WE ANSWER YOUR MOST GOOGLED WEDDING QUESTIONS
In the digital age, Google has become the go-to advisor for couples navigating the complex journey of wedding planning. From the perfect dress to the most enchanting venues, the array of decisions to be made can seem endless. But what are the most pressing questions that couples are typing into that search bar? We’ve sifted through data to bring you the top wedding questions that are guiding, inspiring, and sometimes even perplexing soon-to-be-weds across the globe. Whether you’re in the midst of planning your big day or just love keeping up with wedding trends, join us as we explore these hot questions, offering insights and answers that might just be the key to unlocking your dream wedding.
#1 How to plan a wedding
You’ve come to the right place! In fact, we’ve written a number of articles on this, such as “10 Essential Steps After Getting Engaged”, “A Guide to Planning Your Cultural Wedding”, “Plan a Surprise Wedding!”, and “Brisbane Wedding & Reception Planning Guide”.
Big picture? To plan a wedding, start by setting a rough budget and creating a guest list, as these will guide most of your decisions. Next, choose a date and venue that align with your vision for the day, and book key vendors such as caterers, photographers, and entertainers well in advance. Finally, personalise the details, from invitations to decor, to reflect your unique relationship. Stay organised with a timeline or checklist to ensure everything comes together smoothly, and you’ll be laughing.
#2 How much does a wedding cost?
How long is a piece of string? The cost of a wedding in Australia varies widely depending on factors such as location, guest count, and the level of luxury, but on average, couples can expect to spend around AUD 36,000 to AUD 65,000. Major expenses typically include the venue, catering, photography, and attire, which can significantly influence the overall budget. It’s important for couples to prioritise their spending based on what is most important to them and to consider creative cost-saving measures to stay within budget.
#3 How to write wedding vows
To write wedding vows, start by reflecting on your relationship, noting significant moments, shared values, and promises you want to make to your partner. Keep the tone true to your relationship, whether it’s romantic, humorous, or a mix of both, ensuring your vows are heartfelt and personal. Practice reading them aloud to ensure they flow well and convey your deepest feelings and commitments, keeping in mind to keep them concise and genuine.
#4 How to address wedding invitations
So glad you asked! We wrote all about Wedding Invitation Wording in this article.
The traditional approach is as follows: when addressing wedding invitations, use formal titles (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., etc.) and spell out names and addresses in full, including “Street,” “Avenue,” and “Boulevard.” For married couples, list both names on the same line, e.g., “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith”; for unmarried couples living together, list each name on a separate line. For families, address the envelope to the parents, e.g., “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith,” and include “and Family” if children are invited.
#5 What episode is the red wedding?
Wow. Ok, we weren’t expecting that to rank in the top 5! The Red Wedding occurs in “The Rains of Castamere,” which is the ninth episode of the third season of “Game of Thrones.” You’re welcome.
#6 Who pays for the wedding?
In modern Australia, the traditional practice of the bride’s family paying for the wedding has evolved, and it’s now common for costs to be split more evenly between both the bride’s and groom’s families, or for the couple themselves to contribute significantly or cover the entire expense. Many Australian couples today opt for a more collaborative approach to wedding financing, involving open discussions with their families to determine who is willing and able to contribute, and to what extent. This shift reflects a broader trend towards egalitarian relationships and financial independence among couples, making wedding planning a joint effort that respects everyone’s financial situations.
#7 How do you tell people their children aren’t invited?
To tactfully inform guests that children are not invited to your wedding, clearly address the invitations to the adults only, and consider adding a polite note or insert that states the event is an adults-only affair. You can also spread the word through close family members or friends, ensuring the message is conveyed in a respectful and understanding manner. Additionally, updating your wedding website with this information can help reinforce the message in a non-confrontational way.
If you’re after a child-friendly wedding venue, Factory51 can accommodate! We offer kids meals, can set up kid-friendly corners, and have a closed-in alfresco space. Our polished concrete floors can take spills, and there are no stairs to navigate with a pram. Book a tour today.
#8 When to send wedding invitations
Wedding invitations should typically be sent out 8-12 weeks before the wedding date, allowing guests ample time to make arrangements and RSVP. For international or out-of-town guests, consider sending invitations at least 3 months in advance to accommodate travel and accommodation planning. Additionally, sending ‘save the date’ cards 6 to 8 months prior can provide an early heads-up, especially helpful for those needing to book flights or extended time off work.
#9 What is a shotgun wedding?
A shotgun wedding is one that happens relatively quickly as the couple are expecting a baby. There are many reasons for their decision, which may include traditional values of married parenthood, wanting to be married before the bride starts showing, or solidifying their commitment to eachother before the child’s birth.
#10 Do I have to invite plus ones to my wedding?
You are not obligated to invite plus ones to your wedding; however, it is customary to offer the option to guests who are married, engaged, or in a long-term relationship. For single guests, the decision can be based on factors like your budget, venue capacity, and the nature of your relationship with the guest. Clearly communicate your plus-one policy on your invitations or wedding website to set expectations and avoid any misunderstandings.
#11 Which hand does the wedding ring go on?
The left (fourth finger to be exact). When it comes to the wedding ceremony, many brides choose to wear their engagement ring on their fourth finger of their right hand, to walk down the aisle. They then receive their wedding band, which is placed on their left hand. Afterwards, they move their engagement ring from right to left hand, completing their wedding ring set.
Fun fact: This tradition is rooted in the ancient belief that a vein from this finger, known as the “Vena Amoris,” or “vein of love,” runs directly to the heart.
#12 Who should I ask to make a wedding speech?
Typically, the best man, the maid/matron of honor, and the parents of the bride and groom are traditional choices for making speeches at a wedding. You may also consider asking close relatives or friends who have played a significant role in your life or relationship to speak. Ultimately, choose individuals who are comfortable speaking in public and who can convey heartfelt and meaningful sentiments about your union.
Still have wedding questions?
We’ve answered the 12 most common wedding questions that couples google. If you still have a query, let us know! Our Events Manager is a wealth of knowledge, and is happy to meet with you to discuss any lingering questions you may have.