TIME.com recently featured an article about how expensive weddings can be not only for the bride and groom, but those who are in the wedding or are attending. In the article, one of the people interviewed indicated that they would be spending an excess of $4,000 this summer to attend three weddings. I don’t know about you, but $4,000 for three weddings is expensive for someone who is not in the wedding! Imagine what bridesmaids and groomsmen spend for the bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, dresses, tuxedos, gifts, etc. just to be in one wedding—the dollar amount can quickly reach the $2,000 mark depending on how everything is planned and executed. Take it from us at Northampton Valley Country Club, we realize the Bucks County wedding ceremonies we host cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. However, we are seasoned wedding planners, so we know what your bridal party and guests are spending even if you don’t. Therefore, even though you may be focused on how much you are spending on the wedding, it is also important to slow down and take into consideration what your closest family members and friends may be spending. After all, if you are not upfront about everything you are planning for your wedding and pre-wedding activities, you may find yourself without the people you love on that special day. Two things we suggest you do in order to make your wedding enjoyable for everyone is to: 1. Relay The Facts—Especially To The Bridal Party! The most important thing to relay to your bridesmaids and groomsmen is to tell them what will be happening, as well as give them an idea about how much everything is going to cost. While most people will be overjoyed by being asked to be a part of your special day, what they fail to realize at first is just how much the dollar amount will be. So, before you pick those special few people, make sure to have a talk with them over how much is involved with being a part of your wedding. After all, money is a major issue for some people. 2. Take a Step Back & Think About Everyone Involved! Of course the wedding is about you and your fiancé. However, you should not forget about the other people that are there to support you both. While you may feel that you are spending a lot of money because it is your wedding that does not mean that your friends and family members will feel the same. Therefore, you need take a little time and think about what you are asking everyone to do. Doing this will ensure that your bridal party and guests will be much happier. If they think your wedding takes up too much of their time or money, you run the risk of them being unable to attend because what you planned has become too excessive. Northampton Valley Country Club’s event planning professionals are extremely savvy when it comes to wedding planning. Unlike many other Bucks Country wedding venues, we offer unappalled wedding planning services that can even include offering advice on how to plan those pre-wedding activities! If you would like to hear more ways in which you can plan a more affordable wedding not only for yourself, but for those involved, give us a call and we will be glad to help in any way that we can!