You've played the dating game and finally found the person you want to marry. Now, it's time to get to work. Planning the wedding can be stressful, so we've created a quick guide to help make your wedding planning easier.
Keep in mind that the most important part of your wedding day will be your temple ceremony. The reception is a great way to celebrate with family and friends but we recommend keeping it simple. Elder Cree-L Kofford offers this important counsel:
Plan the activities of the temple day such that they focus on the spiritual. I realize that is extremely hard to do when you're talking about being sealed. There are many times when people come from out of town who want to express their best wishes. Sometimes there is a meal; usually there is a reception. All too often you are so exhausted you are unable to comprehend the significance of what you have experienced. Frequently you become so caught up in the things of the world that it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to fully appreciate the things of God. Realizing that sometimes it simply can't be done, do everything you can to move as many social commitments off that day as possible. Often we cheat ourselves out of the greatest spiritual experiences of our lifetime by being too wrapped up in the temporal things.
Remember that your wedding day is not a social experience with a tinge of the spiritual, but rather it is a spiritual experience with a tinge of the social.
President Spencer W. Kimball said about receptions:
I know you plan a reception following the marriage. It offers a delightful opportunity for relatives and friends to bring gifts and wish you well, but I hope you will again avoid the temptation to go to extremes in following the world in showy pageantry. There is danger that the ostentatious display may detract from and overshadow the simple wedding. With your good judgement and clear thinking, I know you can graciously entertain your guests in a wholesome, friendly, and dignified reception without the excesses so often in evidence.
The following checklists are ordered according to priorities.
Day Before the Wedding:
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