Inevitably, the question will arise when developing your guest list – Do I really need to invite everyone from my office and/or from his office? Your guest list is probably the most important factor in determining your final budget and stretching it to accommodate every person can sometimes be very taxing. Please don’t feel guilty about not extending an invitation to everyone in your office. An easier way to sort through this difficult and sometimes daunting task is to determine if you would invite these people to your home for dinner on a Saturday evening. Your answer will determine if they go on the “A” list!
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This news just in from The Wedding Report.
The average amount spent on a wedding in 2010 increased 23% over 2009.
In 2009 couples spent, $19,581. In 2010, couples spent $24,066.
This is based on 5,977 survey samples collected from Brides, Grooms, and wedding professionals between Jan 1, 2010 and Dec 31, 2010.
Your budget is the starting point for planning your wedding – Are you ready to start?
What do you as a bride consider a reasonable price to pay for peace of mind on your wedding day? As a wedding planner, I know how many hours are spent in the background trying to make certain that your day is absolutely perfect from start to finish! Do you think a wedding planner is a luxury item or a necessity? Where does a wedding planner rank on your list of priorities? Is your wedding planner certified?
But what’s it really all about? It’s a celebration of a new LIFE together and should be a reflection of two people – not necessarily what is IN at the moment and has been shown on a TV show as the ultimate.
It’s no wonder Brides these days are totally overwhelmed. With new ideas online and photos of over the top weddings and platinum weddings taking over the wedding books and television programs, we seem to be in a world where we are losing perspective on what it is that is actually happening – getting married and committing your new life together to your soul mate.
While working with brides for over a decade, I have seen weddings from the cake and punch reception that lasted a bit over an hour as the norm escalate to cocktail hours, sit-down dinners, signature drinks, a sculpted ice luge through which martinis flow, video montages shown on 10 foot screens, complete with total lighting packages with Hollywood effect spotlights. Send-offs via helicopter, fireworks in the background, and a Rolls Royce are not uncommon wants and desires of 2010-2011 brides.
Although imagination is limitless, the bride’s budget can limit what is done with her dreams. It would be great to see a return to balance from over-styled, over-themed weddings that are geared to being published.
In retrospect, it seems that it’s time to focus on what Wedding = Marriage is really all about. Have you thought about it lately?
Do you want your ceremony outdoors with all the beautiful flowers in bloom and the trees and other foliage in the background? But what if it rains?
Rain isn’t the only thing to consider when planning an outdoor wedding. There are so many other elements to take into account –
Temperature – It might be too hot, too humid, too cool
Wind – We all know Chicago is not the only windy city as seen by this past week!
Sun – Is that outdoor ceremony right out in the sunshine? If so, you and your guests will have the sun beating down on you during the entire ceremony.
Soggy Turf – The sun may be shining today but has it rained for the past week? The chairs may not be able to be put on the ground due to possible sinking as guests take their seats. And don’t forget about those stiletto heels – no one wants to walk on tip toes to your ceremony!
Bugs – EEEK!
With that said, if you still want to plan your ceremony outdoors, please be sure to have Plan B in place. And more important – be sure you love Plan B as much as Plan A! We’re in Texas!
If you want to plan your own wedding you certainly can do so. With all the internet assistance and print advertising it should not be too difficult to do so.
Just a thought, however – if your car was really acting strange and all those wonderful dashboard lights were popping off and on, would you not seek the assistance of a professional? It would be the same circumstance if you were learing a new computer program or trying to set up a network, or going to trial for that nasty speeding ticket, or even getting a haircut! I would never even consider cutting my hair and expecting it to be the most beautiful cut I had ever had – I seek out those who do these things on a regular basis.
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life (without a chance to do it over again!), and to try to go it alone is asking for stress, stress, and more stress! Give it some thought and include a wedding planner in your budget. We can help you at any point down the line from the very beginning, step in after you’ve already done a few things, or even come in at the last minute to implement your plans so that you and your family can enjoy every minute!
Early congratulations to anyone getting engaged over TX/OU weekend – it’s going to be a beautiful weekend.