Your $40,000 Wedding Budget: Where Should the Money Go?

Kate Holstein Photography

Kate Holstein Photography

Loved this article from brides.com – read the whole article here

One of the hardest parts about planning your wedding is setting your wedding budget. Your next most difficult decision? Figuring out how to divide your budget to cover all of your costs.

We’ve already shared how to use $15,000 and $25,000 budgets, so now we’re breaking down the details for couples that have $40,000 to spend. (But if you’re planning to work with a different amount for your own big day, visit our wedding budget tracker to calculate your own custom wedding budget and track payments.)

Dress & Style: $5,200

You have a generous $2,400 to spend on your wedding dress, so start browsing designer galleries and determine what style will suit your best! But remember this number should include alternations, too. If you’re planning to accessorize with a headpiece of veil, you have $400 to spend, and another $400 for your shoes, extra accessories, and jewelry. As for getting glam on your big day, you’ve got $800 in the budget for hair and makeup. Your groom has $400 to spend on his tuxedo or suit. And for your wedding bands, you should plan to spend no more than $800 on both pieces of bling.

Paper Products: $1,600

Plan to spend around $1,200 on your invitations and thank-you cards. Having a hard time picking the perfect customized suite? Visit the BRIDES stationery shop, where you can mix and match your favorite paper picks. While you’re browsing, make sure to check out escort cards, menus, and ceremony programs since you have $400 total to spend on those items.

Ceremony & Reception: $22,000

You’ll need someplace to get married and someone to officiate, so plan to spend $800 total on any ceremony fees and officiant donations, plus $600 to spend on ceremony music.

Your reception, including the venue, rentals, food service, and beverages should set you back about $16,800. You’ve then got $800 to put towards a delicious wedding cake and $3,000 for a DJ or band that will get all of your guests out on the dance floor.

Accommodations & Transportation: $1,200

If you’re planning an amazing entrance or getaway, you’ll need a rental car or limo to drive you and your new husband to and from the reception. You have $600 to spend here, plus another $400 to spend on any guest shuttles. Once the party is all over, you’ll want to unwind in your hotel room — book a space that will set you back no more than $200.

See More: 20 Unique Wedding Cake Toppers

__Flowers & Décor: $3,600 __

Start with your bouquet since you have about $300 to spend on bridal blooms. Then pick out bouquets for your bridesmaids for a total of $400. Choose boutonnieres that will cost no more than $120 total, and spend $40 on an arrangement or loose petals for your flower girl. As for ceremony and reception décor, including a chuppah, aisle runner, or centerpieces plan to spend no more than $2,740.

Photo & Video: $4,800

Booking a great photographer to capture all of your wedding memories is a must. You’ve got $2,800 to spend here and another $2,000 to spend on a videographer.

Favors & Gifts: $1,600

You’ve got $800 to spend on tokens for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Whether you’re giving out favors or donating to a charity in honor of your friends and family, you have $400 to spend on any gifts for guests. And if you want to thank your parents, plan to spend no more than $400 here.

Calculate your own wedding budget here!

Dahlias, one of nature’s truly unique flowers.

Nicked named “Tubers”, they are the national flower to Mexico. These fabulous blooms originated in South America and Mexico, in their mountain regions. One of the more hardy flowers to grow, as long as they are protected from wind, making the mountain range perfect protection. Now, mostly grown in North America in the Pacific North West, by farmers, these beauties make one hardy crop. They grow in between mid-summer to first frost, and take about 8 weeks to grow once planted. They need full sunlight, at least 6-8 hours.

The Dahlias bloom in a variation of sizes, from a 10”-12” dinner plate to a small 2” Lolli pop size. Their wide range of colors include red, pink, white, orange, yellow, purple, and many more. Some of the species may have bi-colored stripes, while others may have a variation of color just on the tips of the petals. Contrary to popular belief, there are no black dahlias, they are actually a deep burgundy color.

Florist use dahlias for almost every kind of celebration, while they are in season. The flower meaning of Dahlias is it that they are a symbol of an everlasting union, which make them great choices for engagements, weddings, and anniversary.

Visit our website HERE for fresh seasonal arrangements available for delivery.

Or view our wedding flower portfolio to see our weddings featuring dahlias.

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Lisianthus is one of nature’s most delicate flowers.

Originating in North America, Lisianthus grows in riverbeds, in the desert and prairie. It gets the nickname of “Texas Blue Bell” and “Prairie Gentian” from growing, in the warmer regions, of Texas, Nebraska, Nevada and Colorado. This soft bloom can be grown in a container inside or in a flower bed. Growers report that seed-grown plants may take 22 to 24 weeks to develop. It is suggested to plant lisianthus seeds in a container then transfer it into your flower bed after this risk of frost is over. Lisianthus needs about 4-6 hours of direct sunlight, and lots of water, but avoid watering when the plant is dormant. Cut flowers of the lisianthus plant last up to two weeks in water .

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Zinnias – The true sign of late summer on the East Coast

Scientific name: Zinnia elegans

History: First discovered as a wildflower by Dr. Johann Gottfried Zinn, a German botanist, who took it back to Europe and started crossbreeding it with other zinnias, making hybrid variations, of the flower.

Meaning: the zinnia flower has several meanings including thoughts of friends, endurance, daily remembrance, goodness and lasting affection. Attracts Butterflies

Origin: strong, drought tolerant sun loving flower that is originally from southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.

Season: In warmer areas with long growing seasons.

Growing: Zinnia flowers are one of the easiest plants grow, and bloom heavily. Zinnias are annuals, so they grow for one season and make great cutting flowers. They grow well in window boxes, and containers. Zinnias are grown from seed; they grow very quickly in the right conditions. Zinnias do not like to be transplanted.

Colors: many shades of red, orange, yellow, white, pinks, lilac and even lime green.

Variations: the zinnia flower can be as small as one inch across or as large as seven inches across.

Stop in for a bouquet of locally grown Zinnias, available now through October.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Bash!

Ali Goodman & Joe Correale New Years Eve Wedding

Venue – The Hyatt Morristown 

Photography –  David E Starke Photography

What a celebration! This vintage glam event in Morristown, NJ was a classic. In proper New Year’s fashion we used white, black, silver and gold. To create the designs we used hundreds of white roses, hydrangeas and Hawaiian orchids. Lots of candles illuminated the room and shimmered the gold glittered runners. This wedding was full of special details including the gold alarm clocks set for 12:00! Metallic balloons and streamers over the dance floor transformed the room. As the ball dropped the ceiling rained confetti! What a way to ring in your new beginning. 

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What is the first word I think of when I hear Valentine’s Day?

Roses.

Maybe because I am a florist but I believe roses are the true expression of love and emotion.

Recently, I visited a grower’s open house to see new rose varieties. The majority of roses are grown in South America. The blooms and colors are awesome but the petal count and vase life are also improving. I try to stay up on the industry trends for my clients but especially for my brides. So many weddings include roses because of the meaning of love and romance but also the range of colors.

For centuries Valentine’s Day has been a time to celebrate love and show appreciation. You will hear women say they don’t care about Valentine’s Day, we find that this is a really just a cover up. They do care! Everyone wants to feel loved and appreciated. Just a single rose and a note will really go a long way.

I look forward to Valentine’s Day to help customers find the perfect expression of flowers!

Our most popular Flowers behind the rose is tulips, gerbera daisies, orchids, calla lilies and hydrangea. Here are the rose meanings to help you choose a good match for your Sweethearts.

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Rose color meanings –

Red – Love, Beauty, Romance & Passion

White- Purity, Innocence, & Peace

Yellow- Joy, Cheer & Delight

Pink- Appreciation, Admiration, & Sweetness

Peach – Appreciation, Sincere Love & Gratitude

Orange-Coral: Desire, Fire, Excitement

Winter Jewels

Mary Kate & David are such an adorable couple and high school sweethearts! This wedding was filled with happiness and true love.

The red bouquets were a gorgeous pop of color against the navy dresses. The rich color combination of navy, deep reds, burgundy, and gold glitter, was so glam!

Tavistock Country Club was a beautiful, classic space for the reception. The flowers were an array of reds and burgundy roses , calla lilies, and cymbidium orchids. The candle light and gold table runners added a great shimmer to the rich red blooms. What a magical event!

Big thanks to Love Me Do Photography , who captured this awesome day and this great couple!Wishing Mary Kate & David a happily ever after!

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Happy Poinsettia Day!

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Today, December 12th, is National Poinsettia Day! To help celebrate this day, we compiled some care tips and facts.  

The rumors about toxicity of the poinsettia plants can spoil all the  holiday cheer! Is it all just a myth: the genus (Euphorbia) to which the poinsettia plant belongs does contain some highly toxic plants, however the popular poinsettia itself is not toxic. Some sources attribute the rumor about the dangers of poinsettia leaves to a case of poisoning in 1919 that led to the death of a two year-old child. At the time, the cause of the poisoning was incorrectly determined to be a poinsettia leaf.

Although the plant itself is not poisonous or deadly, the use of pesticides and fertilizers during growing could cause an upset stomach.

These tropical plants are native to Mexico – Euphorbia Pulcherrima

Here is how to care for those bright wonders:

Light – Place it near a sunny window. South, east or west facing windows are preferable to a north facing window. Poinsettias are tropical pants and will appreciate as much direct sunlight as you can provide.

Heat – For best results maintain a temperature of 65 – 75 degrees F. during the day. Dropping the temperature to about 60 degrees F. at night will not hurt the plant. However, cold drafts and extreme shifts in temperature will cause the leaves to drop.

Water – Water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but don’t let the plant sit in water. If your home tends to be dry and your poinsettia is in direct light, you will find yourself watering frequently, possibly every day.

Humidity – Lack of humidity during dry seasons, in particular winter, is an ongoing houseplant problem.

Haddon Fort Nightly wedding-Haddonfield NJ

This vintage inspired autumn wedding was filled with excitement and personized touches. When we first met Dorcas she was so excited to design her special day. The Haddon Fort Nightly was the perfect space for this Haddonfield wedding. The colors pallet used was pale blush pinks, Ivory, soft greens and a few succulents with a splash of gold. We loved being a part of this charming event with Sensational host catering and Alison Dunn Photography. Best wishes to Dorcas and Andrew! We are also preserving her wedding bouquet for her, in a custom shadow box to help capture their memories.

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Sammie & Kevin’s summer garden party wedding!

From the first time we met Sammie and Kevin, We knew that they were a true love story.  Sammie loves flowers, and Kevin loves Sammie.  She really wanted to create a lush and romantic garden party wedding. We used a variety of garden roses, tea roses, and hydrangea. The DuPont Country Club was a wonderful setting for her whimsical and lush garden celebration! A special thanks to Heather Curley of Twelve Stones Photography for sharing their photos with us!

 

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