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.



What’s in a name

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What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet

Shakespeare penned it correctly (from Romeo and Juliet). For weddings, roses are a popular flower and the great part is they are available all year long. This is great for those that love roses. There are three common types of roses: spray roses, standard roses and garden roses.


For theses that love color roses are an excellent option. Roses come in shades of white, red, pink, purple, yellow, green, peach/coral and orange.


Morris Gardens does an excellent job of providing the meanings of the shades of roses. Popular wedding color meanings are:

  • Red- love, beauty, romantic love
  • White- Happy love
  • Pink- Perfect happiness
  • Lavender- Love at first site

What every color you decide, roses can be an great choice for your wedding. Enjoy the image below from Flirty Fluer.


Orange Rose Study

Where to Start

There are a lot of questions once you realize you are getting married. Hopefully you have told your love ones about your good news. After that engaged couples usually will run online and find a bridal book that has pockets and dividers and looks great. Well that is great but these books will not answer your questions.

To start, have a conversation with your fiancée and talk about what you all dream your wedding will be.  Is it small and intimate or filled with both of your large families. Will it be in your backyard, at your favorite restaurant or in an immaculate hotel?  Once you have answered this question, start a list of the people who you would like to invite to get a sense of your guest count.   This will help you find venues that can fit the people who you invite.

Next look at money.  Will your both pay for the whole affair or will other contribute to your wedding? How much will everyone spend. When will the money be available to put down for deposits.

There are a lot of thing to think about before you send out your invitations.  Enjoy planning.


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