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Wedding Season 2023: Top 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Celebration

Story by Staff Writer,

April 3, 2023 5:26 PM EST - Buffalo, NY

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Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable and special days of your life. It's a day that celebrates love, commitment, and the start of a new chapter in your life. While planning a wedding can be an exciting and fun experience, it can also be a daunting task. There are countless details to consider, from choosing the right venue to selecting the perfect flowers and catering. In this article, we will explore the top five most important things to prepare for your wedding, ensuring that your special day is everything you dreamed of and more.

Plus, we'll introduce you to wedding insurance, an often overlooked but crucial aspect of wedding planning, that can provide peace of mind and protect your investment in case of unexpected events.


The first and foremost thing to consider when planning a wedding is budgeting. Weddings can be expensive, and you'll need to set a budget that you can afford. Start by deciding on an overall budget and then break it down into smaller categories. You can create a spreadsheet to help you allocate your funds accordingly.

According to a recent SoFi article, the average cost of an American wedding in 2023 is $29,000.

Make a list of everything you'll need for your wedding, including venue, catering, decorations, flowers, entertainment, and transportation. Assign a cost to each item on your list, and then prioritize what's most important. This will help you avoid overspending and ensure that you're investing your money wisely.


The venue is one of the most significant expenses for your wedding, and it's crucial to choose the right one. The venue sets the tone for your wedding, and it's important to select one that fits your budget and style. You should consider the location, size, and amenities of each venue you're interested in, and then compare them to make the best decision.

If you're on a tight budget, you might consider having your wedding at a public park or beach, or even at a friend or family member's property. This can help you save money without compromising on the quality of your wedding.

The most recent data available pre-pandemic by Statistia cited that outdoor weddings are on the rise in the United States, with 57% of weddings occurring outdoors in 2019.


Choosing the right vendors is essential to ensure that your wedding day goes smoothly. You'll need to hire vendors for catering, photography, flowers, music, and more. Take the time to research each vendor, read reviews, and ask for references.

You should choose vendors who are reliable, professional, and can provide you with the quality of service you expect. Look for local vendors who have experience in the wedding industry and have a good reputation.

Guest List

Your guest list is another important factor to consider when planning your wedding. You'll need to decide who to invite, and this can be challenging, especially if you have a large family or a lot of friends.

Create a list of everyone you want to invite, and then prioritize the list based on who you can afford to invite and who you want to be there on your special day. Be mindful of your budget and venue size when deciding on the number of guests.


Wedding insurance is an often-overlooked aspect of wedding planning, but it's essential to protect your investment. Accidents and unexpected events can happen on your wedding day, and wedding insurance can provide peace of mind and protect you from financial loss.

While you can't prevent accidents or bad weather from happening, you can prepare for them. With wedding insurance, you can rest easy knowing that you're protected in case of any unforeseen events.

Wedding insurance policies can cover a wide range of events, including venue closures, vendor no-shows, extreme weather conditions, and more. It can also cover loss or damage to your wedding dress, wedding rings, and other personal property.

It's also important to consider liquor liability when planning your wedding. If you plan on serving alcohol at your wedding reception, you could be held liable if one of your guests becomes intoxicated and causes harm to themselves or others.

To protect yourself from potential legal and financial repercussions, you should consider adding liquor liability insurance to your wedding insurance policy.

Data reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), show that 10,142 people died in crashes whose cause was related to alcohol consumption in 2019. (Source:

In conclusion, planning a wedding can be stressful, but it's important to prioritize the most important things. Budgeting, venue, vendors, guest list, and insurance are all key factors to consider when planning your special day. Encompass Agency is here to help you protect your investment and make your wedding day one to remember!

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