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PLANNING a wedding involves making lots of decisions, and depending on your wedding date, the planning can be hectic. This is why you need all the help you can get in terms of ideas and activities that will help you plan your wedding with ease.

1. Always Involve Your Partner In Planning

Your partner plays a huge part in planning your wedding. When you cooperate with each other in the wedding plans, you may be pleasantly surprised by the ideas that you can come up with together. You may not always agree on everything, but do agree to disagree and find solutions that please both of you.

2. Decide on the Guest List Before Anything Else

The number of people attending your wedding affects almost every aspect of wedding planning, from the venue, to the budget and the menu. Sit with your partner and decide who gets to come to your wedding, and then make other decisions around the guest list.

3. Choose a Location for Your Wedding

Whether your wedding will be indoors or outdoors, the venue you select should fit all your guests and provide amenities, such as a kids' section, bathrooms and care for elderly guests. Also check whether there will be room for you and your partner to have private moments together at the venue. Choose a location that will be accessible for your guests, meaning that they do not have to travel far to get to your wedding.

4. Choose a Theme for Your Wedding

This is where all the creativity comes in, and you can have the wedding of your dreams. The theme of your wedding can range from the seasons. You could also have a Victorian wedding or a beach wedding. You can even combine two themes into one. Make sure that your theme is practical enough and will be appreciated by your guests.

5. Create a Realistic Budget for Your Wedding

How much you spend on your wedding can make or break the planning. Many disagreements arise from this, especially if one partner has more costly ideas for the wedding than the other. Always be realistic, and save as much money as you can because your wedding day is only one out of your whole lives together, and you do not want to start your marriage when you are broke. Thinking long term helps in making the wedding budget.

6. Hire a Wedding Planner for Efficiency

When all the above aspects of planning a wedding are agreed upon, you can look for the best wedding planner to take over. Do not let the planner, even with their expertise on weddings, to make major decisions for you. You can leave room for adjustments, but your planner should be able to make your guest list, budget, venue and other parts of your wedding work.

These are the main steps to planning a wedding so consider them when planning your big day.

Your wedding checklist

Planning your wedding is not an easy task and it can be stressful. The key is to stay organised. Here is a checklist to help you plan better:

* Set a budget and don't exceed that amount.

* Choose a theme. Make sure the theme is easy to plan and decorate.

* Decide on the size of your wedding. Remember to talk this over with your fiance.

* Choose your venue.

* Choose your officiant (a pastor, for example). It is courteous to pay a generous gratuity for his time.

* Set the date. The factors in choosing a date include the availability of your venue, friends and family.

* Send out invitations. Be creative; you can make your own and add a personal touch.

* Get the gown. Start looking months before the wedding.

* Select wedding rings. This is a fun task to do together, and symbolises your devotion to each other.

* Find a photographer or videographer. Consider a professional for this special occasion, and make sure that he is reliable.

* Decide what type of food and refreshments you will offer at the reception dinner.

* Pick a cake. It is best to have a tasting first. Also look into a cake that will match your theme.

* Hire your entertainment. Decide on a band or DJ who will keep the flow of the event, make announcements, and plan your events with you.

* Decorations. Find decorations that match your colour scheme.

Source: New Straits Times - 1Klassifieds 
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