Your biggest day is around the corner, and you feel overwhelmed by the long list of items you need to get for your wedding. Relax, it is not as difficult as it seems.
Truly, shopping for wedding items is not a walk in the park, however, it can be as easy as pie when you plan properly. The easiest way to plan your wedding shopping is to create a list of essential items and set a budget.
Not sure of what to put on the list? Check out these items:
1. Wedding Bands
During the exchange of vows, couples also exchange wedding bands as a symbol of love and commitment to each other. Hence, wedding rings are very important items that must make it to the top of your wedding items list.
On the side, here are some helpful tips when shopping for your wedding bands:
Set a budget
Wedding bands come in a variety of prices. Therefore, it is important to set a wedding budget according to your financial ability, to avoid running into debt. It’s ridiculous to use the first months of your marriage to settle unnecessary debts that you could avoid. So, set a budget before you start shopping for your wedding bands.
Start shopping on time
Even though there is no strict rule about when to buy your wedding bands, it is advisable to include them in your wedding priority list and buy them, at least, three or four months before your big day.
Buying your wedding bands early affords you the chance to thoroughly search for a reputable wedding band company; it also makes allowances for customization and resizing if need be.
There’s usually a variation in the prices of the same type of wedding bands from one jewelry store to another. So, if you want to get the best price, browse through various wedding band stores to compare the prices; you may even find a store that offers amazing discounts on their products.
If you are confused about anything while shopping for your wedding bands, don’t hesitate to ask the jeweler; this will help you ward off doubts.
Buy a wedding band that complements your engagement ring
If you have an engagement ring, you may need to pick a wedding band that complements it. You can select a wedding band made of the same metal or the same design as your engagement ring.
2. Dresses and Accessories
These are essential items that couples and the bridal trains wear on the big day. However, unless you can afford to buy everyone’s dresses, you are not obliged to buy the dresses of your bridal train traditionally.
So, it’s fine to only include your and your partner’s dresses in your wedding list and just assist in choosing the perfect color and style of dress for the bridesmaids and the groomsmen.
The types of dresses to add to your list depend on the type of wedding you want to have. For instance, for a traditional wedding, the ideal wedding dress is traditional attire for the couple. Here are various types of wedding dresses and other clothing accessories that couples need for their wedding:
It’s typical for the bride to wear a wedding gown on the big day. Wedding gowns come in various styles and sizes. The best wedding gown is one that the bride looks beautiful and feels comfortable in. Here are different types of wedding gowns that you can pick from:
- Ball Gown: This is the most common type of wedding gown.
- A-Line Gown: It is seen as an alternative to a ball gown. It looks simpler than a ball gown.
- Empire Dress: This is the ideal gown for brides that want to make their curves noticeable.
- Mermaid Dress: Just like the empire dress, this wedding gown is also ideal for brides that want to show off their curves.
- Tulle: If you desire to look like a fairytale on your wedding day, this style of wedding gown is your best bet.
- Short: This is a beautiful style of wedding dress that falls above the knee. If you want to look simple on your wedding day, this is the ideal gown for you.
Aside from the wedding gown, here are other accessories that a bride wears on her wedding day:
- Veil: To cover the bride’s hair and face.
- Jewelry: Jewelry helps the bride to look stylish and also reflects her look.
- Wedding Robe: This is a dress that the bride wears while getting ready for her big day.
- Makeup and Hair
The various types of wedding dresses for the groom are:
- Suit: This is the most common choice of wedding dress for the groom.
- Tuxedo: This is considered to be more formal than a suit.
- Chaudry: This is a traditional outfit for a Pakistani groom.
- Hanbok: This is a Korean style of wedding outfit for the groom.
- Qipao: Made of satin or silk, it’s the traditional wedding dress for Chinese men.
Other accessories that a groom wears on the wedding day are:
- Bow Tie
- Wrist Watch and Jewelry
3. Wedding Cake
The wedding cake is the most common dessert served at weddings. Apart from serving as a kind of dish, the act of cutting cake is seen as a way of sharing love between a couple at a wedding. When a wedding cake is cut, the couple feeds each other with it first before the guests are served. Therefore, it is an essential item you must include in your life and buy before your wedding day.
4. Wedding Flowers
Flowers are also an important item used on the wedding day. They serve important functions which include:
- Bride and Bridesmaid’s Bouquet
- Groom’s Boutonniere
- To decorate the reception tables.
- Aisle runner
- To decorate the ceremony arch.
- To decorate the reception entrance and sometimes the ceremony backdrop.
5. Gifts for Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
It’s ideal to get beautiful gifts for your groomsmen and bridesmaids as a token of appreciation for their service and commitment to the success of your wedding event. Hence, you should add this to the list of essential items that you need to buy for your wedding.
6. Foods and Gifts for Guests
Couples must make a provision for food and drinks for their wedding guests. Preparations must be made before the wedding day to avoid disappointments.
You can also decide to buy gifts for them, but it depends on you and your partner. It is a way of saying thank you to your guests and also a way of making them remember your wedding.
If you would give your wedding guests gifts, give them items that they’ll find useful after the ceremony.
7. Wedding Transportation
This part includes the means to convey couples, guests, parents, and well-wishers to and from the wedding venue. Even though you don’t have to be financially responsible for everyone’s movement, you will need to make a provision for yourself, your spouse, bridal trains, and some other attendees.
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How much does a wedding cost?
The cost of a wedding varies depending on the type, venue, and size of the wedding. However, the average cost of a wedding event in 2022 was $30,000.
Must couples be the only ones who shoulder their wedding expenses?
No, Couples must not be the only ones who shoulder their wedding expenses. Oftentimes, their parents, family members, and friends also help to shoulder some financial responsibilities.
On a Final Note
Don’t let the long list of your wedding items make you feel overwhelmed. Aside from the important items listed above, you can have a dialogue with your partner to decide other important items that you must purchase, and cancel the unnecessary ones. However, start your preparation early and set a budget that fits your financial capacity, and stick to it.