You and your fiance are planning your wedding day and there are so many questions running through your mind. "What about this? How about that? Ugh, I don't know anymore!" I get it. It's stressful, exciting, and there are so many things to think about. Below are some common questions that engaged couples or brides typically ask (some that I've asked myself when I was engaged) so I hope this helps you get started with your wedding planning journey. Grab a beer, sit back and enjoy!
I just published our wedding podcast episode here if you'd like to tune in to hear about our wedding experience as a bride and groom, not necessarily as a wedding or event planner.
1. How much does a wedding cost?
I know you're going to hate this answer but it really depends on where you're going to get married and how many guests you are planning to have. Every wedding and couple is different with the budget they are comfortable in spending. In California, the average cost of a wedding is about $32,000. What can you spend with cash and how much can you realistically save? Remember, the more guests you have, the more expensive your wedding will be. If you want to learn how to save for your wedding, check out my blog post here with downloadable templates.
2. Should we have a first look?
Many couples go for this option to get pictures out of the way and save time so you absolutely can, but it’s not the right fit for traditional couples. The pros: taking photos earlier, easing pre-ceremony nerves, and get tears out before the ceremony. I thought about the first look, but my husband really wanted to save the first look for when I was walking down the aisle. There's something about that traditional aspect we wanted to keep. I did end up doing a first look with my dad which was super priceless, and a fun first look with my bridesmaids.
3. Do we need to invite plus ones?
This is always a tough decision for couples because each guest costs money and you want to make everyone happy, but you have to be realistic. The good rule of thumb is to invite plus ones if they're married, if they're in a serious relationship, or if your guest won't know anyone else at your wedding. Extending a plus-one to everyone in your wedding party is a courteous move and they definitely deserve it, but each circumstance is different so talk to your partner about it. You also don't need to invite kids if you want it to be majority adults only.