Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing the results of WeddingWire’s 2015 Newlywed Report. This week, we’re sharing what we learned about the couples who got married in 2015, from the average age to where they’re getting married. Here’s an interesting tidbit—the average engagement length is 13 months, and 70 percent of couples are engaged for over 10 months. However, that means that 30 percent of couples are engaged for nine months or fewer. We know there are benefits to both long engagements and short engagements—but only you can decide which is right for you! Check out the infographic below for more details and don’t forget to check out our 2015 Newlywed Report to learn more.
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One of the first (of a million) questions you’ll be asked after you get engaged is: “Have you set a date?” The “when” question is a big one, so we asked 6,000 couples to share when they got engaged and married. Turns out May through October is the most popular time of year to get married (no huge shock there), but June wins the prize for the most popular month to wed—with 16% of 2015 weddings occurring in June. And the most popular month to get engaged? Turns out the holiday season is also prime engagement season—December takes the cake, with 16% of 2015 engagements happening in December. Check out our infographic below and our 2015 Newlywed Report to learn more.
I will admit that I had been planning our wedding (in my head) LONG before a proposal was in the works. A girl can dream, right? When it came down to thinking about where we would have the wedding there was no clear location. I am from South Carolina and SD is from Florida, but his family now lives in Georgia, and we now live in Mississippi. There was no central location for us. I never had the dream of getting married in my hometown or in a church. I knew I wanted something a bit different. So, on a vacation to Florida with his family, the subject of weddings came up, and I casually mentioned that I loved his Aunt and Uncle’s home. I thought it would be a perfect place for a small wedding. Little did I know, his Aunt would say yes right then and as soon as the ring was on the finger, the real planning began. We will be having a small family wedding in Alabama. A location central to no one in our family, so everyone will be traveling. However, I think this will be such a special place to say, “I DO” because every time we visit them, we can think back on our special day with our family and friends and just enjoy all of those memories. The home features a beautiful lake, and we will be having the ceremony on the dock! I cannot wait to share pictures of the day so you can see just how beautiful it is there!
When it comes down to picking your venue my advice would be to make sure it fits your personality and your budget. Also, make sure you feel special about the place and that you will not regret having your ceremony there one day. How did you go about picking your wedding venue?
Girl meets guy. Girl falls in love. Girl gets engaged. What’s next? Well, for me it was setting up an engagement session. You may be wondering why that was first for me. I had been wanting Strawberry Dude and I to have professional photographs taken for a while, but there is no better excuse than an engagement shoot! So, I asked around the small town I live in and looked online for the perfect photographer that had the perfect balance of the style we were looking for and to fit into my budget. I found a lady, who was just starting up her business and had taken mostly pictures of families and babies. However, she had one gallery of a couple that I just fell in love with, and I decided to contact her. We hit it off. She was so attentive to my wants and needs and was so accommodating to me for the month before the shoot. On the day of our shoot, it was cloudy and windy and cold! I had not planned for this, and our clothes really didn’t go well with chilly weather. As it was too late to change anything, I decided to just go with the outfits I had decided on and freeze! When we met up with the photographer the very first thing out of her mouth was hello of course and then she said,”If I do not get the shots I want today because of the weather then we will schedule another time.” She made me feel so at ease that I knew the pressure was off and we could really enjoy this experience.
The first location of our shoot was where SD proposed. At a farm on the campus of Mississippi State University. We got some great shots there, but it was really windy and cold, and we were both uncomfortable. But as you can see the images turned out really great!
Next, we moved on to the next location, which the photographer picked out. We drove about ten miles out of town with four of those miles down a dirt road might I add to the place. It was an old cabin sitting on a small lake. She informed us that this cabin and property survived the Civil War so we thought that was a really cool addition to the already beautiful location. This place was surrounded by trees, which made it about ten degrees warmer. We were happy to get started. These photos turned out amazing, and I could not have been happier!
SD and I had a not so fun engagement shoot with the weather. Near the end of the shoot when we were standing on that dock it started pouring rain, and we had to run back to the cabin to seek shelter. I thought we would have to redo the entire shoot, but I am so happy with the results. This reminded me that everything may not be perfect, but the end result can still be wonderful!
If I could give any advice about finding a good engagement session photographer, it would be to ask around. I asked several women with children in my office along with ladies I knew in town and on a forum online. Next, look at a ton of their work. If you like it then you’ll probably like the pictures they take of you! And lastly, if you’re in Mississippi then look up Monica Allen Photography, and you will not be disappointed!
You all remember my invitation fiasco with my dad? Well, now I’ve got another piece of paper decision to make.
Originally I said that I wanted to do ceremony programs and have these pretty fans with our pictures on it since our ceremony would be outside in September. Well, in true “I’m not even engaged yet” fashion I didn’t realize how much these sort of things cost. The deal I had with my parents was that they would pay for the big things (a.k.a. catering, dress, invitations, etc) and if we wanted any details we had to pay for that stuff ourselves. Which, in all honesty is nothing compared to what they are shelling out for our wedding. I tried to spread my purchases out so I wasn’t trying to buy everything at once, which I have done pretty well with but this one last purchase is one I’m still debating.
With under 40 days to go, I just can’t decide if it’s worth wasting the paper on a program. Our ceremony will be less than 30 minutes long and is not in the church. I’ve been to three weddings already this summer and none of them had programs. Yes, I’ve saved money by finding people on Etsy to design me printable items that I can do myself. The only part I was really looking forward to was having my bridal party and our parents formally mentioned on the program. I haven’t mentioned this to my parents because I really don’t want to start a war over something trivial, so I’m hoping everyone will be so busy the day-of that no one will notice.
So, do you think programs are worth the extra money and paper?