This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

5 Wedding Tasks To Finish Early

Stocks in this article: KNOT BBBY

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Weddings aren't born when an engagement ring finds its finger, but in the list-writing, vendor-calling, deposit-check-writing weeks that follow.

Couples who aren't planning their wedding shortly after the ring is out and the parents are told are destined to be eaten alive by a wedding industry with painfully tight timetables and pitifully low tolerance for slackers. The average engagement is little less than 14 months, according to (KNOT) and's Real Weddings survey, and 43% of couples are engaged for more than a year.

That's great, because they're going to need every day of it if they're going to book a Saturday night wedding slot (which Donne Kerestic, CEO of 1-800Registry, says 80% of engaged couples choose for their special day -- many booking a year in advance or more). Photographers are in similar demand, mostly because the nation's 541,900 businesses serving the wedding industry are pressed into service 77 times a year, or for roughly 1.5 weddings a week, according to wedding market research firm The Wedding Report.

This makes for a lot of frustrated couples and frazzled families, as the Real Weddings survey found that the average couple doesn't start planning a wedding until 10.6 months before the date, with only 28% of couples planning more than a year in advance. Even when couples do plan that far in advance, they're still procrastinating. The average couple spends 3.4 hours a week planning the wedding when they have a 10- to 12-month buffer between them and the aisle, but cram 11.3 hours of wedding planning into a week when the wedding's less than three months away.

With demand for wedding services increasing and the amount couples are willing to spend on their ceremony and reception growing, a wedding shouldn't be treated like a junior high algebra exam given the Monday after a weekend. Instead of playing around on their Bed, Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Target (TGT) and Macy's (M) registries for months and cramming a bunch of details and stress into the last minutes before marriage, couples should consider tackling these five tasks as early as possible:

1 of 6

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,053.71 +23.50 0.13%
S&P 500 2,088.77 +6.89 0.33%
NASDAQ 4,806.8590 +33.3870 0.70%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs