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Ask the Expert: Taking the Headache out of Wedding Details

Our catering guru gives brides the inside scoop on how to coast through the planning process.

By Kate Bennett A classic sparkling cocktail with St. Germain and a lemon twist. Photograph by Justine Ungaro.

The Expert: Eric Michael, co-owner of Occasions Caterers in Washington, DC

Let’s say I’m a bride who just got engaged and I have no clue where to begin. What are the first steps when starting to plan? 

First, enjoy every minute of being engaged; it’s such a special and happy time! Then set the date, set the tone, and set the budget. Once you’ve picked the date and the tone, whether formal, casual, or black-tie, it’s time for an honest discussion with your parents, if they have offered to pay, or with your groom, about how much you would like to spend on each aspect of the wedding and reception. Don’t take on more debt than you can handle.

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