Maybe you got the gift of a ring during the Holiday Season, or perhaps you received a diamond in a box for Valentine’s Day. With so many recently engaged couples, March marks the time to plan. So after you have announced your engagement it is time to start thinking about the when and the where of your big day.
According to The Knot, the most popular months to get married are June and September. The website says that the average length of an engagement is 14 months.
Perhaps it is the estimated $30,000 price tag that takes couples more than a year to save up for their big day. It can get worse though. If you want to get married in the Big Apple be prepared to shell out more than $85,000, according to The Knot’s 2013 Wedding Statistics!
“Couples are more focused than ever on creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests – plus they’re doing so in a modern way, by planning from their smartphones, publicizing details on social media and more,” The Knot's co-founder Carley Roney said, as reported on Xogroupinc.com.
With that in mind, one of the first steps in planning, according to RealSimple.com, is establishing your budget. You can have everything from strolling musicians to a photo booth if you have the cash stashed away for the extras.
Yes, all of these items are just an app or touch away for your planning convenience. However if you are on a tight budget you can still have a beautiful day by prioritizing your dollars.
According to Dream Weddings on a Budget, you will spend half of your budget on the reception. This will include rental of the venue, food and beverages as well as location services. If you are having a church wedding, you will have to book that, too.
I would be remiss if I did not mention my own wedding expertise and experience here.
In my early writing career, I was a freelance writer for a wedding magazine. So, after looking around at venues on both coasts (I am from Philadelphia and live in Arizona) my husband and I decided to get married in our backyard.