The joys of planning a wedding... Essay

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The joys of planning a wedding...


The Joys of Planning a Wedding

The verdict is in - I will only get married once. I've always felt that in my heart, but
the experience of planning my wedding removed any doubts that I may have had. The process
of planning a wedding is so extensive and involved that once the process has started,
there is no turning back. You will be completely absorbed in the ins and outs of the
entire day from that point forward. While the main focal point should be the actual
ceremony uniting the man and woman, that is rarely the case. There are so many details to
work out from the color scheme to the reception menu that you have no option but to stay
completely focused. Anyone that has been involved in planning a wedding before will tell
you that once you get the "big four" out of the way you're almost home free. The "big
four" in the wedding planning world are: deciding where the ceremony will be held,
choosing a reception venue, deciding which dresses will be worn, and planning the
honeymoon.

Deciding where the ceremony will be held is one of the first things you need to do when
planning a wedding. You need to decide first and foremost whether or not you want a church
wedding. If you are a member of a particular church, your first instinct will be to hold
the wedding at your church. You have to be certain that the church will be able to
accommodate the number of guests you'll be inviting to attend. Does the church have any
specific rules against music or decorations? You don't want to step on anyone's toes on
one of the most memorable days of your life. My fiance and I chose to have the wedding at
our church with our pastor, Reverend Johnson, officiating. There haven't been any problems
as of yet as far as song choice or decorations. I went the safe route on my musical
selections to be played during the ceremony, and my mother, sisters and I will be
decorating the church the Thursday before the actual ceremony. Once you've decided where
the ceremony will be held, your next step is to choose a reception site.

Choosing the reception venue is another important step in planning a wedding. Some of the
experts will tell you to have the reception site picked out at least a year in advance.
The process of elimination in choosing the reception can be a difficult one. The reception
will either make or break your whole wedding. While the ceremony only lasts about 30
minutes, the reception can carry into all hours of the night. First, you have to ensure
that the reception hall will be large enough to hold all of your guests comfortably and
allow them to dance and mingle as they wish. Next, you must decide what will be served
from the menu that they offer. Finally, you'll need to ensure that the decorations and the
atmosphere as a whole are memorable to both you and your guests. After you're certain that
you've found the reception venue, you'll need to start thinking about the colors and
styles of the dresses.

While the bride's dress should be the most intricately decorated, you also have to decide
what dresses the bridesmaids, flower girl, and mothers of both the bride and the groom
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