Month: September 2011

Ask Us: What Should A Wedding Cost?

I get the question all the time. How much should I plan on spending for a wedding? It’s not easy to answer as most often what people want and what they can afford are two very different things.

As an event planner I want couples to live out their dream day. At the same time I don’t want that dream day to put them in debt as newly weds.

With celebrity weddings and (un)reality series showing brides all that money can buy, the price tag for syaing “I Do” can be hefty.

In a January 2011 report, the average cost of a wedding increased 22.9% between 2009 and 2010, from $19,581 to $24,066 in 2010. For 2011, the average price of weddings nationally is up to $28,704.

So what do you do if you don’t have $30,000 to spend in one day? Choose what is most important to you first.

The white wedding dress may be one of the most expensive purchases for the big day, unless you are willing to choose a more budget-friendly option. On the lower end of spending, a dress can cost $200 or less if buying off-the-rack or synthetic fabric from a department store or chain bridal retailer. The midrange cost ranges from $500 to $1,000 for dresses with more detail, and higher-end custom-made designer dresses can cost between $2,000 and $10,000.

Flowers can be very expensive. Look for localy grown flowers in season or consider little jars set up with one or two blooms in them. Doing your own flowers or ordering online can save you money.

Venues and catering offer a wide range of options. Nice hotels offer some great packages or consider transforming a community center into your reception destination.

Food is important. Brides are choosing more of a reception-style of catering over heavy sitdown meals. We have done backyard Barbeque themes for a more relaxed atmosphere. Or consider less formal menu offerings. Just make sure you offer you guest good quality food no matter what you choose.

Entertainment often ends up last on the list and that can be a huge mistake. Your guests want good food and to have a good time. I highly suggest to brides to choose your entertainment as soon as possible and budget for a great DJ or band. Nothing can ruin a celebration like a $500 DJ that works on the weekends for beer money. That’s not who you want.

Lastly, don’t think you can’t afford a wedding planner. Professional wedding planners will save you time and money and often pay for themself in the long run.

Pierce Events offers complete event planning, production and management services for corporate, social and non-profit events. For more information and other helpful tips visit our website at www.pierceevents.net

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Ask Us: Bridal Showers

We invite our readers to submit event questions. If you have a question you would like answered email it to: info@pierceevents.net
Q: Can you tell me who is supposed to host/pay for a bridal shower?

Traditionally a shower should not be thrown by the bride’s immediate relatives.

The maid of honor or another good friend usually hosts, or several people, often bridesmaids, share the responsibility.

It is common for a bride to have more than one shower; when this happens, the hosts should consult one another about guest lists to avoid duplication. Showers are generally held from a couple of months to a couple of weeks before the wedding.

Who is supposed to pay for all this?

There is no rule for the payment of this party. Attendees should never be expected to pay for their food. Thus it is up to the hostess, to find other methods of payment. Generally speaking, the bridesmaids and maid or matron of honor will collect money amongst themselves to host that bridal shower for the bride. If a formal party is a strain on the bridesmaids, it is an acceptable alternative to hold the bridal shower at someone’s home, backyard, or clubhouse.

Pierce Events offers complete event planning, production and management services for corporate, social and non-profit events. For more information and other helpful tips visit our website at www.pierceevents.net