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Top 10 To Dos Before You Say “I Do”

September 7, 2012

You’ve fallen in love and it’s official—there’s a wedding to plan.  But before you can walk down the aisle, there are lists upon lists of to dos to do before you can say “I do.”  So what should you do first?

  • Budget.  It’s not fun to crunch numbers but it’s a must.  No couple wants to begin their lives together deeply in debt, so be realistic and talk frankly with parents or others who wish to contribute to your wedding.  The budget is going to determine everything else on this list, so start here—before you fall in love with a designer wedding gown that’s nowhere close to being in your price range.
  • Venue.  The availability of your favorite venue is a huge factor.  Popular Twin Cities wedding venues will book quickly so reserve your ceremony and reception sites as soon as possible.  This will determine the “when” and “where” of your wedding.  Don’t forget to think of your guests, keeping in mind transportation and ease of getting to and from the ceremony to the reception, places where guests can stay, and other factors to make their experience an enjoyable one.  Twin Cities hotel weddings are popular because they offer a beautiful space for the ceremony and reception as well as convenience for guests who may prefer to stay in the same building.
  • Officiant.  You can’t get married without someone performing the ceremony.  If you attend a large house of worship you may need to reserve the officiant as soon as you know the when and where of your ceremony.  One wedding trend is to have a friend or family member officiate (after they receive their legal credentials of ordination as required by law).
  • Photographer and Videographers.  Again, the most popular ones will get booked quickly, so try to narrow down prospective photographers and videographers to your top three (keeping budget in mind) and then see who’s available on your big day.
  • Wedding license.  Don’t forget the legal details!
  • Wedding attire.  Ahhh the dress, the tux, the bridesmaids’ dresses—this is the fun stuff.  There are so many options these days, from off-the-rack gowns to rainbow colors and everything in between.
  • Menu and cake.  Your reception site will help you with tastings so you can determine the menu.  Have fun and don’t be afraid to think of dishes that reflect your ethnic heritage, favorite foods, or maybe a cake or other dessert that holds special meaning.
  • Wedding party and guests.  Choosing who will stand up for you during the ceremony and the loved ones who will be invited is a special project.  Again, remember your budget as you determine your guest list.
  • Wedding rings.  Whether simple or ornate, have fun during your visit to the jeweler.  (Budget budget budget!)
  • Florist/Décor.  Your reception site may work with you on various options for decorating the venue.  Flowers that bloom during the month of your wedding will be more cost effective. Weddings held during autumn can be decorated with natural touches such as gourds, bundles of grain, apples; December weddings can use poinsettias and other holiday plants.

Throughout all of the to dos, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and revel in the inevitable chaos of wedding planning.  Have a wonderful time as you go through your wedding checklist and you and your spouse-to-be work out the details that will make your special day really shine.

Twin Cities hotel

The Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel is an all-suite hotel in the Twin Cities. The 50,000 square feet conference facility is ideal for business, social events and weddings with 25 versatile rooms including three ballrooms and amphitheater. The hotel is close to a wide selection of shopping destinations including the Mall of America. It’s also a sports headquarters, near the National Sports Center, Target Field, Target Center and University of Minnesota.

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