Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jumpstarting Your Wedding

This column I wrote for the Broke-Ass Bride has been re-pinned almost 100 times since I wrote it last January. Hope this helps you, too:

Dear Liz,
I just got engaged! Is there some type of simple check list, for starting to plan a wedding? Like…
1- Budget
2 – Guest list
3 – Dress??
I’m so overwhelmed by the whole process!
In the Deep End
Dear Deep,
Welcome to Wedding World! First of all, bonus points for putting your dress third. That sort of practical thinking will get you far around here. Start with your guest list – his list, your list, and your parents’ lists. And, yeah, if your budget is a consideration, figure that out while you’re getting your guests together. You should reserve half of your budget for your ceremony and reception site, and your catering. A little perspective - a comparable wedding dinner at Olive Garden for 100 guests would be around $5,000. Those are also the first three things you need to pay for. Once you got that done, I give you permission to start shopping for your dress. You should probably book a photographer first, but there’s no reason to be a saint. Have fun!
See you at the end of the aisle, 
Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
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