Get Your Marriage License
You have to have it to get married! Many couples get lost in the wedding planning process and they forget all about applying for a marriage license. It is recommended that you obtain your marriage license two weeks before your wedding day.
Purchase Wedding Rings
A wedding ring symbolizes love and commitment forever! It is something you will be wearing every day for the rest of your life, so it is important to take the time to choose one that will stand the test of time and be comfortable on your finger. There are no set rules when it comes to wedding rings, so make sure you get something that you both will love. Grooms – You can’t just give her the engagement ring again at the altar!
Book Your Honeymoon
The honeymoon is a trip of a lifetime opportunity! The history behind the “honeymoon” is very interesting and can be found here:
Set Up Gift Registries
Many couples think since they have been together for a while they don’t need anything going into a marriage. Who said that? Anyone, I mean ANYONE, loves new stuff especially if their family and friends are willing to give it to them for free! So, let your family and friends shower you with gifts. It’s your wedding so this is the one chance to let everyone know exactly what you want! Let’s face it- you will probably be having the “and that is going where?” talk with your spouse about some old stuff that only the owner could love, so you will need “new” stuff very soon!
Create a Wedding Website
Every engaged couple should have a wedding website! It’s a place to announce that you are engaged and guests can see information regarding the wedding and where you are registered. There are great sites out on the internet that offer FREE websites or you can pay for a subscription. Either way…you should do it! Your guests will love you that much more for making it a one stop shop!
Get Professional Engagement Photos
You and your fiancé will need some down time to be together during the planning process, so make sure you book an engagement session with your photographer. You are probably thinking “well, I’ll have pictures from the wedding”. Yes, you are correct. However, they will be more formal and not as relaxed photos. If you do engagement shots you and your future spouse can experiment and find what reflects both of you as a couple. This is the time where you can have fun and enjoy being a “couple.”
Dance Lessons for Two
Picture this: You are about to walk onto the dance floor and hear your name being announced as Mr. and Mrs. You are staring into each other’s eyes as you hear the beginning of your song. All of your family and friends are watching you! What now? Do you stand in one place, move across the dance floor, or do that foot to foot scuffle? If you two prepared with dance lessons you two would have been completely confident and enjoying the moment instead of worrying about what the other is going to do. Not to mention the damage that could be done to those expensive shoes!
Escape During the Planning Process
Even if you hire a planner, you will still be making decisions which means you will be thinking a lot. Set aside some time where you don’t need to think. You will need your energy for your big day! Make an appointment at your local spa to get pampered, go to the movies without your cell phone, and/or do something involving each other without mentioning the word “wedding”! You deserve it!
Get Pre-marital Counseling
Pre-marital counseling is created to assist couples in developing skills to equip and navigate their way through marriage successfully and identify areas where differences between couples may come up and cause conflict in the future.
Discuss Financial Compatibility
Hopefully you have already discussed this with each other, and it should be covered in your pre-marital counseling. However, it deserves special recognition here because money is one of the most common issues that married couples argue over. Different expectations occur because you are both coming from two different backgrounds, incomes, and unique money personalities.
Hire a Planner
You are engaged, so you should enjoy it! Wedding planning can be confusing, stressful, and very time consuming. Too many people think planning a wedding is a second job to them. Take the stress out of it all and leave the details to a professional who knows what he or she is doing! We know you don’t want to worry about all the little details that make up your wedding day, but instead you want to be able to remember how much fun Aunt Jill and Uncle Todd had on the dance floor or how your mom’s mouth dropped when she saw your dad do the worm for the first time! Hire a wedding planner that will do all the work while you have all the fun!