Have you just said ‘yes’ to spending the rest of your life with that special someone? Congratulations are in order. Planning a wedding can be as simple as showing up at City Hall with two witnesses or staging a full blown production for hundreds of guests. Take a deep breath and commit to making the planning period as joyful and stress free as possible. Take these recommendations from the professional wedding planners to ensure your wedding day is a huge success.

After securing the date, the next largest decision, and most daunting, is to determine the budget. Wedding costs can mushroom rapidly. Decide what is important to you and your fiancé.  This is the topic that generates the most stress.  Keep it in perspective. While this day presumably will only happen once, and you understandably want it to be magical, lugging a debt from your wedding through the first years of your marriage is no way to get started. Decide on the venue for the vows and the reception. Secure this venue and arrange to have invitations sent to your guests.

One of the newest options for capturing the precious moments of a wedding celebration is to arrange to have a drone and drone operator at the reception. The results far surpass and video options. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and explore the different drones available from Garmin. Many professional videographers have added drone filming to their menu of services. Do check with the venue to ensure drones are allowed. Most often your videographer can confirm this.

Finally, as you cover all the details from the dress to the flowers and music, don’t forget to spend time planning your marriage. Yes, planning your marriage should take the same, if not higher, priority as planning your wedding. Have you discussed the big financial issues such as discretionary spending parameters and the purchase of a home?  Children, faith, family and household chores all need to be discussed. Most importantly, learn how to fight fair. You will fight – discuss in advance how to do this in the most effective way. Meeting with clergy or marriage counselors before the wedding is always time well invested. Congratulations on your pending vows!