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Planning the Perfect Wedding

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Ah, wedding bells. Doesn't every little girl dream of her wedding day? A beautiful dress, a bouquet of roses, sweet violin music. Of course, little girls grow up, and their ideas of the perfect wedding often change. No matter what your wedding vision entails, though, a professional wedding consultant can help you put it all together.

The Wedding Site

One of the most important aspects of the wedding for most couples is its location. Most want a beautiful, perhaps even breathtaking, location in which to exchange their vows. Both indoor and outdoor venues can be decorated and prepared for the perfect wedding. Where might you choose?

  • Church sanctuary
  • Synagogue
  • Art Gallery
  • Historic Building
  • Botanical Garden
  • Beach Front
  • National Park

Any of these places, and many others, would be wonderful settings for your marriage ceremony. Some locations will need minimal decorations since their normal look is often decorative enough - art galleries and gardens, for example. Other locations will benefit from some "dressing up" to make them a fitting spot for your wedding. The site you ultimately choose should be a reflection of your own personality and outlook on life.

Choosing a Date

Even before you choose the wedding site, though, it's usually a good idea to pick a date. The season in which you wed will determine whether or not you can reasonably plan an outdoor wedding, after all. Some couples enjoy planning their wedding's theme around the season as well - a beach theme in summer or a harvest theme in autumn.

It can be important to also choose one or two alternate dates as well. As you select a photographer, caterer, and other service professionals, you may discover that one of them is not available on your preferred date. Having alternate dates in mind will allow you to accommodate all of your chosen vendors without much hassle.

The Wedding Ceremony

A couple's wedding ceremony can range from very formal to totally casual, from very religious to completely secular. Your own style and your view of the marriage ceremony will greatly determine what kind of ceremony you choose.

Especially if you will be exchanging vows in a house of worship, it's important for either you or your wedding planner to discuss all of your ideas with the officiant. Some houses of worship will not allow secular music, for example, or will have rules about what the ceremony must contain. Once you've learned any rules that the wedding site has, you can begin selecting the various aspects of your ceremony.

  • How many attendants will you have?
  • What style of decorations will you use?
  • What kind of music will be played or songs sung?
  • Will you have any poems or other special readings?
  • What vows will you exchange?

Your wedding consultant can help you make decisions about these and any other questions. Writing their own vows is very important to many couples. If this is something you want to do but are having trouble finding the words to express what is in your heart, your wedding consultant can suggest romantic poems or song lyrics that you could use instead.

During the Wedding Reception

Very large weddings ordinarily have a full course meal at the reception. Catering staff in formal uniforms will serve guests at their tables, refill drinks, and carry away empty dishes. If your wedding is small or if you prefer something less formal, it's possible to arrange for a buffet or finger sandwiches instead. If the reception will not be held at dinnertime, some couples forgo the full meal and provide light snacks, fruits, and vegetables instead.

Dancing at the reception is a tradition that many couples continue to enjoy. From that special and exciting first dance between the new husband and wife to the sentimental dances between the bride and her father, the groom and his mother, the event can be bittersweet in many respects. The music selected for the dancing often coincides with whatever theme the couple are using:

  • Classical instrumentals for a formal theme
  • Steel drums for a beach theme
  • Country music for a cowboy & cowgirl theme

Planning a wedding may take many months, but the final result is well worth the time and effort. A wedding planner will be present throughout the day to make sure everything goes smoothly and happily for the bride and groom - the new Mister and Missus.

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