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Planning a wedding is high on the list of the top ten stressful events in life. Not unlike buying a home, a wedding can be expensive, highly-anticipated, tedious, and emotionally charged. That's why Heather Pasko, Certified Professional Event Planner likens her role as a wedding planner to a real estate agent. She saves families time, money and stress by helping them get focused and organized. Pasko is the owner of Lovely Events and Occasions and she started her business because of her negative experience with her own wedding. Vowing to never let anyone go through the experience she did, she opened a Design Gallery located in West Reading which is essentially a year-round bridal fair with more than 40 vendors including reception venues, bridal shops, pastry chefs and invitation merchants. Two of the weddings Pasko planned will be featured on www.theknot.com in 2011. Here's her abbreviated timeline with decisions to make for a successful wedding:

6-12 months prior
--Wedding day and time
--Color scheme and theme
--Style and formality
--Budget and number of guests
--Select wedding participants
--Location for ceremony and reception
--Ceremony officiate
--Bridal gown and headpiece
--'Save the Date' cards
--Pastry Chef
--DJ/band for reception
--Honeymoon and wedding night plans

3-6 months prior
--Order and address wedding invitations
--Music and agenda for ceremony
--Dress fittings
--Attendants' attire
--Honeymoon reservations
--Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
--Accommodations and directions for out-of-town guests

On the day of your wedding you'll need one person to guide your whole day, preferably a wedding planner or someone who is not in the wedding. You'll also need an hour-by-hour schedule for all participants so everyone is on the same page. The bottom line is you want to be a guest at your own wedding!
The latest trend in weddings is getting down to basics and that means fresh, modern and personal. You want your guests to know it's your wedding when they walk into the ceremony and reception so it should reflect your personality and style. Finally, after a few years of a down economy, many brides are becoming do-it-yourselfers. Websites such as www.theknot.com and www.weddingwire.com are full of tips and tools.

So if planning a wedding from A to Z doesn't thrill you, don't be afraid to ask for help. Wedding planners are moving toward an ala carte menu of services for a little or a lot of service. Here's what a wedding planner can do for you:
--Provide a free consultation
--Help you plan a wedding at any level or price range
--Give you options and point you in the right direction
--Give you homework and keep you on track
--Comparison shop for the right vendors for you
--Negotiate with vendors and keep them in the loop
--Secure discounts with vendors because of their buying power volume
--Work within your budget and help you save money

So instead of just wishing for a beautiful wedding, take the advice of Eleanor Roosevelt: "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."

posted on: 2/12/2011 2:30:00 PM by Vali Heist
category: General Organizing Tips

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Vali Heist is a Certified Professional Organizer, the owner of The Clutter Crew for homeowners, and a Certified GO System Trainer for businesses. She is the author of "Organize This! Practical Tips, Green Ideas, and Ruminations about your CRAP. CRAP stands for Clutter that Robs Anyone of Pleasure! She writes a monthly column for the Reading Eagle called "Organize This!". Vali's bachelor's degree is in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree is in Higher Education from Kutztown University. Vali has an extensive background of 24 years in Higher Education including training, administration, project management, writing, and editorial production. Her passion has always been organization and how it relates to the simplification of work and personal life in order to enjoy both to the fullest. Her ultimate goal is to continue finding simple, easy to implement ideas that work in the real world and pass them on to her clients.

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