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The two-months salary convention is a common starting point, but in reality, the ring’s cost should be what the couple can afford without going into major debt. Cost varies for a lot of reasons and the average cost of an engagement ring is between $3,500 and $4,000.
Tradition states that the bride’s parents are responsible for fronting the bill for the wedding reception; these days, the bride’s parents, groom’s parents, and the couple themselves all contribute to the wedding pool. These traditional “rules” can then be adjusted.
After you’ve announced the exciting news and taken some time to bask in your newly engaged glow, it’s time to get cracking. Here are the first three wedding planning tasks you absolutely must accomplish before anything else. Cross these items off your wedding checklist.
Traditionally, a bridal shower is an opportunity for your close female friends and relatives to “shower” you with items you’ll need to make a new home and enter into marriage. Bridal showers the only event explicitly centered on gift giving.
A rehearsal dinner sets the stage for the entire wedding weekend and is often the first opportunity for family members and to meet and greet. Like a calm before the storm, it’s usually relaxed and intimate, allowing the bride and groom to unwind.
When it comes to planning the timeline of your reception, you may not be sure how to organize your timeline. “This is my first wedding and I have no idea what to do.” We hear this time and time again. Our wedding timeline guide can help.