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Well October is here again. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was writing a post for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Again we must take care of ourselves and our love ones. If you have not been checked, please do. There are places such as Breast Care for Washington that offer low cost options for screenings.

Encourage your mother, sister, daughter, friend and love ones to do it for themselves and those  that depend on their hugs, kisses, advice, and presence. The-Pink-Ribbon-breast-cancer-awareness-372389_792_1056.jpg copy

Recently I also learned it was Domestic Violence Awareness as well.  It is a tough subject to talk about and often the victims remain silent. It may be because they are embarrassed or too scared to tell anyone.  If you need help, click the link to find services in DC  Find Help DC Coalition.


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Is my budget realistic for my area?


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Can I afford a wedding?

This is a question that many people ask often during the wedding process. Often times it is hard for couples to formulate a budget. As I stated before, you have to be able to live your riveting life. So what is a realistic budget for your area.  According to The Knot study, the results are in. Unfortunately, DC is listed as number 12 and Baltimore is close behind at 19.  See the results below:

1. New York – Manhattan $76,328
2. New York – Long Island $55,327
3. New Jersey – North/Central $53,986
4. New York – Westchester/Hudson Valley $52,954
5. Illinois – Chicago $50,934
6. New York – Outer Boroughs $49,781
7. Pennsylvania – Philadelphia $44,090
8. Rhode Island $41,914
9. California – San Francisco/Greater Bay Area $39,690
10. New Jersey – South $39,191
11. California – Santa Barbara/Ventura $39,187
12. Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Suburban Maryland $39,025
13. Connecticut $38,925
14. Massachusetts – Boston $38,665
15. Florida – Southern $38,155
16. California – Los Angeles $37,317
17. Louisiana $35,532
18. Hawaii $34,958
19. Maryland – Baltimore $34,409
20. Texas – Houston $33,809
21. Illinois – Chicago Suburbs $33,391
22. California – Orange County/Inland Empire $33,118
23. California – San Diego $32,941
24. Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh $32,359
25. Texas – Austin/San Antonio $31,886


So what do you think?  Are these the numbers that you thought it would be?


If not it is ok; take a deep breath.  Remember these are averages.   The most important thing you can do as a couple is to set a budget, research the market or hire a wedding planner that knows the market, and decide on what is really important.

Happy Planning,


2014 Wedding Statistics

The Numbers are In!!!



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According to the Knot, the latest wedding statistics are in.  For 2014:

  • Average Wedding Cost: $31,213 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan$76,328 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Utah$15,257 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,357
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 136
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (15%) followed by October (14%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Ivory/White (44%), Blue (37%), Pink (28%), Metallics (26%), Purple (23%)
  • Dark blue specifically has continued to grow every year, from 10% in 2008 to 24% in 2014
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%


WOOO. Take a deep breath.  Remember theses are average which mean, some spent more and some spent less.  You must determine what you and your partner are comfortable with.  After all, this is your riveting life to remember.