by: Lauren

How much do weddings cost? It’s a common question, and we have the answers using information obtained directly from wedding vendors.

 

First, a little note: I’ve had this data about what weddings cost ready for quite a few months now, and delayed sharing it in order to focus on information regarding COVID-19. I’m releasing it now because wedding vendors have been affected tremendously due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and now more than ever it’s so very important to hire professionals for your wedding. I’ve also been hearing about misunderstandings and misinformation regarding wedding pros’ costs, so I decided it was time to share. And plus, having this knowledge of what to expect wedding vendors to cost is one of the most helpful pieces of information you can have when planning your wedding! Let’s get started, shall we? 

We talk a lot about what weddings cost here at Every Last Detail. It’s something that not many like to talk about it, but it’s also VERY important information to know so you can plan a wedding properly. And it’s no secret that our main focus in all we do at ELD is to educate YOU, engaged couples, about weddings. Because we’ve said it before, but we’ll gladly say it again… you can’t be expected to know everything about weddings when you’ve never planned one before!  

Typically, whenever you look into what weddings cost, you’re given data that has been obtained directly from couples and what they spent for their weddings. This info only gives a glimpse of the overall average wedding cost, and includes figures from a wide range of weddings- from those have budgets of $500, all the way to figures like $5,000,000. It’s great to know, BUT it’s SUPER broad, and not necessarily a good reflection of what you can expect wedding vendors to cost

Now, that’s great information to have, but in my 10 years in the wedding industry, I’ve noticed that there tends to be a little bit of a disconnect between what wedding vendors are actually charging, and what couples are expecting (or told to expect) to spend.

So, a few years ago, I started conducting surveys asking WEDDING VENDORS what their couples are typically spending with them. Because I’m all about information and using it to establish realistic expectations… and what better people to hear from than those who are providing the products and services for your wedding?!

Today I’m so excited to be sharing the latest data about what a wedding costs when you use professionals. This data is what surveyed wedding vendors across the US have reported that their couples typically spent with them in 2019.

It’s my hope that by providing you with this information, you will be able to have a better idea of what to expect when it comes to wedding vendor pricing so you can establish expectations for your wedding costs that are both accurate and right for you. 

How Much Do Weddings Cost? via TheELD.com

*Please note that these figures above are averages of what was reported by professional wedding vendors all over the United States.*

A few things to note regarding this data:

*The average guest count for these weddings= 143
*Data represents all of the United States.
*Catering and venues are often times one in the same.

Also, there were a few “categories” not included in the sampling, such as favors, gifts, and fashion. All of these categories are incredibly varied, most of which (except for fashion) are in price ranges of the low hundreds.


It’s important to note that pricing for wedding vendors definitely varies depending on location, level of experience, what you’re specifically getting, guest count, etc. This is also why I included the ranges of responses, to give an even better picture of what wedding professionals are charging. It’s also crucial to recognize that you don’t necessarily need to pay attention to the TOTAL AVERAGE here, as each and every wedding is different.

Over the next few weeks, my team and I will be addressing each vendor type and their associated costs to further expand upon this information, so be on the lookout for that!

 

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by: ELD Team

We couldn’t let the holiday season come and go without sharing these elegant, yet very festive holiday inspired wedding ideas! With the desire to capture all of the traditional colors and textures of Christmas with an elevated and romantic flair, Jennifer Nicole Photography designed and shot her very own winter wonderland in Florida. With a vision in hand, Jennifer assembled a dream team of vendors she knew could bring this very merry shoot to life, starting with The Event Company for vendor coordination and set-up. The beautiful white barn of Protea Weddings & Events gave this team the perfect backdrop – a hint of rustic charm for that warm and cozy Christmas feel, but plenty of natural light and an open layout for that airy elegance.

But, the real show stoppers of this shoot lie in the details! Farm tables decked with pinecones, evergreen, and exposed bark table numbers and place cards make you wish you were sitting down to Christmas dinner right now! The dessert table is decadent to say the least and with mint and red velvet shooters, chocolate cake pops, peppermint chocolate covered pretzel rods, coconut covered strawberries and hand crafted gingerbread custom cookies, just looking at this spread will make you put on a few holiday pounds.

And then there’s that hexagon arch- we love the variety in arch shapes we’ve seen this year and this beauty from Coastal Events is a favorite! No holiday celebration would be complete without some festive beverages and the mobile bar from Marion’s Bar & Bubbles, will have you wishing Santa was bringing you one of your own! And we love how this team incorporated two different looks for their bride and grooms- one with a grey suit from The Modern Groom and a fun, flirty dress, and another with a classic black suit and ballgown! Cheers to this elegant holiday inspired wedding look and wishing you all a beautiful and merry Christmas! 

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And, we LOVE it when we get to see video of everything in action! This one from Jennifer Nicole Photography definitely has us feeling even more of the holiday spirit!

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Host & Planning: Jennifer Nicole Photography // Photography & Videography: Jennifer Nicole Photography // Venue: Protea Weddings & Events // Coordinating & Set-Up: The Event Company // Floral Designer: Angela’s Floral Studio // Gown, Veil & Jewelry: Benedict Bridal // Suit: The Modern Groom // Hair: Simply Stunning You Beauty // Makeup: Beauty by Ashley 904 // Cake/Dessert Bar: LuBelle’s Cakes  // Mobile Bar: Marion’s Bar & Bubbles // Signage/Stationery: Flourish Creative Designs // Flat Lay Styling: Champagne & Grit // Furniture Rentals: The Event Warehouse Company // Tabletop Rentals: The Event Company // Arch: Coastal Events

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by: Lauren

When it comes to choosing an engagement ring, you’re no longer constrained by the limited options showcased on local jewelers’ shelves. But it may be a bit of a foreign concept to navigate, so we’ve partnered with jeweler Taylor & Hart to share tips on how you can create a unique, custom design for your engagement or wedding ring. 

Anything less than a custom engagement ring or wedding band feels impersonal- but thanks to the innovation of softwares like 3D CAD designs and printing, it’s now possible for anyone to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that reflects their style and personality! Let’s have a look at some of the top tips to bear in mind when you customize your engagement or wedding ring.

How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring via TheELD.com

 

Choose a jeweler who will help you design your ring

Finding a jeweler who will listen to you and go the extra mile to guide you through this exciting journey is almost as important as finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Bespoke jewelry is crafted by people for people and it involves authentic, real-life communication. Many jewelry e-tailers say they offer custom service, but very few of them give people the chance to actually speak to real designers, and discuss their ideas in person, over the phone, or via a virtual consultation. (One of the many things that we love about Taylor & Hart is that you can book a virtual consultation with them!) The best starting point is to seek knowledge, ask questions, and let your imagination go wild. A good jeweler will listen to your ideas and help you design the ring of your dreams. 

How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring via TheELD.com

Set a budget

Don’t be afraid to put a limit to your spending. It’s your love that should have no limits, not your budget. We’ve all heard the “three paychecks rule” about engagement rings, or that wedding rings should be 4% of the whole wedding budget. Those rules may suit some, but what matters is your own comfort and financial security.

Your jeweler will be able to fill you in on how you can save on your ring. A few examples of how to do this: opting for a lab-grown diamond rather than a mined one, choosing a non-round diamond shape, getting a halo which optically enlarges the center stone, choosing a fancy colored gemstone over the traditional diamond center. You’ll be surprised to find that there are many ways to spend wisely while maintaining your creativity. 

How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring via TheELD.com

Work with metals

Choosing the right metal for your engagement or wedding ring is entirely up to you- some want it to match their skin tone or fashion taste, others go for durability and maintenance. Platinum, for example, is the easiest to maintain and doesn’t lose its shine, mainly because it doesn’t contain any alloys (like gold) which wear away with time.

Customizing the metal of your ring may refer to the metal finish or texture, which adds character to your ring. No wonder textured gold has been a hit with brides-to-be in the past year. You may feel inspired in the finishing touches, too. Using an ornate filigree technique gives your jewelry a unique vintage look, reminiscent of the Art Deco period, while milgrain is a beading detail that is often found in antique jewelry. Hand and inscription engravings are the most personal you can get with metal work and will definitely ensure you’re not wearing someone else’s ring.

How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring via TheELD.com

Shapes and colors

The gemstone is the show-stopper of an engagement ring, so it’s best to choose the color and cut that will best reflect your personality. Some brides don’t want just one centerstone, which is why they opt for duos, trilogies, or clusters so that they can mix and match gemstone cuts and colors. There are no rules to follow and many celebrities have proven that custom is best- think Emily Ratajkowski’s bespoke pear and princess diamond duo or Lily Collins’ rose cut fancy pink diamond engagement ring. Colored gemstones give you the irresistible opportunity to create something special and unconventional. Remember: your love is like no other love, so why should your ring be?

Nowadays even wedding bands can be set with diamonds or have a diamond pavé. Some are made to match the engagement ring design, others pay extra attention to what the wedding ring reveals about them personally. One can even wear their loved one’s voice on the inside of the ring by engraving the visual pattern of a sound wave. 

How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring via TheELD.com

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Pop of color

You can always design an engagement ring with a fancy colored gemstone, but color can be incorporated in even more subtle ways. On a plain band, color can be incorporated by setting a colored gem on the inside, such as your partner’s birthstone or favorite color. You’ll share a secret known only to the both of you. Some couples put those tiny sparkling messages somewhere within the setting which gives even the most traditional designs an exciting twist.

How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring via TheELD.com

Flora and fauna

Some of the most outstanding engagement and wedding ring designs are inspired by nature. Flowers, branches, animals, luminaries- it’s all part of the organic spectrum and many couples find inspiration in those elements. An organic-inspired ring can incorporate all of the customizable elements above and have a unique, unmistakable charm.

How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring via TheELD.com

 

We certainly learned a lot about creating custom engagement rings and weddings from Taylor & Hart, and we hope you did too! Now pardon us as we go and get lost in the designs they’ve created with couples and dream about a ring upgrade!

 

*This post is part of a sponsored partnership with Taylor & Hart



by: Lauren

We are loving these fresh, modern yellow and green wedding ideas! This gorgeous look took place not too far from Austin, Texas, where a little slice of wedding paradise exists in the form of a beautiful, minimalist venue called Prospect House. Behind every blank slate there is a enthusiastic wedding planner, like Bianca of Bianca Nichole Events, ready to transform it, and my goodness did she create something amazing!

Bianca’s creation started with some decadent menswear – a velvet emerald jacket from The Black Tux that was begging to be paired with some soft yellow and gold tones. The rich, modern color combination became known as “Sweet Like Honey” and woven, geometric details were added to the mix. Some mid-century flair comes through in the selection of rental furniture from Birch and Brass, while the golden backdrop provided by Lucille Photo allowed for some studio-esque photos of the couple, reminiscent of a fashion editorial. Soft yellow taper candles, honeycomb chocolates for each placesetting, and the hexagon signage round out this design that has us buzzing.

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VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Planning: Bianca Nichole Events // Venue: Prospect House // Photographer: Lucille Photo // Dress: Olivia Grace Bridal // Suit: The Black Tux // Florist: Stems Floral Design // Rentals: Birch and Brass // Linens: BBJ Linen // Calligraphy and Signage: Ivelisse Designs // Hair and Makeup: Gloss Beauty Boutique // Fine Chocolates: Charity Teague Confections // Film Lab: Goodmann Film Lab //

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