Post # 1
So I was just wondering what everyone’s top priority was when planning. Was it the dress of your dreams? The perfect venue? Awesome food? Unlimited top-shelf alcohol? A great photographer? A delicious cake? An amazing live band? Or something else entirely?
For me it’s a tough one, but I’m going to go with photographer, as the photographs and the rings are the only things that will last after the day; and if push came to shove, we’d get cheap rings in order to have a great photographer, as the rings can be replaced/upgraded later (we’re not sentimental) and the photographs can’t.
But the venue was also up there, as I think an awesome venue can help add to the photos, and food and drink were really important too: we want to provide as much free alcohol as is possible, and we wanted to give our guests as many choices as possuble when it came to the menu.
Oh, and for me, the shoes were more important than the dress! LOL.
Looking forward to your responses!
Post # 3
Our top priorities were anything that would make our guests more comfortable and have a lovely time. I voted “food” because we wanted to have a sit down meal, but we had a large guest list. Instead of compromising on hosting our guests well, we had an early wedding and served a full plated lunch instead of dinner. It fit our budget and our atmosphere 🙂
Post # 4
@barbie86: When I saw the title, my first thought was budget, but that’s not an option 🙂 So I guess I’ll go with photography because pictures are the only things that last!
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
My most important is also the photographer! You will have the photos forever to look back on. We did not put a budget on photography b/c I didn’t want to settle for someone just to stay in budget. After photography I would say Venue then Dress.
Post # 6
@ceebree: I didn’t include budget because I figured that would be a given, likewise the ceremony (at least, I hope so! lol).
And that was my reasoning when it came to photography 🙂
Post # 7
@barbie86: the most important thing for us was staying on budget. Other than that though, we splurged on the photography and the food/drinks so those things would make us happy and our guests happy.
Post # 8
Mine isn’t up there – my top priority was guests! My husband and I sat down when we first got engaed and both of our top priority was being able to celebrate our marriage surrounded by all our loved ones. So we ended up with a rather large guest list. The next biggest priority was our offiants (2 pastors that were long term firends). Then venue (we did it my dad’s backyard, and I loved the “homey” feel it provided). Then food and drink.
Post # 9
@barbie86: i couldn’t pick just one, because everything was equally important.
Venue- we wanted to make sure it was conveinent for not just us, but for our guests. Lets be honest here, no one likes to travel too far for a wedding
Food- we needed to make sure the food was awesome, although not everything was perfect on the day of the wedding. We heard through the grapevine that things didn’t turn out the way we planned. THe venue didn’t have enough beef, started giving out whatever was left, but again, nothing is ever perfect
Alcohol-def wanted an open bar
Music- def wanted to make sure our guests were thoroughly entertained adn that our DJ was awesome, and he was, my dance floor was packed all night.
Dress/Shoes/Veil–I am very self conscious, and I needed a dress that I felt amazing in and for once in my life I felt like I had no flaws. its a great feeling I wish I could have everyday
Pictures/Video- we wanted to make sure that our pictures and video were memorable. ANd they are, when I look at my album and video I am reliving the day all over again. its amazing
Flowers- i wanted something unique and romantic and I got just that. Took a few visits to different florists, but I was able to get what I wanted
Rings- I knew we would get what we wanted, so I wasn’t worried about this at all.
I also want to mention, everything was within our budget with the exception of my dress. I went over budget by $800 but I dont regret it and it was worth it
Post # 10
Also, out of interest: were your spending patterns in line with your priorities?
For us, the photography accounts for about 12% of our budget, the the venue hire fees just 6%, whereas food accounts for 22% and alcohol 23% (! Holy crap!). So while it might have been most important to us, it accounts for much less of our budget than catering does; which is kinda interesting, though also probably kinda obvious given how much food and drink costs lol
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
Probably a tie between budget, photographer, and dress, with venue following closely after. Though I don’t feel I “settled” on any of those, the dress was the one I shopped around the hardest for and was looking for perfection the most from.
Post # 12
I chose venue, but really our top priority was choosing a place and a date that worked for our families. After that, finding a venue that would be comfortable for everyone was our next top priority. Although, maybe the cake was important, my sister and mom are making my cake so we had to find a place that would allow us to bring it in. So that definitely narrowed the list of venues down! No cake, no go.
Post # 13
Venue was the biggest thing for us. We had trouble finding a nice place at a good price. I had always wanted a summer wedding but we just could not find a venue to accomodate our needs during that time of year.
But I am so happy with our choice now and once we had the venues picked, it was a lot easier to plan the rest!
Post # 14
I voted dress because having a princess ballgown was like NECESSITY.
Post # 15
The most important thing to DH and I was that we had a fun party for our families. That means we prioritised good food and drink, and comfort for our guests. We ended up having our ceremony and reception at a hotel so everyone would dance all night and be safe getting back to their rooms.
Post # 16
Venue and food are my top priorities. I want a beautiful setting and great food for my guests.