As a continuation to last week’s Wedding Wednesdays question, this one will help you in the next step of your wedding planning.
Q: I’ve sat down and discussed my guest list, what comes next?
The next step is to figure out when and where to get married. So, let’s start with when you should get married. The timeframe hopefully shouldn’t be too difficult. You’ll want to think about your work and/or school schedule and when would be the best time to take off. Perhaps it’s during a break or lull (if you have busy seasons) or it’s when you as a couple can find a time together when you are free.
You should also think about your guest list now that you have one and make sure that you choose a time when most of those people (or, at least, the must have important people) will be able to make it. Another factor to consider are the seasons and if you prefer perhaps a fall wedding to any other timeframe. If none of these factors matter to you or is an issue, then I’d suggest you pick a timeframe that is meaningful to you as a couple.
In conjunction with figuring out when you are getting married, you’ll want to think about the where you want to get married as well. I’m not talking about the specific venue (unless you have one in mind), but the general location. Do you want to have a wedding close to home or are you thinking of a destination wedding? It’s a great time to talk with your fiance about your wedding dreams and what would make you happy and feels most like the two of you. Maybe somewhere exotic like Bali makes sense if you’re travel buffs and enjoy experiencing the culture and tropical weather. Or perhaps something small in your backyard make sense because you want to keep it super casual. It’s easy to go a bit crazy here, but if you focus on who the two of you are, your personalities and what you enjoy, you should be able to immediately know where or, at least, narrow the possibilities.
You should also think about your guest list here as well and keep that in mind when choosing a location. You shouldn’t necessarily pick a location based on your guests, but if having your grandmother who can’t travel is a must, then you’ll want to keep that in mind. And if you are thinking of having a destination wedding, then you’ll want to also pick a timeframe that works well with that particular location.
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