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