by: Michelle

This classic gold and white garden wedding could not be more perfect! From the bride’s stunning beaded gown to the beautiful gold table settings, this one has elegance written all over it. The grounds of the unique Winter Park Farmers Market gave the ideal backdrop for the bride and groom’s heartfelt “I do’s”, and it was all captured beautifully by Lauren K Downing Photography.

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Isn’t the bride’s gown absolutely gorgeous? I’m loving the fresh, lush bouquets too!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Lauren K Downing Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Christy at Anna Christine Events / Flowers & Decor: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers / DJ: DJ ET / Officiant : Family Friend / Cake Baker: Family Friend / Wood Carvings : Etsy / Reception Venue: Winter Park Farmers Market


by: Lauren

In my time in the wedding world, I’ve noticed lots of talk about the average cost of a wedding- both online and offline. The thing about this is that every wedding is different- just as every couple is different- so it’s really quite difficult to make an overarching “average cost of a wedding” statement. Today I’d like to chat about these differences, and how they relate to what weddings cost.

Why You Shouldnt Rely On The Average Cost Of A Wedding

Usually, whenever I hear the words “average cost of a wedding”, I immediately think of the year-long survey I did on that particular subject, surveying wedding professionals about what their average brides spent with them. I conducted this survey last year because if there’s anything that I learned when planning my own wedding, and then several others professionally, it was that brides usually have no idea about what things should cost. This unfortunately leads to surprise and disappointment when you hear what things will cost for you wedding, thus taking the fun out of wedding planning- and quite frankly, planning a wedding should be an enjoyable experience!

As I’m sure you know, I’m all about brides gaining knowledge about weddings, and brides, I think that you deserve to have some kind of expectation of what to expect things to cost. Many of the surveys that are out there reporting on the “average cost of weddings” include data of weddings that range from one spectrum to the other. If you know anything about data, having such a big variant in numbers doesn’t really end up giving an accurate average.  In my opinion, these “average cost of wedding” surveys are totally unrealistic, and reporting this inaccurate information is a disservice to brides all over!

[Editor’s note: When I was a wedding planner, I rarely planned weddings with a budget of less than $35,000. My couples used professional vendors, they and their parents contributed to their wedding costs, and they wanted their guests to have a great time. These are the weddings that I myself know, and this is why I provide the information on Every Last Detail in the way that I do.] 

Why You Shouldnt Rely On The Average Cost Of A Wedding

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So now let’s talk about the *difference* that exists among weddings. Every wedding is different because every couple’s story, budget, life, etc is different- no two weddings are the same. This is common sense, right? But the issue is that this difference makes it quite difficult to gather statistics about weddings and report about them. Whether we’re talking about money, decor, food, or even attire- it’s really hard to lump one wedding in with another.

For example- a DIY backyard wedding is way different than a wedding taking place at a luxury Palm Springs hotel. There’s nothing at all wrong with either of those weddings- they’re just different! The fact that people have their own personalities, likes, and style translates into couples wanting something in particular for their wedding, and to me, that is a beautiful thing.

As I mentioned in the example above, since weddings are different, you can’t really compare a luxury wedding to one that is more economical. There are so many elements involved in each- it’s like comparing an apple to an orange! You really can’t compare a $20,000 wedding to a $80,000 wedding. I know you want to, but just don’t do it- it’s not fair to yourself!

Now I know we all hate talking about numbers and budgets and pricing, but the truth of the matter is that money is what makes (most) weddings happen. In my time in the wedding industry, I’ve learned that weddings can often times be divided into different budget “categories”. These budget differentiations are primarily why in The V List, I have members organized into pricing categories based on the total budgets of their average brides- so brides know that they are looking at vendors who are in their budget. These categories are explained on the vendor search page, but I’ll also point them out here:

$ = Total wedding budget up to $35,000 

$$ = Total wedding budget $35,000-$80,000

$$$ = Total wedding budget $80,000+  


So my big question is this:

Why are we lumping all of these different types of weddings in with each other when we talk about the “average cost of a wedding” and “what weddings cost”?

 


The answer to this question is that we shouldn’t be talking about weddings like they are all the same- because thankfully, they’re not! So when it comes down to it, you really can’t rely on the numbers out there indicating the “average cost of a wedding”.

With all of this said, vendors AND brides, I’d like to invite you to help me establish the averages for these different types of weddings by taking part in a survey that I’m conducting. Brides, I want to know what your expectations are and what you think. And vendors, I want to know what your average bride is spending with you!

Why You Shouldnt Rely On The Average Cost Of A Wedding

Thank you all for your input- I can’t wait to report on this data!


Want more insight on wedding costs? Check out these posts: 

What Does A Wedding Cost? What To Expect When Using Professional Vendors

Wedding Budget 101

Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?!

 

A version of this post was originally published in August 2013.



by: Lauren

This nautical coral and navy wedding captured by Courtney Bowlden Photography is not only gorgeous and full of amazing details, but it also has two of my favorite things- an adorable golden retriever and a military groom… be still my heart! Rachel and Dan drew their nautical inspiration from the Pacific Northwest location where their wedding took place, and the result was perfect. Rachel is here with us today to share more about her planning process…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My parents were a supplemental part of planning our wedding day. I honestly don’t think i could have done it without their help. My husband was deployed in Kuwait for the 9 months leading up to our big day, while I was living in Colorado planning our wedding in Washington State. My mom and dad helped me plan every little detail of our DIY wedding and was there for me during every step of the way when my husband couldn’t be (although he was able to FaceTime when we went taste testing for cake!)

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

When choosing who to work with on our wedding day, it honestly came down to how we were treated by each vendor. When we were searching for wedding venues, we were told twice by two different venues, “We don’t want you to think we are a wedding factory”. Let’s be honest, we all know that wedding venues are specifically made for weddings, so why tell us otherwise? We stuck with our gut feeling and chose vendors who made us feel comfortable and understood what we truly wanted out of our special day.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

For our wedding design, we wanted to capture the true Pacific Northwest feel of our venue, so we chose a rustic, nautical theme. I grew up in the San Juan Islands, and boating and spending time on the ocean has always been extremely significant to me. When I brought my husband to Washington for the first time (he’s from Kentucky) he fell in love with the islands. I knew he would fall in love with a nautical wedding as well!

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite part about our wedding was walking down the aisle. Dan returned home from deployment just two weeks before our wedding, and it got to a point where I wasn’t sure if he was going to make it back in time for our wedding day at all. I was so overwhelmed with happiness and emotion seeing him standing at the end of the aisle. It not only meant that I got to finally marry my best friend, but it also meant that he was home safe.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My best piece of advice for other brides is to do what you want to do on your wedding day. You want to wear 30 dollar Sperry wedges from Amazon on your day? Do it. Nobody sees your shoes anyways. Don’t let other people dictate what you should or shouldn’t be doing with your time on your day, and don’t be afraid to say no! There’s so little time and so much to do, just enjoy spending time with your loved ones, then enjoy the day after when it’s just the two of you.

Oh I love Rachel’s advice. Speaking of shoes, I myself wore $30 shoes on my wedding day too- although I regret it because they were half a size too small! But I certainly love that she points out to enjoy the time with your loved ones. And um, can we please talk about Rachel and Dan’s adorable pup?! As a dog lover, I just melted when I saw that sweet face!

The coral and navy color palette is just gorgeous with the elegant, nautical style. Are any of you going to be using coral OR navy in your wedding color palette?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Courtney Bowlden Photography / Reception Venue: Roche Harbor Resort / Flowers & Decor: Robins Nest / Cake Baker: Cakes by Felicitations / Ceremony Musicians: Brian James / DJ: I DJ 4 U Rich Eppley / Hair & Makeup: Afterglow Spa, Roche Harbor Resort / Bridal Salon: Laineemeg Bridal


by: Carly

If there is one thing you must know about me, it’s this: wedding flowers are my absolute favorite detail. Naturally, I cannot get enough of wedding bouquets, especially during the spring and summer when some of the best floral varieties are readily available. During the spring, work with your florist and consider incorporating roses, ranunculus, tulips, anemones, and peonies (lots of peonies!) into your arrangements. Selecting in season blooms will help to keep your flowers within your budget while also giving your florist the creative freedom to create stunning bouquets for you and your bridesmaids. Another tip: I completely adore pastels, but don’t shy away from bright colors during the spring!

24 Spring Bouquets You Cant Miss!

Without further ado, 24 lovely spring bouquets for weddings ranging from eclectic to classic (and every style in between) that will have you pinning for days:

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Aren’t these all just gorgeous? We’d love to know which is your favorite!

 

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