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Recently, my sister got married. The day was absolutely incredible; many memories were made by all. But being the sister and the Maid of Honor, I saw many of the bumps in the road of creating the day that my sister had always dreamed of. Planning a wedding can be, and most likely, will be the most fun and the most frustrating experience you will ever have all wrapped up into one.
Weddings can get very expensive, very quickly. Although there are many ways to cut costs, it is important to figure out a budget prior to getting started so that things don’t spiral out of control and cause any unnecessary stress during the planning stages.
Make a list of EVERYTHING that you feel is important for your big day. This detailed list will feature everything from your dress, drinks at the reception, officiant and chapel fees, decorations, flowers, gifts, rings, catering… You get the point; all the ‘wedding bells’ and whistles should be included.
Sit down with everyone that is going to help you financially and review the list, i.e.: you and your fiance, your parents, his parents and any grandparents or friends of the family that may be contributing. (Please note: use your discretion when you decide whether or not to gather all of these people together at once to discuss finances, you know best if this could potentially cause any unnecessary arguments. If you need to, meet with them separately to keep the peace.)
Next to each item on the list mark who is responsible for each item, keeping in mind that they will probably have a limit to what they are able to give to you. It will help to make a separate page with a breakdown of each party, the amount that they can contribute, and below, a list of all of the things that they would like to offer to you and your fiance.
Now it’s time to start to make phone calls. I’m sure that if you are of the age to be married, you have a few places in mind where you’d like to hold your event. Call them and get some ideas of deposit requirements and balances they will require. Call florists, officiants, churches, photographers, and do a lot of research on the internet to find the best prices and make sure that you pay attention to feedback in chat rooms or forum pages. Friends that have been married and people that have had experience with wedding planning are great resources that may help you save money and find the people that will make your day memorable.
Once you have some ideas on prices you can plug in the balances to your sheet and get a better idea of what items you can keep and where you need to cut back. You may need your mother or a bridesmaid to help you with this because you might find it difficult to rate the importance of the things on your list. Just keep in mind that if you are married to the person that you wish to spend the rest of your life with at the end of the day, your mission has been accomplished, the rest is mere details.
At this point you can start to book dates and facilities, try on dresses, and meet with florists or photographers. Throughout your planning, refer to your budget constantly. This will help you stick to your plan and relieve some of the stress while planning your dream wedding. Most importantly, have fun, this is your day, enjoy it.
I asked a similar question and got some great responses that has made me start to re-think my plan of attack of Disney World 5/19-5/24 with the gf. What do you think would work best:
5/20 Wed – Epcot all day
5/21 Th – MK morning magic hours, HS before dinner
5/22 Fri – AK day, Epcot Night Magic Hours
5/23 Sat – Free morning (most likely end up in HS for star wars weekend and magic hours), end in Magic Kingdom
5/20 – Epcot all day
5/21 – Magic Kingdom morning MH, night Animal Kingdom (closes 4 hours before our dinner reservation)
5/22 – Hollywood Studios all day
5/23 – Free morning (most likely end up in Epcot), MK night.
If you think you have a better idea these are my only real constraints:
5/19 – Flight Arrives 4:30pm, so realistically after transportation and check in I may only be able to visit a park (Epcot or MK) for 2 maybe 3 hours.
5/20 – Open
5/21 – Day MUST involve being in Magic Kingdom at some time pref. morning, have dinner plans @ V&As late that night
5/22 – Open
5/23 – Thinking Magic Kingdom at night cus it’d be a nice way to cap our trip
5/24 – flight departs 1:15 pm
I really wish I had more time, all help much appreciated.
To follow up on my previous questions on Disney Dinner Plan. First of all thanks for all the info: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…
Based on everyone recommendations this is what we decided
Sun: Crystal Palace
Mon: 50’s Cafe
Sat Le’Ceillier Canada
So as you can see Wednesday is still open. This day we were planning on staying at the Animal Kingdom park and looking for a good dinner. Looking at the table dinner at this park it looks little option that would be good for my family. We will be using the Disney Transportation and we only have one sit down dinner credit, do not have park hopper. I have 2 daughter 12 and 8 we do not need to see any more characters. Looking for place that wont take to long, good atmosphere, and food. What do you recommend:
There are two major events that you have to plan on your wedding
day: an unforgettable wedding ceremony and a fun-filled wedding
reception. No matter how important the wedding ceremony is,
there is also a need to provide full attention to your wedding
reception in order for a perfect wedding memory. In fact with
all the available options for you in Chicago, your dream wedding
will be a blast. Chicago is indeed the best place for you to
find the best hotels, restaurants and reception halls.
For instance, the Galleria Marchetti, which is located just
minutes from downtown Chicago, incorporates in interior design
of a contemporary Milanese-style gallery space. On the outside,
you can experience a wonderful urban courtyard with lovely
pavilion surroundings. This is definitely Chicago’s most special
and beautiful place for private entertainment and celebration.
In fact, Galleria Marchetti is well known for its beautiful
secluded atmosphere and delicious Italian cuisine. Apart from
that, it can also accommodate weddings with 25 to 500 guests.
If you are looking for a venue in the city, The Hilton Garden
Inn Downtown Chicago is an excellent place for a Chicago wedding
reception. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
and the River North dining and entertainment area, just two
blocks from North Michigan Avenue, the Hilton Garden Inn offers
you upscale décor and a boutique-style lobby of comfortable
elegance. This is great for guests to linger around before the
celebration officially starts.
Another excellent wedding reception venue would be the Chicago
Midway Hotel Center. This is the perfect venue for out-of-town
and local Chicago wedding receptions as it is conveniently
located two blocks from Midway Airport and eight miles from
Chicago downtown. Apart from that, this hotel provides a host of
transportation options – including a complimentary airport
shuttle as well as elegant facilities. Additionally, the hotel
offers award-winning culinary catering, personalized menu
options, assistance in event planning and state-of-the-art
audiovisual technology. You can even host your wedding reception
till late as accommodation is never a problem with advanced
As Chicago is the city for professional entertainers, you can
even engage a great band to host your wedding reception night!
One of Chicago’s famous bands is The Dan Hayes Orchestra which
has been around since 1982. They perform annually for many
functions and are especially a hit for Chicago wedding reception
functions. From Motown to R&B to Rock n’ Roll to disco and
contemporary hits, they are multi-talented in a wide rang of
music. This will provide your guests with unforgettable
entertainment as statistics have shown that most wedding guests
have a greater memory of enjoyable music as compared to food or
Most importantly, be sure to book your dream venue as early as
possible because popular reception sites get booked up fast. You
may even need as much as a year and a half in advance for
Chicago wedding reception bookings. Start planning for your
dream wedding today so that you can host a memorable night of
celebration that everyone will remember!
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I have never been to Walt Disney World. I am wanting to go there for my 2yr wedding anniversary which is in December.
How do i go about planning it? Is there websites that i can go to? I want to go for about a week.