The average cost of a wedding is £15,000, but some weddings can cost millions of dollars, with the Guinness World Record going to a wedding that racked up to about £40 million price tag. Besides bragging rights, there are other reasons a couple splurges on their wedding day. It could be because they want to invite as many friends and family as possible, or they’ve been saving up for their wedding for years, or they’re both highly successful in their careers and want to reward themselves. Regardless of the reason, it’s everyone’s right to do whatever they want with their hard-earned money.
For those out there who want to celebrate like royalty on their big day, we’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts to ensure people will have nothing but good things to say about your wedding.
Do: Go all out
If you and your partner can afford it and have come to a mutual decision that you want a big wedding, there’s no shame in going all out. Find wedding suppliers that can cater to all your needs. Most luxury weddings would have a live band playing and mountains of food and drink to last everyone throughout the night. You may even want fireworks to cap off the special night. Make a list of everything you’ll need and ensure you secure everything months in advance, only to follow up as the wedding approaches.
Don’t: Be tacky
There’s a fine line between luxurious and tacky. Trying to include too much into your wedding can make it look messy and incoherent. Instead, pick a theme to guide you on what you should have in the program. For example, if you and your spouse are fans of the roaring twenties, you can incorporate that vibe into the décor and the music. You can also hire burlesque dancers to go with the theme.
Do: Invite as many guests as you can
There’s no point in splurging for your wedding if there are only a handful of people in the crowd to enjoy it. However, many luxury weddings have upwards of 250 guests, so send out those invites. If you can afford it, you can even offer to fly in friends and family from other countries.
Don’t: Underestimate your guests
If you sent out 500 invitations, don’t book a venue for 400 thinking that 20% will decline. There’s still the chance that all 500 will come and might even bring a plus one. It’s best to overestimate your guests to avoid embarrassment. It won’t do to have the food run out in the middle of the evening or for guests to arrive only to have no seats.
Planning a grand luxury wedding can be daunting, but your wedding will go smoothly with ample preparations. It’s ideal to hire a wedding planner because the bride and groom can’t be expected to monitor the employees and ensure all the guests are cared for while they’re busy getting married. Above all, keep calm. There’s no use stressing throughout what’s meant to be the happiest day of your life.