You have either shouted it from the rooftops or just made a few calls, either way — you are officially engaged! Along with being engaged comes a whole slew of questions, advice, celebrating, and a whole lot of planning. For you — this may be the first big event you have ever planned.
With an ever-growing base of wedding professionals in the world with all sorts of ideas and options comes the knowledge that you can truly have a unique wedding day. A wedding should be all about bringing your two families together to showcase your love for one another. Take all the unique event vendors, your style, and your heritage … mix them all together in one room … and you will have the makings of a dream wedding. It's the big picture finding its way through to all of the details that is typically the problem. How can you make your dream day a reality when you have never done this before? Sure, there are a ton of wedding professionals out there, but how do you choose?
It's perfectly normal to feel a little overwhelmed. Couples get married every day all over the world. Does that mean that they were not nervous and that they had a plan from the beginning? Nope! It just means they started the wedding planning process, just like you, and went out with their to-do lists and got the job done. For some people, wedding planning is a breeze, for others it is an absolute challenge. No matter which camp you are in, you just need a little bit of time, patience, and excitement.
Wedding planning is really just information gathering. Your budget and style are what dictate your criteria for the best possible wedding vendors. Just like school or work, you have a project and you have to manage it. With your wedding, it is the same. The biggest difference is that this day is part of your history and typically one of the most important days of your life! So it is completely understandable to be nervous and excited all at the same time.
The Everything® Wedding Book 4th Edition provides you with the best possible tools and a wealth of information about all of the major aspects of planning a wedding. From how to announce your engagement to planning your honeymoon — each chapter is a guide. Take one chapter at a time and then go back and review as needed. This book is filled with worksheets and information that will help keep you on track and stay organized along the way.
This book will help keep you sane and hopefully let you actually enjoy your engagement instead of droning through countless unnecessary meetings. Being engaged is one of the most thrilling times in a man or woman's life — savor every moment of it. Don't let wedding planning overshadow the end goal: the two of you getting married and living happily ever after!