4 Considerations If You’re Getting Married Next Fall

With wedding season upon us, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the biggest weddings going on around you. While it’s perfectly natural to fret about how your wedding is going to compare next fall, there are a few things you should bear in mind first. And if this is something that’s been stressing you out, then I’ve compiled a few helpful tips you should consider. Check them out below:

Establish Your Budget

If you’re going to be getting married, one of the first considerations you need to make is what your budget looks like and why. As no one likes to put themselves into debt over their wedding, this is a serious consideration you and your significant other need to make. According to Fortune, the average cost of a wedding is $35,329, which is quite the steep price tag; and as starting your life with someone else means you all will be sharing finances, it’s time you sit down with them to discuss a reasonable budget.

First and foremost, talk about any current financial obligations you have, including if you need to pay off credit cards or other outstanding debts. From there, go through what you’re looking for in a wedding, as well as the max amount you’re willing to spend on it. This will help decide what’s priority to include such as how important the venue, catering, or location is. Try to hash out as many as details as possible beforehand, giving yourself some breathing room for incidentals and ensure that everything is accounted for.

Focus On The Details

Once you’ve established your budget, it’s time to start diving into the nitty-gritty of things. Although commonly overlooked, being frugal on certain details from your wedding can be an important aspect, as well as making sure all of your bases are covered. However, as you defined above the hierarchy of what’s must-haves for you both to spend money on, this process can be much more simple than you might imagine.

In glancing through what you both want out of your wedding, first go through the essentials, as well as how you can save. For example, perhaps you’re looking more for affordability on your wedding and bridesmaid dresses. According to Brides, the average bridesmaid dress can cost between $150 to $200; however, by going with a bridesmaid dress that’s a little more affordable, you’ll be in a much better position to pick your dream dress. All-in-all, looking at things from this angle will be much more beneficial long-term and something you should consider as you move along.

Be Mindful Of How Big The Guest List Is

Although it sometimes can be an unfortunate thing to deal with, limiting your guest can be a necessary strategy to consider. According to XO Group, the average wedding has approximately 136 guests, which depending on the type of food, drink, and venue you’re providing can vary per the cost of each person. Which, if you’re looking to cut down on, then addressing it sooner rather than later is crucial.

In sitting down with your significant other, run through the absolute “must haves” at your wedding, including immediate family and friends. From there, set a hard cap (couples included) between you both, going through who each should bring to the wedding. For those that didn’t, reach out to them and possibly invite them to the reception or them to hang out at another arrangement, such as a happy hour. The goal here is to be able to enjoy this experience with as many people as possible, knowing that everyone feels a part of your new life with your significant other.

Don’t Forget About The Honeymoon

Finally, as an aspect some people consider even more essential than the wedding itself, your honeymoon is going to be a vital aspect. No matter if you included it in your budget or not, this is well-worth the financial commitment, as it’s the celebration of new love between you and your special person. However, as noted by Creditdonkey, with the average honeymoon costing between $4,000 to $5,000, this is one of the more expensive vacations you’ll take, but also that’s one well-worth it.

Similar to the process of planning your wedding, sit down with your significant other and start mapping out the places you want to have a honeymoon. Depending on your budget, it’s okay to wait a little bit after you get married to truly engulf yourself in a trip, giving some time to be flexible. Remember, this is the celebration of your new love together, so take the time in making it a perfect occasion you’ll remember for the rest of your lifetime.

What are some considerations you think are good to take care of before getting married? Comment with your answers below!

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