The Wedding Planner Magazine

Charlottesville 5-2

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM 9 It's official! You're getting mar- ried! You have probably been offered 1,000 congratulations by now – and equally as many offers of both solicited and unsolicited advice. You have many decisions to make in the coming months and we know exactly where to start – first things first! Start by creating a list of priorities with your fiancé. What is your vision of the perfect celebration? Does great entertain- ment leave you breathless, or is gourmet food your passion? Do you dream of waltzing on to a custom monogram pro- jected on your dance floor under a wash of romantic spe- cialty lighting? Once you've discussed your mutual likes and dislikes, take your list and use it as the basis for craing a personalized budget. It is important that you determine early on how much money you have and want to spend, and to monitor your expenses as you interview, research, review and select your professional wedding vendors. One of the very first and most important decisions you will need to make is choosing the date for your magical day; it will dictate many things including whether you hold an indoor or outdoor ceremony, what you will wear, and who you will need to hire. You may want to consider hiring a professional wed- ding planner early on in this process as he or she will help keep you on track and avoiding many of the most common planning errors. Make sure you check online reviews for any vendor you hire, and also check their references. Every ser- vice you secure is an investment in your day, and you should be certain you are choosing the right people to help. If you follow our plan and attend to first things first, you are sure to plan a delightful wedding day! Meredith Sledge Photography Rob Garlkand Photographers

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