by: Lauren

Courtney and Spencer celebrated their marriage with an elegant Florida beach wedding. They said their vows on the beach at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club and then jumped onto a historic Sarasota trolley to their reception at The Concession Golf and Country Club. The back lawn at the club was transformed with an elegant clear tent and cozy lounge areas. A blue and yellow color palette provided a bold pop of color to the design of their day, while personal touches made their celebration extra special- including a whiskey bar, cigar station, and cinnamon rolls that the bride and groom love. As favors, Courtney and Spencer bottled honey from their beehive (seriously though, how cool is that?!?), and added handwritten thank you notes on each one for their guests to take home. They had the perfect balance of a destination Florida wedding with special touches from their home in the mid-west.

With so many details and personalized touches, NK Productions did an incredible job pulling them all together to really showcase the personalities of this couple, and Esther Louise Photography did not miss a single beat in capturing all of the fun elements they planned for their day. We cannot wait for you to see!

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We just love that these two really focused on creating a wedding experience for their guests, and did an incredible job incorporating their hobbies and talents into the day. From the choreographed tap routine to the honey jar favors, they allowed their guests to be a part of their lives and love story.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer:  Esther Louise Photography // Event Planner: NK Productions // Band: Bobby & The aristocats // Other: Cova Cigars // Musicians: Dean Miller // Hair Stylist: Fresh Salon // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Linens and Coverings: Linens by the Sea // Fashion Designer: Salvatore Ferragamo // Equipment Rentals: So Staged // Transportation: SRQ Trolley // Cake Designer: The Cake Zone // Reception Venue: The Concession  // Equipment Rentals: US Tent Rental // Floral Designer: Victoria Blooms // Cinema and Video: Voila Cinematic

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by: Emily

The stationery suite is an often overlooked element in the wedding design, however, it can set the style and tone for the entire day. The invitation design served as the main inspiration behind these navy, teal, and white eclectic geode and geometric wedding ideas. V List member Amber Veatch Designs created this beautiful eclectic style by taking a small detail and transforming it into a full on wedding style, and we absolutely love the result. Emily Katharine Photography captured this bold design and all of the fun details in the most beautiful way.

Metallic terrariums and the hexagonal shape carried throughout many of the details, and can be seen from the invitation and ceremony accents, to the escort display and one of our favorite details, the wedding cake topper! The geometric theme created a cool compliment to the industrial space at CL Space, and the exposed brick added to the cool tones of the design. We love the bold blue tones and metallic color palette that flowed through this entire design, and we can’t wait for you to see!

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Every detail of this inspiration came to life in so many ways, and we love that you can really see how this cohesive design carried through even the smallest elements of the day. A fun little idea that we loved is to greet guests with a colorful signature cocktail, and the blueberry mojitos featured in this look are super fun and festive with their rich color and the rosemary and blueberry garnish providing a perfect finishing touch. Wish this inspiration was reality, because it looks like the perfectly refreshing delight!

Do you have any bold design ideas that you plan to carry from your invitation style through to a unique cake design (or any other fun element of your wedding day)? We’d love to hear what you have in mind!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Emily Katharine Photography  // Styling, concept, design and flowers: Amber Veatch Designs // Venue: CL Space // Bridal gown: Rebecca Schoneveld via The Bride Tampa // Hair & Makeup: Style Hair and Makeup // Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes  // Copper Arch, blue glassware, bar table: Ever After Vintage Rentals // Gold Flatware, gold chargers, farm table, clear glassware: Set Event Rentals // Benches: MMD Events // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas  // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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by: Lauren

Planning a wedding when you don’t live in the same city you’re getting married in can be difficult, but it can be even more of a challenge when you live across an ocean. Andy and Elise live in England, but traveled to Elise’s hometown to celebrate their marriage with a San Diego wedding. While they did all of their planning overseas, they were able to rely on the help of Elise’s mother to help coordinate the details that needed some in-person attention.

We love how this couple combined elegant textures (can we talk about those pink cocktail linens!) and vintage touches with masculine nods, such as farm tables to accent the wood details of their venue.  Melissa McClure Photography photographed the incredible joy of the day, and we love how she was able to capture the sweetest, most intimate moments between this couple.

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We love how their colors were also accented in their bridal portraits by capturing photos at their getting ready location, La Valencia, with the soft pink walls and intimate nooks to hide out in. We’re suckers for good bridal portraits, and these are oh so lovely!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography // Getting Ready Hotel: La Valencia // Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum // Planner: Suzanne with Crown Weddings // Florist: Jennifer Cole Florals // DJ/Lighting: Mobile Music Plus // Catering: Crown Point Catering // Hair and Makeup: Leah Christiansen – GroomerGirl // Band: Slower Music  // Transportation: HIGHLINE CHARTER // Video: Anthology Films // Ceremony Music: Miles Moynier // Paper Goods: Created by the Groom // Cake: Dessertier // Chairs: Apr fine linens // Linens: Luxe Linens // Tables/Market lighting/Draping: Concepts Event Design

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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.

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Usually, whenever I hear the words “average cost of a wedding”, I immediately think of the surveys that I’ve conducted on this particular subject, surveying wedding professionals about what their average brides spend with them.

I’ve conducted this survey twice now, and am on my third one, because if there’s anything that I learned when planning my own wedding, and then several others professionally, it was that brides and grooms usually have no idea about what to expect things to 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 couples gaining knowledge about weddings, and 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. This includes weddings that were $5,000 and weddings that were $100,000. If you know anything about data, having such a big variant in numbers doesn’t really end up yielding an accurate average. In my opinion, the typical “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.] 

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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 $10,000 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 with The V List, I have members indicate what their pricing categories are 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 can definitely be further elaborated upon, but the basics are as follows:

$ = Total wedding budget up to $30,000 

$$ = Total wedding budget $30,000-$90,000

$$$ = Total wedding budget $90,000+  


So my big question is this:

Why are we lumping all of these different types of weddings in with one another 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- and please don’t- rely on the numbers out there indicating the “average cost of a wedding”.

 


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.