General Wedding FAQs
Q. When should I start planning?
A: It is never too early to start getting ideas, but the ideal time frame for planning a wedding is 12 to 14 months. Anything less can be done, but the planning needs to be done quickly! And booking vendors to ensure you get the ones that you want can never be done too early.
Q. Where should I start?
A: Typically, it’s best to begin by selecting the time of year you want to get married, and then finding a venue is usually the next step. The venue you love may dictate your guest count either because of spacial limitations or price. It may dictate your date on account of availability as well.
Q. When should I buy my dress?
A: A wedding dress can take as long as six months or longer to come in, so try to order it at least or nine to ten months out if possible to ensure you have plenty time for alterations.
Q. How much should my bridal party expect to spend on my wedding?
A: On average, it costs a bridesmaid over $500 to be in your wedding — the dress, the alterations, the bachelorette party, etc all costs money. For this reason, it is customary to give your bridesmaids and groomsmen a gift, usually at the rehearsal dinner.
Q. How long is the actual wedding day?
A: A lot of brides only think of their wedding as the four to six hours that guests are around. The truth of the matter is that the day typically starts around 9 a.m. or earlier with hair and makeup. Pictures can start as early as 12:30 p.m. and by the time your reception is over, it’s likely you will have pulled a 15 to 16 hour day. Remember to eat breakfast and don’t start drinking too early!