Congratulations to the newly engaged!!

If you are reading this with a shiny new ring on your finger – welcome and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  You must be so excited and for good reason – you have found the one you will spend the rest of your life with and now you get to plan your wedding!

The next months will be filled with a million and one decisions and few basic facts to keep in mind:

*The average wedding in the Columbus, Ohio area costs about $28,000 and has around 150 guests.  Depending on the choices and your priorities, you can spend less and you can very easily spend more.  Emilie Duncan Event Planning works with all budgets – we’ve planned weddings with budgets from everywhere from $10,000 up to $150,000 but our couple’s average wedding budgets seem to be between $40,000 and $80,000.

*Bridal gowns take an average of 6 to 9 months to be made and delivered.  Bridesmaid gowns take an average of 3 to 6 months to be made and delivered.  Plan accordingly.

*Not all wedding vendors accept credit cards so don’t count on putting everything on plastic for the wedding.

*If you have no idea where to start, hire a planner!   Even if full service planning isn’t in your budget, consider hiring a planner for a couple of hours.  Most planners offer hourly assistance for just a little bit of help and can get your planning process headed in the right direction.

This is a series I did a few years ago with the first things you should be thinking about as you get the planning process started:

A is for Attendants
B is for Budget
C is for Contracts
D is for Date
E is for Eating
F is for Formality
G is for Gowns
H is for Hair
I is for Inspiration
J is for Jewelry
K is for Keepsakes
L is for License
M is for Mailing List
N is for NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MBA
O is for Old
P is for Priorities
Q is for Questions
R is for Relatives
S is for Size
T is for Theme
U is for Unfortunate Monograms
V is for Vendors
W is for Wedding Planner
X is for eXercise
Y is for You
Z is for Zzzzzzzzs

And if you aren’t in the mood to open 26 different pages, you can browse the whole category here: First Things First.

Good luck with the planning and remember to have fun and enjoy this time – yes it is stressful but the result really does make all the work worth it in the end.

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