Saving Money On Your Wedding

Almost half of all couples get engaged between December and Valentine’s Day. If you are one of them congratulations. It’s an exciting time, but assuming you don’t plan a wedding everyday, it can also be shocking as the cost of your wedding celebration adds up. wedding cost

Here are a few ideas that may help you save:

Flowers – If you have the time and desire to design your own florals, you can have your wedding flowers shipped directly to you. Bridesign offer fresh cut flowers sent to you and can include a number of pre-made bouquets. You pick the colors and options and save over the cost of a traditional florist.

Rent Instead of Buy – While most brides understandably want to purchase their wedding dress, bridesmaids may not. With companies like Rent the Runway, Vow to be chic and Weddington Way offering affordable rental access to famous name designers, renting dresses may be a great money saving option.

Ebay Shopping – Check out Ebay for some great deals on everything from chair covers to favors. Look for gently used or even discounted new items on everything you need.

Groupon Planning – Deals change often, but with regular checks of the popular site Groupon you may find a deal on a photographer, transportation, rehearsal dinner and more.

Design Your Own Invitations –  You don’t have to be a professional graphic designer to create fantastic looking invitations. With user friendly sites such as Zazzle, a few clicks and you can create your own wedding invitations.

These are a few of the many ways you can save money on your wedding. Decide what is most important to you and invest your funds in that area. For more ideas and links to these and other wedding resources visit our website.

Saving Money On Your Wedding

It’s a constant question. How do we save money planning our wedding?

This site allows you to calculate wedding cost by zip code and projected number of guests. That cost is in addition to wedding rings and honeymoon costs.

It can be quite an expensive venture, so let’s us try to help you save some money along the way.

  1. Make a guest list to estimate projected food and budget based on quotes from vendors. Start a through and realistic budget. Include everything from hotel guest welcome bags to wedding party gifts to center pieces. If you go over budget one these items try to eliminate the least important items to you. 
  2. Hire an event planner to negotiate with vendors. Often event planners will save you time and money with exclusive discounts provided to clients. Just their expert advice will often save you money in ways you never thought of. 
  3. Whittle your “dream” into reality. Eliminate a champagne toast, forget the diamond centerpieces, decide what is important and what you can do without. 
  4. Everything is negotiable if you are willing to be flexible. Be upfront and honest about your budget to find the right vendor for you.
  5. Most venues charge more for Saturday night weddings, so explore Friday or Sunday night in addition to Saturday during the day.
  6. Shop GroupOn and other discount sights for anything from photo booths to transportation.
  7. Doing it yourself can save money, but you can also spend more money on materials so choose wisely. Often bride don;t realize how much time it takes to complete tasks. Don’t take on too much yourself.
  8. Talk to family and friends that have recently been married. They can often be a great reference. 

A wedding will cost you a good amount of money, but try to prioritize what’s most important to you and your partner. At the end of the day you are just as married if you spend $10,000 or $500,000. If you have questions about your wedding feel free to contact us: 


How Much Is It? – Average Wedding Costs

One of the largest expenditures anyone will ever make is on their wedding. Most people have no idea what to expect until they start gathering information and pricing. There is a wide variety of services with an even wider pricing structure. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and lost in all of it.

On average, US couples spend $25,656 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $19,242 and $32Image,070.    This does not include cost for a honeymoon. Understanding wedding costs can help you with your wedding budget.

To help you get started we have found a wonderful tool to give you an idea on what to expect in your area.

At Cost of Wedding you simply type in the zip code of where you plan to get married. It will give you average pricing on items from attire to entertainment in that area. Costs are based on the spending of other couples getting married not wedding vendor prices. You should expect to spend 50% to 100%+ more when choosing well-experienced professionals, designer labels, popular event locations, unique or custom products and services. The amount you spend may also be affected by the number of guests you invite to your wedding.

Hopefully this tool will at least give you an idea on a wedding budget. We will also place the link in the wedding section of our website As always we are always happy to answer your questions and help you plan the perfect celebration around the corner or around the world.



And the winner is??? The problem with Awards

You don’t have to look far to find a company touting an award they won. In the bridal business you find a number of companies with awards from the Knot & Wedding Wire. Some of these companies do fantastic work worthy of an award. The question is how are the “award winners” chosen?

A first Pierce Events was given the same awards. It was nice to be recognized, but I soon realized that unless you were paying to advertise the awards go away quickly.

Online reviews are important in today’s business. Consumers look at your company website, but they also look at third party reviewing websites. So while honest reviews are valuable, not all reviews posted are honest.

Wedding Wire has 29 “award winning” DJ’s in the Pittsburgh market. The Knot has 3. A bit strange. As for planners, Wedding Wire has 11 The Knot has 1. Yes 1.

How is it decided who wins? Your guess is as good as mine.  

My point here is while there are great companies that are listed in The Knot, Wedding Wire and similar websites, the awards touted by so many may be misleading and about as valuable as a wooden nickel. Shop with caution.

TLC’s “Four Weddings” Casting in Pittsburgh

four-wedding-call-for-talentATTENTION PITTSBURGH BRIDES!!!!!

If you are planning a wedding you want everyone to see, well here’s your chance. If it’s the best weeding ever then you may even win a free honeymoon. (Oh, we can help you make it the winning wedding…. wink, wink)

TLC and Semi Sweet Productions is casting NOW for the TV production “Four Weddings” and they are searching for brides in Pittsburgh!

So what do you need to do to get in all this excitement????

First contact Pierce Events right away because we can only work with one bride and we want it to be you. Then gather your wedding date, contact info and a photo of you  and your fiance and click here to apply.

We wish all the “brides to be” the best of luck!

Making Your Wedding Day, YOUR Wedding Day

Ahh the moment a newly married couple walks into the reception for the first time. All eyes are on them, family and friends cheer as they greet the world as husband and wife.

Over the years we have done all sorts of weddings. Formal, traditional and elegant to fun, unique and wild. A reception is so much more than just a party. It should be a celebration of two special personalities and styles being combined.

We always encourage couples to make the moment unique to them. It should be as fun and funky or as timeless and classic as the couple.

Incorporate special things into your centerpieces. You don’t have to have just flowers. Books, colorful fruits, feathers and other items can be used. 

Wedding Logo :  wedding details invitations monograms wedding logo Wedding LogoConsider a logo. Brand you day! A design of initials or even a short phrase that is special can be projected, printed on invitations, napkins and even furniture. Make it all your own.

Custom lighting can dramatically change any rooms and bring in a color you love.

Unique places & spaces. Couples more and more are getting married and celebrating in non-traditional places. From ballparks to vineyards. Even an amusement park wedding if you want.

Get creative & have fun. If you want to get married on a beach plan a smaller destination wedding with invitations on sand dollars. Getting married on the slopes? Wedding scarves or gloves.

Go Online. Create your own wedding website. Include photos, you story, information and directions. You will keep friends  and relatives in the loop and build excitement for the big day.

Cheers to you! Create a signature drink or drinks and name them after yourselves or your favorite places or things. Check out to find drinks that match your wedding’s theme and colors. You can even use the site to print custom labels and drink menus. 

Theme weddings, which have become popular in recent years, are limited only by your imagination. Western, beach, butterflies, medieval, Harley Davidson—any of these can be the focal point of your celebration from start to finish, and there are plenty of specialty websites and event planners to help you out.

Your Soundtrack Pick songs that are meaningful to you to play at certain times. Keep your guests musical tastes in mind as well and work with your DJ or Band to include something for everyone.

Pierce Events can help you create the perfect wedding celebration to match your own style. Contact them to learn more.

Wedding Songs We Love to Hate

Whenever we sit down with a bridal couple to talk about music selections for their celebration two big questions are asked. What songs do you want to hear? What songs do you NOT want to be played?

Often times people know more what they don’t like. A recent bridal couple began naming songs to put on the the Do Not Play List. Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”; “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang; John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland” is not invited to the wedding.

All the typical “wedding songs” were off limits. Being involved in many weddings, a night without the songs that everyone plays is a welcome break. Here’s the problem…. The reason why everyone plays those songs is because people love those songs.

“I Gotta Feeling” is ranked No. 1 on the list of most requested party songs over the last 12 months. Oh and “Celebration” after all these years is still at No. 26.

So it presents a bit of a conundrum in an era when weddings are as much, if not more, about the guests’ experience as the bride and groom. No matter how much a couple loathes “Love Shack” (No. 11 most requested and No. 10 most banned), is there something to be said for putting taste aside to get everyone grooving?

We always stress to couples to consider guests and not just what they like to listen to. Yes it is your day, but be considerate. We have had couples choose every single song to be played frome begining to end and others choose a single artist or group to play all night. Trust me, grandma is not going to want to hear the Greatful Dead for 6 hours.

A DJ needs flexibility to satisfy guests of all ages. Couples should keep “Do Not Play” songs to no more than the 10 songs they truly can’t stand.

A list that’s too long or restrictive can dampen a party. If your guests are asking for certain songs that are banned they feel shunned when told thier request won’t be played.

To ensure that “everyone from 3 to 103” was entertained at her wedding in June, Abby Jakoplic left her musical fate to the DJ and banned the Do Not Play list. She welcomed the cheesy and cliche — including the No. 1 most shunned song. “We had everyone from toddlers to grandparents out there doing the ‘Chicken Dance,'” Jakoplic said.

Yes it cheesy, but cheesy can be fun. That’s a song all ages will dance to. In case you were wondering:


Top 5 Do Not Play songs

“Chicken Dance”

“Macarena” by Los Del Rio

“Y.M.C.A.” by Village People

“Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper

“Electric Slide” by Grandmaster Slice

Top Wedding Songs for 2012

Event entertainment booking service announced the Top Songs for 2012 weddings. The lists are based on a survey of recently married and soon-to-be married brides and grooms.

“Can’t Help Falling in Love and At Last remain the most popular songs, with newer songs like Train’s Marry Me breaking into the top 5,” says Marta Segal Block, GigMasters’ Editorial Director. “Although many of the songs being chosen aren’t new, what is new is that brides and grooms are taking a larger role in choosing the rest of the songs for the reception. The majority of couples are creating “Must Play” and “Do Not Play” lists for their reception, and some are even creating specific set lists.”

TOP 5 FIRST DANCE SONGS 1.    At Last – Etta James 2.    Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley 3.    Marry Me – Train 4.    You and Me – Dave Matthews Band 5.    All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo tied with Lucky – Jason Mraz, The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra and Then – Brad Paisley

TOP 5 FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE SONGS 1.    I Loved Her First – Heartland
2.    Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong 3.    The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra 4.    Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman 5.    My Girl – The Temptations tied with Unforgettable – Natalie Cole

TOP 5 ‘DO NOT PLAY’ SONGS 1.    Chicken Dance 2.    Electric Slide
3.    Macarena 4.    YMCA 5.    Cotton Eye Joe

TOP SONGS FROM 2011 FOR 2012 WEDDINGS 1.    Marry You – Bruno Mars
2.    Just a Kiss – Lady Antebellum 3.    Love You Like a Love Song –Selena Gomez 4.    Countdown – Beyoncé 5.    We Found Love – Rihanna

We asked Shaun Pierce of Pierce Events about song choices for couples. “Most couples have fun choosing songs that are important to them. It’s amazing how certain songs can set the tone and create romantic or fun moments. Often times even the bridal party will choose their own songs for the enterance”

Pierce says if you find yourself at a loss for choosing songs or are looking for something out of the ordinary they are always ready with suggestions.

Have fun creating your own soundtrack for your special day.