By Stephen Kreutzer
So you two are getting married? Why not do everything you can
to make it a wedding to remember? Here are the items you will
want to consider carefully while formulating your wedding
Secular or Non-secular?
Decide whether you want a simple civil ceremony or a
This should be a straightforward decision, but if you run into
a snag on this point, don't worry; you can work it out. It'll
just be the first of many compromises!
If you want a church wedding, make an appointment to talk to
the church representative that handles such things and go from
Weddings cost money. It's one of a handful of life-changing
events, and an investment to make it everything you ever
it to be is appropriate.
Talk it over. Come up with a dollar figure and start gathering
estimates. Once you two have decided how much you want to
spend, however, don't go over that amount. This is the first
big investment you'll make, and you want it to be a pleasant
Make your list of "must-haves," such as wedding gown,
invitations, flowers, rings and reception. Then call for
estimates on each of those items.
If your estimates total less than your wedding budget, you can
go on to items on your second-tier list, your "wanna-haves."
This list would include such items as a hairdresser, a
photographer, a stag night, a hen party and professional
both for the wedding ceremony and the reception.
The Moment You've Waited For
Did you forget the honeymoon? Not likely!
You may look at the costs you've racked up on paper so far and
despair, thinking you'll only have money left over for a night
at the bowling alley! If that's the case, go back over all
lists and prune. Or give yourselves more time to save the
you'll need to create your perfect experience. The honeymoon,
after all, is the consummation of the marriage. Make it a time
to remember forever.
About The Author: Stephen Kreutzer is a freelance publisher
based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and
reports in various ezines and provides wedding tips on