To Do It Again
They say hindsight is 20/20 and that's especially true for wedding plans. Once the honeymoon period has worn off, we wondered what people would do differently about their wedding day if they had the chance. After all, trends fade and tastes change. We asked 2,000 people who got married in or after 2010 this question and here's what we found.
When it comes to planning a wedding, most people want a celebration that reflects the life and love they share with their partner. The most common wedding details include Saturday nuptials (75 percent), in the summer (35 percent), and in the hometown of the couple (52 percent), with an average bridal party size of eight. Coordinating all of that is no small feat! Weddings are a big deal, and a big investment. While most people (70 percent) end up spending less than $25,000 on their nuptials, only 52 percent claimed to stay on budget, with 28 percent spending more than intended.
Still, 76 percent people surveyed admitted that there are things about their wedding that they would have changed, and women were 21 percent more likely to say this. In fact, 43 percent of those surveyed claim to have flat-out regrets about some aspects of their wedding.
Some of the biggest do-overs are in the budget. Almost half of those surveyed (40 percent) said that they split the cost of the wedding with their partner, and some nuptial decisions would not be repeated. For example, of the top five spending regrets, people would have put more money into the honeymoon fund, how much they spent on rings, and would have ponied up more for a stellar photographer. The lesson? People felt it's important to not skimp on the things that last long after the celebration itself.
In a similar vein, many respondents regret spending as much as they did on the wedding dress and the invites-two items that notoriously have no purpose after 24 hours. Respondents agreed that additional details, such as bridal party gifts and rehearsal dinner and a wedding planner were not necessary expenses. In fact, 50 percent said they would have instead saved that money for the future.
Nearly half (47 percent) of the respondents said they should have enjoyed their wedding more. To that end, 41 percent wishes they invited more people to the party; yet 41 percent wishes they invited less people. 18 percent simply wish they invited different people and perhaps the event would have been more fun for them.
Planning a wedding involves a lot of decision making on small and large details. 58 percent claimed to make most of the decisions, with women nearly 3 times as likely to be the main decider. All that work adds to a lot of stress. 58 percent of those surveyed said that while they were stressed at their wedding, they still were able to enjoy it. In fact, 72 percent describe their wedding as one of the best days of their life, and 90 percent agree that the good parts of the day outweighed the regrettable parts. Cheers to that!