Wedding season is fast approaching with many couples having been engaged over the holidays, the upcoming year will be busy planning their dream weddings. This can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be.
I will be posting some helpful tips in the upcoming weeks to try and guide you through the process. Look out for our free Wedding Survival Guide which will have all of this information and more for you to have and refer to in the upcoming weeks.
Whether you are considering a destination wedding, a small intimate service, or a big traditional wedding the average timeline for planning the big day is 12-16 months. Wedding professionals suggest that the most important place to start with your plans are to:
Reserve your date and venues
Selecting a date and choosing a venue is the best place to start as this will help you determine what your budget will be. Some popular wedding and reception venues are reserved years in advance so this is something to consider when choosing your dream location. Dreaming of a beach wedding in Mexico in August? There are times of the year when it is less expensive to stay, however risking a beach wedding during hurricane season may not be the best option.
Establish your budget
According to an Ipsos poll conducted in 2017, Canadians said that a realistic price tag of a wedding is $8,937, however, the average Canadian spends approximately $31,000 when you consider everything from the engagement ring purchase, engagement parties, wedding and honeymoon. We will include more information on the budget expectations for all of the different professional services that the average person can expect for their wedding in upcoming posts.
Choose your wedding party
Determining who will be standing up with you to share your love and commitment can be a daunting task. While you can have as many bridesmaids and groomsmen as you like, the average is four on either side.
Start the guest list
Depending on the family, this can be the most difficult task depending on your budget. On average the guest list is approximately 120 friends and family members. The preliminary list can have an overabundance of guests, family, and co-workers, most venues do not require a finalized list up to three months prior to your wedding day.
Book your officiant
Whether you are planning a traditional church service, a small intimate garden wedding, or a ceremony performed by an Elvis impersonator, this is an important step.
A religious ceremony may require either partner to have certain religious ceremonies performed before the actual date; an example being a Roman Catholic wedding will require baptism, communion, confirmation, and marriage classes.
There may be by-laws in which may affect the type of ceremony you may have outdoors or what is required; ensure you have all that information and don't be afraid of asking questions.
What vision do you have for your flowers?
Who will play “Your Song”?
What food would you like to serve your guests?
Who will immortalize your love and commitment in photographs and video for you to cherish for the rest of your life?
This is the time to interview prospective professionals, ask for referrals, review portfolios and samples to ensure that you would be the right fit to bring your vision a reality.
Stay tuned for our upcoming posts to help guide you along in your planning process!