by: Lauren

Today’s colorful bridal shower inspiration is sure to brighten your day! With ombre watercolor elements, vintage glassware, and bright, color-blocked florals, these ideas for a bridal shower from Kathy Davies Photography and I Love Love Events are perfect and would make for a fabulous bridal shower design.

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I love the bridesmaids’ looks too, don’t you? What a fun idea for a bridal shower- having a little luncheon or dinner with your best gals, great food, and good drinks!

Have any of you thought about what you would like for your bridal shower? Or maybe you’ve planned one for a friend or relative? Share what you want or what you’ve done already!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Kathy Davies Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: I Love Love Events / Flowers & Decor: Reinhardt Blooms / Beauty: Kyle Ann


by: Lauren

Taking place in an industrial warehouse, Jess and Hunter’s navy and orange wedding incorporated an eclectic mix of rustic elements in with a bit of urban style and vintage details. The unique navy and orange color palette was a perfect way to create a warm, inviting space and bring color into this Nashville wedding captured by Amy Nicole Photography. The beautiful bride, Jess, is here with us today sharing 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 Mom was a huge help when it came to the planning process because she knows me so well. My fiance was deployed during most of the planning process, so having my Mom around to bounce ideas off of was great. I also used Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions as my month before and day of wedding planner. We already had most of the vendors picked out, and Emily helped me look over contracts and find any missing details I hadn’t thought of. She also coordinated everything on the day of the wedding so my family and I could just sit back and enjoy the day without worrying. Having her there made the day go by so smoothly.

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

I wanted to use vendors I knew I could rely on. Asking the people at my venue for recommendations was a great place to start since they know what works in their space. I also wanted to find vendors who understood the kind of wedding I wanted to have. The first time I met with my photographer, Amy Nicole, she mentioned that most of her brides are more excited about getting married than they are about the actual wedding day, and that really stuck with me because that is exactly how I felt.

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

I wanted the wedding to be warm and inviting, not at all stuffy. My favorite color is blue, and my husband’s favorite color is orange, and those colors are very fall appropriate without being too literal. I wanted it to be autumnal without having pumpkins and gourds everywhere. My main focus was the lighting, which was done by Bright Events. It really transforms the space into something magical.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite part was getting married to my favorite person, of course! I also loved listening to my dad play a song that he wrote for me. It was a really special moment that I will cherish forever.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Get someone who is not a friend or relative to coordinate your wedding day, and splurge on the photographer. Trust me.

That is some of the best advice I’ve ever heard! And aren’t Jess and Hunter SO adorable? I love it when you can truly see the love a couple has for each other through their photos! I myself have absolutely fallen in love with this orange and navy color palette- especially Jess’s bouquet!

Are any of you planning on using a pop of color (like orange) in your own color palette! Share what your palette will be in the comments!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Amy Nicole Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kennedy Occasions / Flowers & Decor: Kennedy Occasions / Reception Venue: Houston Station / Catering: Bacon and Caviar / Rentals: Southern Events / Lighting: Bright Event Productions / Cake Baker: Dulce Desserts / DJ: Prime Source Entertainment / Bride’s Dress: Watters from Village Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress / Invitations & Stationery: Minted


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.

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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!

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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.