Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Planning

A wedding is no ordinary event, so when it comes to planning your big day, you may have a ton of questions on your mind but find the answers difficult to come by. At Joan Day Weddings, we want to ease your troubles and clear your doubts, so we’ve decided to arm you with the most accurate information available to help you plan a beautiful wedding that meets your desires and budget. To do this, we’ve answered four of the most frequently asked questions about wedding planning.

  • 1. What is the average cost of a U.S. wedding?
  • 2. What is the greatest benefit of using the services of an event or wedding planner?
  • 3. How much can I expect to pay for the services of a wedding planner?
  • 4. How important are traditions and wedding etiquette?

The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. depends on different variables, i.e., where the wedding is being held, the number of guests, and the time of day. Event details contribute significantly to the expenses incurred. For example, a southern California wedding demands a higher budget than a southeast, southern wedding in a rural town.

According to The Knot’s 2019 Real Weddings Study, the average amount spent on a wedding is $33,900 (including the engagement ring, wedding ceremony, and reception). The report also acknowledged that one million dollar wedding could curve averages, so it’s essential to research based on locale.

Other factors that impact wedding costs are the number of people being hosted and the type of wedding meal being provided. Offering an alcoholic bar will definitely increase your budget. Providing brunch or dessert only menus, hosting a sit-down dinner, and choosing a peak formal time of day, can also change the cost of a wedding. Your wedding planner can educate you about these details, they will guide you and offer you a gist of what you can afford within your budget and come up with creative alternative solutions if required.

A wedding planner’s expertise and established relationships with professional vendors are the most significant benefits you can receive. This is crucial, particularly when hosting a destination wedding. The planner already knows the lay of the land, pricing structure, services offered, and whether the vendors you require are reliable. They have knowledge that would otherwise need a great deal of research on your part, thus saving you time and money.

Moreover, their relationships with existing vendors will grant you better deals, stewardship over your wedding funds, as well as strong, reliable referrals on the vendors’ quality of service and ability to deliver said promises. On a more personal note, there is a great deal of peace of mind and assurances that your wedding day will be managed well, your requests will be handled with care, and the smallest of details will be covered. A wedding planner offers an experienced, steady hand, and an independent opinion, outside of family members, which allows for more streamlined and less emotional decision making. They can also help you prevent financial missteps, explain your vendor agreements and contracts, and bring an event together from a design perspective.

This depends on the experience and expertise of the wedding planner you choose and their business location. Much like wedding budgets, the allowances for a wedding planner vary. Due to locale and clientele desires, wedding planner services can cost as low as $2,700 and go up to $10,000, or higher. Many planners have a flat rate and base their fee on a basic set of hours and tasks which they expect to expend on your event. If you have a lot of custom requests, they will be considered as add ons, and you will be billed appropriately. Some planners charge a percentage of your actual wedding budget. In this case, ten percent is a common figure for this type of business fee.

The answer to this question will ultimately depend on you and your family. Social influencers, like the father of the bride or groom, can play a significant role in whether traditions are followed. If your father is a community leader, church clergy, politically appointed or elected official or another high-profile individual, it can influence the importance of traditions and wedding etiquette on your big day. Your requirement to follow these details can help narrow down your guest lists and make smart selections in wedding papery ensembles, escort cards, and the formalities at your wedding ceremony. Most traditions are followed due to family practices, and honoring those traditions mean a great deal to the elders in the family. It’s not necessary to be an “Emily Post” about your decisions, but some etiquettes are concentrated more on your guests’ comfort and enjoyment. So, irrespective of what you choose to follow, you want your wedding guests to enjoy their experience and time celebrating with you.