The Perfect Wedding Plan
SPONSORED BY: Stonebridge Weddings & Events
Did you know that weddings generate over 54 billion dollars per year in the United States? The good news is that spending for weddings in 2018 was down 4% from $25,764 in 2017 to $24,723 in 2018 according to the newest Wedding Report.
Before you start circling dates or scrambling to find a location and beat the crowd, the first thing to know is your budget. There's no point in researching locations and possible dates if you aren't sure you can afford the place to begin with. Get stuck with a place that's out of your budget, and things can easily go downhill from there.
We suggest coming up with a total budget and then allocating 50 percent of it to location. That includes food, alcohol (if you're going to have any) and the place itself. You may want to have the wedding and reception at the same location for the convenience and it can be very cost-effective too.
Courting a Date
If you have your heart set on a date, having a budget will help you look for a practical location. Other important factors when choosing a date are your personal schedule and any high-traffic events that might be occurring at that time. Winter tourists can make booking difficult, and if you are planning on a lot of out-of-town guests, make sure you will be able to reserve a block of hotel rooms.
Also consider avoiding major holidays. Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and the Fourth of July are particularly bad, as the price of flowers skyrockets and event planners are swamped with work.
Saturdays are the most popular days for a wedding. Opting for Friday or Sunday means >> >> you not only will have a better chance of snagging the location you want, but you also it is possible they offer discounts for a non-prime day; it’s just depends on the venue.
The Waiting Game
If the date is less important and you're set on that perfect wedding site, just remember it's OK to take your time. The average engagement lasts for 17 months, according to The Wedding Report, and having more than a year of pre-nup time is especially important if you've decided on a religious location. Getting married in a house of worship sometimes takes precedence because churches are hard to get into and book in advance.
Not only that, but churches, synagogues and mosques can be tricky places for weddings for other reasons. Often religious locations are denomination-specific, and even if it's the exact look and feel you want for your wedding, you may not be able to get married there. Sometimes you also have to be a parishioner or member of the location, and that takes time. Couples should start attending services at the church of their choice in order to have their wedding there.
If you want a secular location, the options are limitless. Make sure the location fits the style and scale of your wedding. If you're thinking casual, maybe the reception shouldn't be under crystal chandeliers. If you're inviting a large number of guests, don't cram them into a tiny room, and if you're planning a small party, don't let it get lost in a large space.
Visit locations at the time of day your wedding is planned to get a better feel for what it will look like, and keep your personal style in mind as well. After all, it's your wedding, and the location is the foundation of it all. Without just the right place to say, "I do," all you would have is flowers and a cake.
Stonebridge at The Lange Farm is nestled in just over 80 acres of picturesque Florida acreage. Located in Dade City, we're just a short drive from Tampa and Orlando. Come explore our fabulous southern venue- the charm will delight you and the possibilities will excite you. Visit us at www.stonebridgeeventsfl.com