Getting married: what you need to arrange
Anybody who has ever planned a wedding knows that it is a big job. There is actually remarkable little that really has to be done as the requirements are pretty basic. Most people however want to have a wedding that more than meets the minimum requirements and as a result they plan a large party. This requires a lot of work so you will want to make sure that you give yourself lots of time.
The most important thing that you have to make sure that you arrange in order to get married are the necessary licenses. You will need to get a license from the state in order for your marriage to be legal and this can take a few days. The actual time involved varies from state to state, Nevada can do it quickly which is why Las Vegas is such a popular place to get married but you do have to make sure that you plan in advance. It is important to make sure that you get your licenses in the state in which you plan to have the wedding, not necessarily the one in which you live.
The next thing that you have to do is to find somebody to officiate at the wedding. This is normally a minister but it can also be a justice of the peace if you prefer. Again this is something that you will want to arrange early so that you can make sure that the person that you want for the wedding is available on the scheduled date. In addition many ministers in particular will require that you attend pre-wedding counseling before they will perform the ceremony so that has to be factored in as well.
Other than getting a license and finding somebody to officiate there is not a lot that you have to do in order to get married, of course there is a lot that you can do. At this point you pretty much have complete freedom as to the type of wedding that you want to have. You can arrange anything from a large wedding that involves hundreds of guests in a church or you can have a small ceremony in your living room the choice is yours.
Regardless of the type of wedding that you decide to have you are going to want to make sure that you give yourself lots of time to plan it. There are times when it can be arranged on short notice but in general things will go a lot smoother if you start well in advance. There always seems to be more to than you expected, even for small weddings. In general it is best to hire professionals who know what they are doing to provide the necessary services for your wedding as this will make things a lot easier.