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May 3, 2015
One of the most wonderful times in a person’s life is when they are engaged and making wedding plans. Many people are tremendously thrilled when they find true love.  Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful or a great experience, depending on how you plan it. It is important that you talk to your partner about what you would like your wedding ceremony to be.  Many times a lot of the stress comes from a couple not in agreement on what they would like to include in their wedding.  If you and your fiancé are on the same page, your wedding plans should run smoother.
Many couples run into the problem of funding their wedding so make sure you have the proper budget.  Weddings can be very expensive and most couples starting out don’t have the kind of capital to invest in their wedding.  Make sure that you plan within your means; you don’t want to start your marriage off with a large debt. Another thing, try to be upfront with your family.  Remember, this is your wedding, make sure your family knows that you would like to make the final decisions on any wedding plans. 
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Sit down together and plan a list of who you both want to invite. It is my recommendation that you order your Wedding Invitations at least four weeks prior to mailing them out to your guests.  This will allow you plenty of time to receive your Wedding Invitations and double check your order to make sure you have received everything you ordered and no mistakes were made.  It will allow you enough time for a reprint if needed.  It will also allow you plenty of time to address all the envelopes. 
Wedding Invitations should be mailed out so that your guest will receive them at least six to eight weeks prior to the Wedding.  This will allow your guest enough time to make travel plans and return the respond card you included with your Wedding Invitation.  Typically the respond by date should be two weeks prior to your wedding date.  This should allow you enough time to make your final preparations.
You will have many other things to take care of as your wedding approaches and the last thing you need is to have to rush to get your wedding invitations addressed and mailed out.  There will undoubtedly be last minute names to add and address changes to deal with so please allow yourself plenty of time to accomplish this task.
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Are you planning to write your own wedding vows? Can't think of the right words to say or use? Do you need some sample wedding vows to jump start your thinking? Hey, we know what you're going through, so relax a little bit and check out these sample vows you can use for your wedding.
Now, keep in mind that there are differing vows for each religion. Also, these are not set in stone, and can be changed around to your liking or combined with other vows. The choice is yours, just remember to check with your officiator before totally committing to whatever vow you choose. (Especially if you are getting married in a church or synagogue - they probably have set standards on what is acceptable.)
Common Sample Wedding Vow
I, (Bride or Groom), take thee, (Bride or Groom) to be my lawfully wedded (wife or husband), to have and to hold from this day on, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness or health, to love and to cherish, 'til death do us part.
Roman Catholic Sample Wedding Vow
I, (Bride or Groom), take you, (Bride or Groom), to be my (wife or husband). I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you for all the days of my life.
Muslim Sample Wedding Vow
I pledge, in sincerity and honesty, to be for you a faithful and obedient (bride or groom).
I hope that some of these wedding vow samples have eased your mind somewhat and maybe even given you a few ideas to use for your own vows. Theses samples are just that - samples, it's your wedding and you can do whatever you want. If you're the more creative type you may want to consider writing your own vows. It's really not all that hard and can add a very personal touch to your wedding vows.
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Pictures are an integral part of any wedding. Newlyweds are usually thrilled to get their pictures back from the photographer so they can relive their special day. But there are many special activities you can build into a wedding that involve photos. One fun idea that many brides employ is to take photos of everyone as they arrive at the wedding, almost like you do at a high school prom or company Christmas party. You can provide a backdrop and couples can pose either for a paid photographer or for whoever happens to pick up the camera. These pictures can be taken with a Polaroid camera for instant fun or with a disposable camera. If you want slightly higher quality photos, go for a digital camera. This can be an excellent way to keep guests busy and happy until the "official" reception begins with the arrival of the bride and groom.
Music is as much a component of a good wedding as food and drink. You can have a wedding without music, but it's likely it will seem a little quiet and dull. So whether you have a full live band, a string quartet, a DJ spinning tunes or recorded music from a boom box, it should be included.
But music's not just for dancing. There are a myriad of activities you can plan around the music that will add an element of fun to your wedding.
For many couples, the wedding is not over once the reception is. Depending on the location of the wedding and the couple's relationship with their families, often there are other activities that follow the main event. One of the most obvious is a breakfast the day following the wedding. This is a time for everyone to touch base with each other, check in on how everyone did and perhaps share memories of the night before. This breakfast activity can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Some people like to have this breakfast at a relative's house because that is friendly and familiar and more conducive to everyone hanging out and enjoying themselves. It can be potluck style or catered. You can also meet up at a restaurant.
Many families like to have the bride and groom open presents the day after the wedding. There are many who believe the bride and groom are required to open presents in the presence of family for good luck. Whatever you do just remember your wedding should be one of the most memorable day of your life.
Happy planning,


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