Have you popped the question(s) yet? No... not the question on one knee. The Big q's after the BIG Q... soon after the "She said YES!" moment.
Asking these questions early is key to an easier planning period and will help you "live happily ever" after the wedding!
1. When's the BIG Day?
You know this is the question that everyone is going to ask you. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE is going to want to know when you are planning to get married. It's okay if you don't have the exact date but you should have at least the month and year settled.
2. How much is it gonna cost?
Weddings can range from a few thousand dollars to a hundreds of thousands of dollars. Know your budget and what you can afford. Everyone loves a fairy tale wedding with doves being released and
white horse carriage rides. One simple way to keep everything within the budget is to set a limit as to how much you want to spend on each piece (flowers, DJ, gown) and add 30% as high limit. Prices can go vary based on the time of the year and the availability of each item.
3. Who's gonna pay for it?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for this important question. Some couples take a loan from the bank to cover all expenses. Some rely on parents to split the cost. Some decide what the groom is going to pay for and what the bride is going to pay for. Regardless of what method you choose, you should have a common, shared place where you manage the budget and ensure that everything stays within the expected costs.
4. How many guests should we invite?
This is another question that varies from couple to couple, from culture to culture and region to region. If you are from my community you know that a typical Indian Christian wedding has about 500 guests. Believe it or not, the largest one that I've helped manage is a whopping 1100 guests! My wedding had about 700 guests.
An average American wedding has about 70-100 guests. When you decide on the number of guests, know that this is a crucial piece of your budget because the wedding venues charge by plate. So if you have 100 guests, you are already looking at $8500 - $9500 just for dinner.
5. Who's gonna help with the planning and execution of the wedding?
Most couples don't have the time it takes to properly plan and execute a mid-size to large-size wedding. It requires a lot of coordination, negotiations and planning with vendors and service providers. Depending on how elaborate you want the wedding day to be, you'll need at least 8-12 months of planning.
Once you have these basic questions figured out, you can set your goals and start your journey to BIG day.
Bon Jour !
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