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!

How Much Do Wedding Flowers Cost? Straight from a Wedding Florist

How much do wedding flowers cost?

A note from the florist:

As a wedding florist, weddings are my life.  Week in and week out, I plan, prep, create and design wedding flowers.  When the weekend arrives, I’m delivering, overseeing set up, styling and watching it all come together.

It takes much dedication, it is my passion and I love my job!

There is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes that many are unaware of, which separates flower design as a profession vs. flower design as a hobby.  A wedding requires much organization, paperwork and sourcing,  along with finding the best flowers and materials for the event.  My team meets to discuss the details and requests of the clients.  This allows us all to collaborate on the event design.

The week of the wedding flowers are received, processed, hydrated and thorns removed.  They go into a cooling period in the fridge for 24 hours to follow. It is important to know the care of each flower variety to ensure success for an event.

Something Blue Wedding Photography (www.somethingbluenj.com

Something Blue Wedding Photography (www.somethingbluenj.com)

An experienced florist who has been designing and preparing flowers for hundreds of weddings before yours  is well worth the money.  Here’s why:

Quality Product – You need your flowers to be right the first time because there are no “take twos” for your wedding day!

Design Meetings – Our process begins with the client scheduling their first design meeting.  At this first meeting you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to lay out the details of your wedding – the who’s, what’s, when’s and where’s.  We will also ask a few design questions about your colors, details and theme.

Then a floral consultation begins, at this point I want to get an overview of your wedding flower ideas and arrangements. I love when the client is an open book expressing favorites and dislikes. The client usually will come with photos and style boards to share ideas of the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and centerpieces. We use our portfolio of designs to help further clarify the direction of details and designs.

Professional Planning – Once the designs are decided, we will have colors established and style direction for the event. After the style we have to be sure that the budget matches the dream.  I begin to break down the various elements, including which flowers and foliage will be needed and the quantity for each. As a professional florist there a lot of moving parts like what type and how many vases to buy, along with the when and where to deliver bouquets and coordinating setup time(s) for the ceremony and and reception.  I am required to be organized in my thoughts and creative in spirit at all times.

Detailed Organization – Once your wedding day is getting near, the next step is to start ordering an negotiating with local suppliers and growers. We need to confirm availability, create recipes for each design, contact and communicate with your ceremony venue, reception venue and wedding planner. The planning of delivery involves logistics along with staffing, time schedules and other final details.  As the florist, I have many details to juggle and organize – all of which is included in your price.

We are here to make it easy but all of this takes time.

Tiffany Atlas Photography (www.http://atlasweddingphotography.com/)

Tiffany Atlas Photography
(www.atlasweddingphotography.com/)

Budgeting:

When budgeting for your wedding we find that there are no loop holes or secrets. You will always get what you pay for.

Remember flowers will be in all of your photos so you want them to look good. Hiring an experienced florist will prevent you from falling victim to the broken, wilting bouquets.  Be sure to ask your florist how they handle and care for their blooms.  An experienced and knowledgeable florist will gladly explain their care and handling process because they are proud of what they do – it is their work of art.

Designing flowers looks easy but there is so much to the art. Many years of experience and expertise go into those blooming arrangements.

Each florist has their own price points.  We don’t keep our prices secret.  This allows our clients to get an initial idea of how much they can anticipate to spend.  Please CLICK HERE to view our general pricing guide.

Danielle and Kyle Kraszewski – May 2014

Danielle and Kyle were married earlier this May. Danielle loved the idea of the bright red flowers popping against the ocean blue bridesmaid dresses. We loved that she chose a bold paring! Congratulations to you both, we wish you all the best! Thank you to Douglas Photographics for sharing her photos with us!

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Douglas & Shauna Rowe Wedding – May 2014

Thank you Roxann Thomas Photography for sending us photos of Shauna, she looks beautiful! Shauna chose pink Sorbonne Lilies, gorgeous Geraldine Garden Roses and white Hydrangea for her wedding. Her reception was at Lakeside Manor in Gibbsboro New Jersey.

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Leigh Florist – Wedding Flowers, Flower Shop, NJ Wedding Florist, PA Wedding Florist, South Jersey Wedding Florist

   Leigh Florist is a boutique floral studio in South Jersey.  Our team provides full service floral design for everyday arrangements and events.  We specialize in wedding and event design and offer custom bouquet preservation.

We invite you to experience our fresh flowers, artistic designs, and friendly service!

Stop in or call us! 856.547.1090 Visit our website here

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Erin and Dan – September 2013

Congratulations to Erin and Dan!  We wish you all the best for your bright future together!

Ceremony Location: Church of Incarnation – Mantua, NJ

Reception Location: Hotel Monaco – Philadelphia, PA

Photographer: JPG Photography

Videographer: Be Films

Check out the video here: Erin and Dan Tie the Knot

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Fall Weddings

Last week, The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ had a bridal show. The Leigh Florist table was visited by many brides of different personalities and wedding visions. There were, however, many similarities between each of the brides we spoke to. Most of the brides are getting married next October or November which we expected from this group since it is advised that wedding preparations begin about a year in advance. (Don’t worry about picking flowers until seven or eight months before the wedding. Get big things out of the way such as the venue, guest list, and bridal gown/bridesmaid dresses first. Having the venue and dresses picked will help determine flowers and arrangements that will coordinate.)

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The most popular colors were pink and purple followed by deep red/wine and orange. The colors, especially the red and orange, reflect on the autumn season. Some brides wanted to really emphasize the fall theme. One way to incorporate this idea is to use dried leaves as accents in their bouquets. Pumpkins can be hollowed out to be used as vases for floral center pieces and leaves, berries, gourds, apples, acorns and pumpkins can be used to decorate tables. For outdoor weddings, I’ve seen leaves used to distinguish the sides of the aisle leading up to the altar.

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However, brides shouldn’t feel forced to use Autumn decorations or colors just because their wedding falls at this time. If they want to have a fall-inspired wedding that just hints at the season instead of using the obvious decorations, this can still be accomplished through other elements. Vickie’s Vintage blog offers color palettes (shown below) other than the usual red, gold, and orange that still have the Autumn feel. Lanterns with candles provide the warm, cozy ambiance that’s associated with fall and decorating with accents of twine, berries, branches and curly willow also gives a subtle fall feel.

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Many of brides at the show asked us what flowers would be available for fall weddings. They seemed to be concerned that there wouldn’t be a huge selection now that we are approaching colder and harsher weather. However, this is certainly not the case. There are many flowers that blossom in the fall and choosing in-season flowers will help cut the cost of arrangements. Fall flowers include mums, lilies, roses, ranunculus, hydrangea, gerbera daisies, and orchids. These flowers come in many different  shades particularly white, yellow, orange, and red which will really emphasize a fall-inspired wedding. Also, brides can feel free to punctuate bouquets and boutonnieres with berries and dried leaves if they so choose.

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If you decide to get married in the fall and none of this floats your boat, that’s okay. Just come to your floral consultation prepared with a color scheme, fabric swatches if possible, and your imagination and we’ll help you design the wedding that’s perfect for you.

To schedule a consultation, follow this link: http://www.leighflorist.com/new-jersey-wedding-flowers/wedding-flowers-consultation/

 

-Lacey Bouchard

Sources:

http://vickiesvintage.blogspot.com/2013/07/wedding-theme-wednesday-fall-20132014.html

Nicole and Stephen – June 2013

Congratulations to Nicole and Stephen!

You two had such beautiful weather on your wedding day!

Venue: Congress Hall – Cape May, NJ

Photographer: Artwork Photography

Wedding Planner: Michelle Scanzano – All Things Beautiful

 

The men's boutonnieres included white garden tea roses and silver grey pods to accent.

The men’s boutonnieres included white garden tea roses and silver grey pods to accent.

 

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Nicole's bouquet included garden roses, garden tea roses, hydrangea and peonies.

Nicole’s bouquet included garden roses, garden tea roses, hydrangea and peonies.

 

Sara & Harry – June 2013

A big congratulations to Sara and Harry!  We wish you all the best!

Photographer: M2 Photography – A big thank you to Melissa McManus for providing their beautiful photos!

Venue: Trump National Golf Club – Pine Hill, NJ

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Nicole requested very pale peach tones, ivory/white and pops of coral shades. Her bouquet included roses, calla lilies, japonica, and small tufts of foliage to accent.

 

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Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Harry wore a calla lily boutonniere while his best man and groomsmen wore rose boutonnieres.

 

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Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Sara’s petite toss bouquet!

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Philadelphia Wedding Photography

We created tall centerpieces with pale yellow, lime green, oranges, and pale pink using viburnum, hydrangea, roses, lisianthus and other seasonal blooms. We paired these tall arrangements with low lush arrangements to match.

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

For her bridesmaids, Sara chose bright shades of corals and bright greens to accent. The bouquets were made of roses and cymbidium orchids with foliage to finish.

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Alison & Chris – June 2013

Congratulations to Alison & Chris!  We were delighted to be a part of your special day!  You looked beautiful!

Venue: Belle Voir Manor – Bensalem, PA

Photographer: Laura Leigh Photo

Laura Leigh Photo did such a great job – the photos are gorgeous!!

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Such a lovely couple!

Such a lovely couple!

Alison's bouquet included lush and lovely roses, tea roses, hydrangea and calla lilies.

Alison’s bouquet included lush and lovely roses, tea roses, hydrangea and calla lilies.

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Alison's bridesmaids carried bouquets of white hydrangea, pink roses and pink cymbidium orchids.  They really popped against the black dresses!

Alison’s bridesmaids carried bouquets of white hydrangea, pink roses and pink cymbidium orchids. They really popped against the black dresses!

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Tall centerpieces with hydrangea, peonies, stock, roses and draping ivy accented the tables of the reception hall.

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