Wedding Planning FAQ’s
Q 1: When is the best time to have your wedding?
A 1: It all depends on preference. If you are wanting an outside wedding in warmer weather, then I would plan your wedding in the warmer months while also looking at weather patterns. I would look for months where there is a low chance of precipitation to make your odds of a clear wedding day higher. If you are wanting to have a Christmas wedding or do not have a preference, then you could plan your wedding in the cooler months. If you are going to be inside, then weather isn’t a huge factor, but keep in mind that a snowstorm on your wedding day may decrease your number of guests. Also, a lot of venues have a discounted rate if you decide to get married not during wedding season (usually spring/summer).
Q 2: When should I plan to go on my honeymoon?
A 2: Usually, couples go on their honeymoon a few days after their wedding. This gives them time to relax, open gifts, and pack before having to leave for their honeymoon. You can also postpone your honeymoon if the time isn’t right with work or other responsibilities. This gives you an “excuse” to take a vacation whenever you want with a purpose! Another reason to postpone your honeymoon would be because of your honeymoon destination’s weather. If you are wanting to go somewhere tropical, make are you are not going during hurricane season.
Q 3: Should I allow a plus one for all my guests?
A 3: No. If you are inviting a guest that has been in a relationship for a long time, then I would allow a plus one. If you are inviting a guest that is not currently in a relationship, then I would leave off that plus one. This makes it easier on you when it comes to preparing and planning for a certain number of guests. If someone really wants to bring a plus one, they should ask you before hand so you are aware.
Q 4: What do I do about people that do not RSVP?
A 4: I would have a separate table for those who did not RSVP if you are doing assigned seating. If you are doing a free for all seating, then I would just have a few extra tables incase some of those people decide to show up. All in all, it is not your fault if you do not have enough seating if they decided not to RSVP. To go along with RSVP, if there are some important people that have not seemed to RSVP, you can always check up on them to see if they are planning on attending (but I would not do that for all of your guests who haven’t RSVP’d).
Q 5: Do I pay for my bridal parties dresses, hair, makeup, etc?
A 5: You are not obligated to pay for any of that. Some brides might buy the dress or hair/makeup as a gift for the bridesmaids instead of doing gifts at the end for your bridal party (same goes for the groomsmen).
Q 6: Should I do a buffet or plated meal?
A 6: Usually, the caterers can do both buffet or plated meals upon request. If there are caterers that only allow one or the other, then you are going to have to go with what they say. From experience, I have had both buffet and plated meals at weddings. Plated seems to go a little faster because you are not having all your guests wait in line. For a buffet, your guests can get exactly what they want and have less wasted food.
Q 7: What should I do about alcohol at my wedding?
A 7: First, you would have to see your venue’s rules about having alcohol at your wedding. A lot of venues require a police officer to be present which does cost quite a bit of money per hour. The venue might provide the bar or you might have to rent one. When it comes to who pays for the alcohol, you can either have an open bar or cash bar. You can buy a certain amount of beer/wine and have that be complementary and have all liquor be cash bar. That seems to be a pretty popular choice made by couples lately. If you are having alcohol, make sure you have transportation for your guests.
Q 8: Is it rude to not allow kids at my wedding?
A 8: I personally do not see a problem with not allowing kids to a wedding. If you are wanting a more adult feel to your wedding and less chaos, then you can state in your invite that there are to be no kids (in a nice way, of course). If you have a lot of relatives and if you are close with the kids in your family, then I would allow children at your wedding because they are probably looking forward to seeing you.
Q 9: Who pays for the wedding?
A 9: Traditionally, the bride’s family would pay for the wedding and the groom’s family would pay for the rehearsal. Now, both bride and groom usually pay for their wedding with help from their families if needed.
Q 10: Is it rude to leave your wedding reception when guests are still there?
A 10: It is your day and you can do what you want. I would make sure you let your guests know you are leaving so they can send you off. Also, make sure there are people in charge to get all of your guests out at the time you and your venue agreed on so you do not have to pay any additional costs for going over your time.