The Top Most Important Things in a Wedding

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Though stationery and place settings are charming elements of a wedding day, the truth is that there are a few necessary basics for you to have a blissfully complete wedding day. As it turns out, your happiness and the people with whom you spend your day truly make it what it is.

The Venue

  • Much of your wedding planning rides on the venue you select. Your guest list, catering style and time of the ceremony are all affected by the venue's specifications. Additionally, your venue may supply its own in-house singer, cake decorators or transportation for your guests; asking about the services they offer will save you a lot of planning time. Lastly, booking your venue means that you can send out your save the date cards and let all of your potential guests know that there is a celebration in the near future.

Your Attire

  • Many brides swear that their wedding planning falls into place more easily after they have found "the" gown. Selected eight to 10 months before the wedding date, your wedding dress shows you that all of your hard work is going to be worth it and reminds you of how magical it will be to walk down the aisle to your future husband. Additionally, once you've chosen the wedding gown -- which costs 8 to 10 percent of the overall wedding day, according to a survey done by The Knot -- you are free to allocate the remaining funds to your other wedding day components.

Your Vows

  • Whether you stick to the traditional vows or decide to create your own pledges of love, your wedding vows play an integral role in your day. They bring you together as husband and wife, ending your lives as single people. Therefore, even if you decide to use the conventional service, consider incorporating your own oaths for added personality. Writing your own vows shows your guests how much your marriage means to both of you and allows you to take a bit of time to reflect on your relationship as a whole.

The People Around You

  • Your guests are the ones with whom you and your fiancé celebrate the most important day of your lives, so invite only those who are supportive and happy for you. This helps your wedding retain a positive atmosphere. It's your day, so don't invite a belligerent friend if you think that she might spoil it for you. The celebration you share with those around you should be joyful, so stave off any unpleasant moments by being scrupulous during the creation of the guest list. At the very least, don't seat quarrelsome guests next to one another.

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