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.



Wedding Stationary Timeline

Timeline for Invitation

Found on Pinterest and thought this was great.


I found this timeline on Pintest and thought this is extremely helpful for couples.  Invitations are common but save the dates is a relatively newer trend.  These are formal announcements to people that you will be inviting to you wedding and reception of the date and location of your. By location we mean city and state. Save the Dates are great if you are having a destination wedding, getting married in a busy travel season or have a lot of guest from out of town.  

You can use an engagement shoot as a chance to get comfortable with your photographer and have a picture for your save the date.  If you are getting married in the winter and it is currently summer don’t worry about trying to make it look as if you are dressed for winter. Enjoy and have fun. 
Laugh, Love, Dream,

Riveting Events 

Spring, Really?

Alternative Location: Plan B

Alternative Location

Well the calendar says it is spring but it really hasn’t felt like it in Washington, DC. With this in mind, I have been thinking about brides and grooms who want to have their wedding outdoors. Nature is wonderful and can be breathtaking however we still don’t have control over it.

So what is the purpose of this rant have a “Plan B”, alternative location. I know this is unpopular but Mother Nature has her own mind. If you prepare yourself your day will be perfect for you and your vendors.

Happy Planning!

Color of the Year

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Have you chosen your colors????

Well this years Pantone’s color of the year is Marsala.


Pantone describes it as “A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.”   This is a great color for romance now.

For those that do not prefer red, there are designer that are interpreting marsala for a dusty mauve.  Enjoy the color of the year.