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Setting A Budget For Your Wedding

The most important thing in planning your wedding is setting a realistic budget.

To help you along during the various stages of the planning process, a wedding budget should be divided into expense categories. For instance, take invitations, entertainment, and photographer and determine how much you want to spend in each of these categories.

And, of course, these aren?t set in stone and can be adjusted along the way. After coming up with a preliminary budget, you might decide to divide the budget differently. For instance, you might decide that entertainment is important than you just reduce another category and add it to the entertainment. The budget is still $15,000, but it?s now divided differently.

The key thing to emphasize here is that by staying on budget, it?s much easier to ensure you have the perfect wedding you want. Even expensive weddings need to be planned around a budget to control costs and determine where the money can best be spent.

To start developing the budget, you should determine the expense categories for your wedding and estimate how much you would like to spend in each category. Then, as you receive responses from the requests for proposals from wedding professionals, you can adjust your budget accordingly. So, in the case that the photographer comes in at $250 under your set budget, then you can apply that to invitations, for instance.

Remember, developing a budget requires you to set priorities so that you can work the
budget around. The budget must be based on what you and other contributors can afford and which categories you?re willing to spend more, or less, on. By being realistic, you can avoid the embarrassment of having to change plans due to a shortage of funds or even going into serious debt to finance your wedding. But, in any case, it allows you to plan more efficiently.

The number one way you can reduce the cost of the wedding is by controlling the guest list. To ensure the wedding day runs smoothly, keep in mind that some of your guests invited may have special dietary or mobility needs. However, many issues can affect the ability to limit the guest list. So, set a goal for your list size. This is also an efficient way to keep costs in check.

After you decide on a budget. You need to figure out the number of guests that fit within your budget. How you would figure this list out you should create four guest lists. The bride?s, her parents?, the groom?s, and his parents?. To get the finalized list of those to be invited, combine these four lists. Finalizing the guest list requires a lot of patience and compromise for all involved. Keep in mind to reduce the cost of the wedding is by controlling the guest list.

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Reception Tips

Here are some other common questions and answers you can cover in your upcoming shows with planning the perfect wedding.

At the bride and grooms table, where does the bride sit?
The bride is seated on the groom?s right.

With the divorced parents, who attends the reception?
Both may attend if agreeable by all, or separate receptions may be given.

Who reads congratulatory messages aloud?
The best man reads any congratulatory messages that are received.

Who proposes the first toast?
The best man proposes the first toast to the bride and groom.

Who cuts the first piece of cake?
The bride, with the groom?s right hand over hers, cut the first piece of cake. They break the slice and eat it together. A friend or waiter then takes over the slicing of the cake.

What happens at the reception if other couples start dancing before the bride and groom?
When the newlyweds appear, everyone should stop dancing. Then the bride and groom waltz once around the floor solo.

Is the groom obligated to dance with someone besides his bride?
Yes, the groom is obligated to dance with his mother, mother-in-law and the maid honor.

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De-Stress Tips

Great Ways to De-Stress when planning your wedding.

? Exercise daily. Go for a jog, bike ride or even swim.
? Listen to relaxation tapes.
? Limit or reduce caffeine and sugar intake.
? Reorganize your daily schedule.
? Meditation/Yoga
? Reading
? Stop working at least an hour before going to bed. So you can unwind for bed.
? Assign tasks to your assistants for your wedding day.
? Write down a great idea if you wake up during the middle of the night.

If anything refrain from discussing your wedding planning stresses to your friends and family. It never helps worrying about things when your trying to de-stress. Keep in mind the more you think and talk about the stress you feel, the worse it can become.

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Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreements define the rights of the bride and the groom during marriage. It also defines how property is to be divided between both parties in case of divorce or Death. Both parties must reveal all of their assets or the agreement is void and may also constitute fraud. If a couple doesn?t have a prenuptial agreement, the state defines how the assets will be divided and distributed between them. Prenuptial agreements are important in cases where children from previous marriages are involved, though child custody and child support aren?t usually covered.

Courtesy of The Wedding Planner Magazine.