Weddings take a lot of planning. It’s no wonder we start thinking about our dream weddings from an early age. Though most brides prioritize their attire, research shows that 80% of brides spend more time and money on entertainment for guests.
The great thing about planning your wedding is that you get to choose what’s most important to you and your betrothed. Whether you want to focus on the dress, your budget, or the guest experience, start prioritizing now so you can have the wedding you always dreamt about.
Not sure where to start? Here are the top 10 priorities to think about for your wedding and tips to avoid common mistakes.
1. Choose your colour, theme, and style.
Experts say the most common wedding colour mistakes include: forgetting to factor in your venue colours, waiting too long to choose, and picking bridesmaid's colours that don’t flatter your party. Having a plan sets the tone for the wedding celebration and creates an atmosphere of your choice, influencing everything from decorations to attire. A well-chosen theme helps make your wedding memorable and visually stunning.
2. Determine your budget.
Most newlyweds say they underestimated their wedding budget by an average of 45%, so make sure you leave some wiggle room or get into a positive mindset about compromise. A well-defined budget helps couples allocate resources wisely, preventing any financial stress. It also guides your choices about venues, vendors, and all the intricate details that contribute to a wedding. As a result, you can prioritize what truly matters to you in your wedding.
3. Assemble your team
The average couple spends $1,500–$3,500 on a wedding planner for their big day. But if you’re on a budget, friends and family work too! Each member plays a crucial role in bringing your vision to life. Don’t take it all on yourself!
4. Buy or borrow your wedding dress
The bride’s gown is the centrepiece of the entire day. Ideally, the bride’s gown should reflect her style and personality. Bridal boutiques and designers provide a range of options, making it easy to try on different styles and find the one that suits her most. Today, expect to spend around $2000 on your dress on average.
Borrowing a gown will certainly help your budget, but I recommend doing so only if you truly love the gown you are borrowing. Most brides-to-be will consider the wedding dress a top priority, so if the money is available, go for a dress that makes you feel beautiful. It's important to weigh both the emotional and logistical aspects to ensure your wedding experience goes smoothly.
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5. Start the guest list
Creating your guest list requires thoughtful consideration. You want to follow your vision while adhering to logistical and financial limitations. Ultimately, the guest list shapes the atmosphere of your wedding. You want to make sure that the most important people are there to witness and celebrate the union but not be overwhelmed with people. You can count on about 85% of your guest list actually showing up at your wedding.
6. Pick a date
If you want to avoid getting married on the most popular wedding day of the year, choose any date other than the Saturday of Canada Day weekend. Try to avoid any other major holidays too. They’ll affect logistical things like venue costs, travel, and guest availability.
7. Reserve your venues.
According to wedding cost statistics, hosting both the ceremony and the reception at the same location will save you an average of $12,500. Make sure to consider factors such as location, accessibility, and parking for your guests. Make sure to sign a contract!
8. Book your photographer and videographer
Good photography and videography help you relive your special day over and over again! If your budget does not permit a professional photographer or videographer, ask talented friends or family members to step in and help. They know you better than anyone else and will be able to capture candid moments.
9. Book an officiant
Aside from any religious requirements you have for your ceremony, having a family member or friend get ordained to perform a wedding legally is actually quite simple. Your other options are civil celebrants or justices of the peace. Start your research early to make sure you have an officiant that matches your goals.
10. Consider wedding insurance
Great wedding insurance should cover each of the following categories:
All expenses that result from cancelled (or postponed) weddings
By focusing on these top 10 priorities, you're not only crafting a beautiful event, but you're also setting the stage for one of the most memorable days of your life. It's easy to get lost in the details, but remember that your priorities are the compass that will keep you on course.