Cost of wed­dings con­tinue to in­crease; ex­penses more than ever for guests

The Standard Journal - - Lifestyle -

The cost that wed­dings con­tinue to in­crease is no sur­prise to the bridal cou­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to plan­ners, ex­penses are more than ever for guests with an aver­age jump of 75 per­cent dur­ing the past sev­eral years.

Wed­ding guests now spend an aver­age $592 per wed­ding on cloth­ing, gifts, trans­porta­tion, ho­tels, etc., up from $339 in 2012, ac­cord­ing to a just-pub­lished Amer­i­can Ex­press sur­vey.

In­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als note that if a bridal cou­ple want people to at­tend their spe­cial day, then make sure it is great for your guests.

If you have to choose be­tween pay­ing for more food ver­sus pay­ing for bet­ter food, go for quan­tity. No­body will mind if the food’s not stel­lar, but they will if you run out!

Taste and pre­sen­ta­tion are im­por­tant, but hav­ing enough food and drink and hav­ing it avail­able through­out the event is more im­por­tant.

When people take the time and ex­pense to at­tend your wed­ding, de­tails that show how much you ap­pre­ci­ate them will go over very well.

Have on hand what­ever is nec­es­sary to make people com­fort­able while they wait.

Some de­lays are un­avoid­able: Pho­tos taken af­ter the wed­ding, for in­stance, can de­lay the re­cep­tion.

Have en­ter­tain­ment that al­most ev­ery­one can en­joy.

Usu­ally, the choice is be­tween a live band or a DJ. Since DJs can usu­ally pro­vide more mu­si­cal va­ri­ety than a band, they stand a bet­ter chance of giv­ing all of your guests a good time.

Be sure to choose songs from a va­ri­ety of gen­res and styles. If there are some wed­ding stan­dards you dis­like, cre­ate a “do not play” list for the DJ.

Agnes Hagin/SJ

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