting. Emotions run high, and you constantly worry if you’re making the right choices to create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
A perfect wedding is more than having flawless hair and make-up, impeccable food and gorgeous decorations – it’s about sharing a part of your and your fiancé’s lives with the people you love. And the best way to do that? Keeping it local. There are many advantages to having a local wedding.
You will have plenty of people to help you with anything you need, whether it’s family or friends. Additionally, by keeping your wedding local, you avoid the headache of trying to find a venue, hotels, restaurants and more that can accommodate your needs in a location you are unfamiliar with.
As someone who is already an expert in their hometown, you can plan and create a list of things to do for all types of guests, from the people who love to be active to those who can’t wait to enjoy a spa day. Providing this extra touch will go a long way in making your day extra special.
Keeping it local also means giving support to great local businesses, from venues to hairstylists to caterers and more. Go one step further, and provide your guests with a list of your favorite restaurants and attractions that hold special meaning to you and your fiancé.
We have great tips, advice and suggestions to help you begin planning your perfect local wedding. Use our following guide as a base to get started, and learn what local businesses have to offer! W
First Steps After You Put a Ring on It
For many engaged women, their wedding day is something they have been envisioning for years. For others…not so much. But, it’s okay. If you’re one of the women who hasn’t given a second thought to color schemes and wedding gowns, now is the time to start. However, you will be quick to learn that all these choices can be extremely overwhelming. Before you break down in a sweat and panic, consider the following questions, which can help you plan, create and enjoy your perfect wedding!
What’s your budget? Before you begin any planning, the first thing you and your fiancé must decide on is the budget. Whether you receive help from relatives or are funding the entire wedding yourselves, setting a budget and sticking to it is extremely important. Try to think of every cost you may incur, which could include vendor tips, travel fees and last minute rentals or decorations.
How involved do you want to be? Some brides may enjoy the DIY aspect of a wedding, while others prefer for someone else to work with the vendors. Either is acceptable, but if you identify as the latter, you may want to consider hiring a wedding planner. A planner can identify your style and tastes and ensure your big day runs as smoothly as possible.
Does your fiancé have input? Years ago, a wedding was seen as all about the bride, but today, more than ever, men are providing input on this special celebration. It is important to talk to your future spouse before making any major decisions and ensure you are creating a wedding that reflects both of you as a couple. His ideas and advice can provide an alternate view you didn’t even think about! And if you disagree about something, working toward this goal together now is great practice on compromise for when you’re married.
Do you prefer traditional or original? Answering this question can be the cornerstone to discovering your wedding style. While both styles can create gorgeous weddings, only you know what will make you feel more comfortable. Once you answer this question, you will be able to focus better on the details: your setting (church, hotel, golf course, woods, beach, etc.); casual or black tie attire; season; bridal party; decorations and more.
While planning a wedding can be stressful, remember that one answer always leads to another. Give yourself plenty of time to choose and plan a wedding that is unique to you and your fiancé, and it is bound to be an affair your guests will never forget! W