Who knew there was a National Wedding Month? Well naturally, February, the month of love and romance, would be the month to celebrate it! New Jersey comes in second to Washington D.C. for most expensive weddings, averaging at about $37,000 a wedding (wow).

Proposing, planning, and celebrating happens all year long, but let’s take a minute to think about the details that are not so fun about wedding celebrations.

Insuring your wedding ring and wedding:   You want to hope for the best, but plan for the worst, especially if you are spending a lot on your wedding. If you lose your rings or have an issue with bad weather, having insurance will save you a headache, and money!

Marriage License:   This is not very romantic, but logistically necessary. Check with you local city offices and municipal court to check dates and times when they issue marriage licenses. Many places only provide them at specific times of the week, which may be inconvenient and require a day off. They may also take several days to give you the hard copy afterwards. Keep in mind, this is extremely important if you’re having a destination wedding.

Have extra cash available for tipping:   There are so many people that help things go smoothly on the day of your wedding from the DJ and the Maitre D to the officiant and the wait staff that was amazing in the bridal suite. You want to have some extra cash at hand for anyone who goes out of their way to make your special day extra special.

Time Management:   Sit down and get yourself organized about the details. They may be overwhelming, but if you sit down and plan out your time table before the big day, it will go a lot more smoothly. Create a month to month overview of the big details that must be tended to and then tackle the smaller to do’s weekly. Remember to budget time every week to sit down and take inventory of what was accomplished and what still needs to get done. And if you feel like you can’t do it alone, hire a wedding planner!

By: Ana Martinez-Feliciano