Now you’re engaged – Time to plan your wedding.
Why a wedding FAQ? – A few days ago you got engaged. Now the reality has dawned on you and you have one big question – “How do I plan a wedding?”
First don’t panic, Lots of people have been here before so there is lots of help out there.
I am going to walk you through some of the most commonly asked questions in this wedding FAQ post and I hope to provide you with some useful answers.
Planning a Wedding FAQs
Below are some of the commonly asked questions and answers but I have also put together a wedding checklist here>>
You will also find a downloadable PDF version
You will be surprised just how quickly the time disappears.
Start a folder, collects supplier contacts, colour samples you like and any ideas and thoughts you have.
Take a look at our wedding checklist here>> to get an idea of the tasks and timelines.
The biggest chunk of your wedding budget is normally the wedding venue so start there.
Next look at your headcount, on average every guest adds £100 to your overall expenses.
Take a look at our ‘Cutting the cost of your wedding article” here>>.
The average wedding has around 100 guests, Anything less than 50 guests is generally considered a small wedding.
In the past I have photographed a wedding with only 6 people and once a wedding of more than 1,000 wedding guests.
Why you are getting married. It’s easy for couples to get lost in planning their wedding.
Make a plan, have a timeline and make sure you make time to just be a couple and have fun together.
Most UK weddings happen in August with around 20% of all weddings happening in that month.
50% of all UK weddings take place in July, August and September.
January is traditionally the quietest wedding month with only about 2% of UK weddings.
Start by thinking about the type of wedding you want and what season suits it.
Then you need to consider the venue, some venues are booked up for a few years so the sooner you start the better.
The best month depends on you.
If you want a Christmas themed wedding you should probably think about December
Late summer will be the busiest and probably the most expensive but you stand a better chance of a sunny day.
Generally early afternoon, around 70% of UK wedding ceremonies take place between 12:00 and 15:00.
Traditionally, bridesmaids were chosen from unwed young women of marriageable age.
The principal bridesmaid, if one is so designated, may be called the chief bridesmaid or maid of honour if she is unmarried, or the matron of honour if she is married.
If there was one way to make your wedding unique it would stop being unique.
Focus on making it personal, make your wedding day represent you both as a couple.
That way it will end up being unique and more importantly honest and enjoyable.
Start early, plan and create a timeline. Set yourself realistic targets and take each task a step at a time.
Co-op friends and family especially the bridal party. Share the tasks.
Bride and family pay for bride’s dress, veil, accessories and trousseau (read: lingerie and honeymoon clothes). Groom and family pay for groom’s outfit.
All attendants pay for their own clothing, including shoes.
What Does a Wedding Cost FAQs?
In 2019 the average UK wedding cost around £28,000.
But remember every wedding is different and it is possible to have a wedding for either a tenth of that or ten times that figure.
Take a look at our survey of the average UK wedding Costs here>>
With all things taken into account, each wedding guest will cost you around £100.
In many cases, the days of the father of the bride picking up the tab on the wedding are gone.
Both parents generally help out but the trend is that couples are paying a larger percentage as time goes on.
Some modern options for paying for a wedding include: The bride and groom pay for the entire wedding.
Expenses are divided evenly between the couple, the bride’s family, and the groom’s family.
Each family covers the cost for the number of guests it invites.
Who is responsible for the purchase of the groom’s wedding ring — the bride or groom? Generally, the couple will shop together for both wedding bands.
You’ll probably pay for them together, or each buys the other’s band as a gift. Or, you can each pay for your own.
While Bride’s Magazine, Emily Post, the Wedding Channel and other resources do not mention the groom’s family paying for reception alcohol.
Wedding maven Martha Stewart does. “The old tradition is that the groom’s parents should pay for the alcohol,” she writes on her wedding website.
In almost all cases the wedding venue is the most expensive part of your wedding day.
Take a look at our “average UK wedding cost” here>>
The average UK wedding dress will cost you around £1,500.
See our “finding your perfect wedding dress” here>>
The cheapest month for your a wedding is January. You can often also get good deals March, April and November.
August is generally the most expensive.
While wedding cake prices do vary depending on the size and style of your cake, the average UK wedding cake will cost you around £500.
Buying cupcake wedding cakes is typically much cheaper than buying a multiple tier wedding cake. Cupcakes are also very versatile in that you can offer multiple flavors, colors and even designs.
In the UK the average wedding photography package was £2,800 in 2019.
If you are looking for a custom wedding photography package simply use this form.
Couples tend to book DJs for weddings as an alternative to a band.
A wedding band can cost anywhere between £800-£2000.
DJs typically charge between £200-£500. So, if you’re looking to save on expenses, a wedding DJ hire could be a great option for you.
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