Six Ways to Prepare for your Wedding Day

A wedding is one of the most important events in a persons’ life, and being well prepared is essential. Here are 6 things you can do to make sure you’re prepared for the big day.

 

Have a Place and Time

First, you should pick out a venue and date for your wedding so you know how much time you have to narrow down your guest list, pick out your dress, select your “save the date” cards and wedding invitations, plan your bridal shower and order things like a wedding cake, flowers, band, etc. Talk it over with friends and family and decide if you want to stay local, or go big with a destination wedding.

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Plan Ahead

Almost as soon as the engagement happens, budgeting for the wedding is extremely important. Research everything you may need for the wedding and honeymoon. Ask family and friends who have been married in the past what to have ready for the wedding, then compare and contrast prices on everything to set up a budget that is right for you. After all that is done, start to make appointments to ensure everything is done in time for the wedding. There are lots of websites and cell phone apps out there nowadays that can be lifesavers for brides-to-be.

Think of the Future

Once you set the date for the wedding, you can start planning your honeymoon Make sure you and your spouse plan your time off work accordingly, and discuss with each other the best options to spend your first days and nights as newlyweds. If you are on a tight budget, consider asking friends and family members to donate to a honeymoon fund in lieu of gifts.

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Family Matters

Discuss the wedding with your immediate family. You may want to consider asking your parents and future in laws if they have any people they want to invite to the wedding. Some people take great offense if they are not invited to weddings and you wouldn’t want this happy time in your life to turn stressful or cause arguments among family members. Make sure you are clear that they can only invite very close friends or family members to keep your guest list from getting out of control.

 

Formalities

Obtain a marriage license, and any other documents needed to make the wedding legal. Be prepared to have insurance plans and taxes ready to go once you are officially married. You might want to join financial accounts or keep them separate for a while. Talk with your spouse about how to prepare for your future together.

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Health Ideas

It’s always a good idea to get a checkup before the wedding, especially if you are traveling abroad for your honeymoon. You may need certain vaccinations if you plan to visit certain countries, and you may want to stock up on a few common medicines if you will be on a cruise for a long period of time. According to Dr. Gilbert Webb at vitals.com, if you are pregnant or if your pregnancy is considered “high risk,” make sure you receive a thorough exam just prior to the wedding and make sure your physician gives you the “all clear” for flying if you plan to travel for your honeymoon.

Brooke Chaplan

“Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”

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