3 Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding
3 Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding
Weddings continue to be viewed as the biggest and most important day of your life. And as such, it is no surprise that the average wedding today is nearing $40,000. Millennials, in particular, are looking for that wow factor in their wedding. Not only that, but today’s weddings get a lot of notice and tend to infiltrate social media. For that reason alone, the expectation that the wedding will be a monumental moment to remember, is fitting, to say the least.
How to plan the perfect wedding
If you’re planning your wedding and want to make it a day to remember, there are many ways to do just that, regardless of how much you want to spend. In order to make sure your day is perfect, consider these tips.
1) Set your wedding date and stick to it – According to The Knot, a trusted online authority for all things wedding-related, the typical engagement period lasts for 14.5 months. This is the average amount of time that couples need to plan their wedding. Considering that wedding planning usually needs to take place alongside day to day life and obligations, this really isn’t that long of a time period for such a large event. That said, one of the biggest obstacles to marrying at anytime less than 14.5 months comes down to finding the right venue available on the date that you want.
2) Identify your budget – Now, this could easily become the number one step and could be more important than setting your wedding date. But this really depends on how you look at it. When you get married, the general goal is that the marriage will last forever. This means that the particular date you picked will be celebrated every year as you commemorate your years together. Thus, picking the date is absolutely critical. Further, you need to ensure the ceremony will take time at the time of year that you want and that it aligns with when you will want to celebrate going forward. So, after that date is set, you need to determine how much money with which you have to work. With today’s weddings, brides and grooms are footing more and more of the bill, which means that the parents of the bride no longer need to worry about taking out another mortgage on their home. Therefore, you need to identify the various wedding expenses and who will be paying for what. Be sure that your list includes (in the least) ceremony expenses, wedding attire, flowers and decorations, photography, prewedding events, rings, the wedding reception (inclusive of venue, catering, and bartending costs), transportation, and the honeymoon. Once this has all been identified, it will be easier to take the next steps.
3) Determine the venue and menu – This will by far be the most expensive portion of your wedding day. Most venues have a cost of their own to reserve space. Then you will also need to take on the cost of the catering and bartending services, and whatever expenses that they have to put on your perfect day. The great news is that once this is done, you will have achieved a massive accomplishment and can then take more time to work through the remaining details. Venues, caterers, and bartending staff can only handle so many events in a day, so be sure to lock them in sooner than later. Not only that, but in many cases, the venue coordinator and catering contact can provide you with recommendations on where to reserve or purchase the other items you may need – all because they are experts in the space and have been there done that a few times.
Getting in front of your wedding day is really a must. Some couples can get married on a tight budget or for next to nothing other than the cost of a justice of the peace. But if you are looking for a grand experience that makes a statement, the sooner you get the date set, identify your budget, and land on your venue and caterer, the easier the rest of the planning will be.
And until your special day arrives – congratulations and happy planning!