Hello to all 2014 brides-to-be from Jim Casey, owner of the Maine Wedding Planner.
Whoa? Did you say 2014? Is that for real?
Strange as it may sound, it is here and the time to start planning is NOW!
This is an exciting time, but it can also be among the most stressful.
The recession for the most part is over and the average cost of a wedding will start to rise again. However, there you can still find some great wedding deals out there. You have to be willing to take the time and look.
You may find the deals, but it is still possible to overspend on your wedding day without ever knowing it. What can you do to avoid getting caught in the vacuum that is wedding spending frenzy?
Make a budget and stick to it.
Easier said than done, right?
Let’s talk dollars and sense (spelled purposely this way). There are a lot of factors that go into formulating a budget. Will your wedding and reception be on the water? Expect to pay top dollar.
Want to have it at a private home? Caterers charge extra for on-site service plus you then have to make sure to find one with a liquor license…then you have to rent a tent.
What it is really all about is prioritizing. What is the priority for your wedding day? Artistic photography, live music, elegantly planned? Chair covers?
Below are some of the typical costs for a wedding in Maine. The lower end of the spectrum is typical of VFW Hall and American Legion locations while the higher end moneywise represents exclusive resorts on the coast.
Invitations, Announcements and Thank You Notes $ 250.00 – $500
Flowers $ 400 – 2,000.00
Photography $ 900.00 – 5,000
Videography $ 700.00 – 3,000
Music (DJ) $ 400.00 – 2,000
Music (Band, Etc.) $ 1,000 – 6,000
Officiant & Ceremony Site $ 200 – 700
Transportation (Limo, Carriage, Etc.) $ 350 – 800
Gifts for Attendants $ 300 – 600
Wedding Rings $ 250 – 1000
Engagement Ring $ 1,000 – 3,000
Rehearsal Dinner $ 750 – 3,000
Bride’s Gown $ 700 – 4,000
Wedding Veil & Headpiece up to $ 200.00
Bridesmaids’ Apparel (for 5 bridesmaids) up to $ 1000
Mother of the Bride’s Apparel up to $ 1000
Groom’s Rental Tuxedo $ 150
Groomsmen’s Rental Tuxedos $ 100 – 150 per Tuxedo
Catering $ 2,000 – 25,000
Honeymoon up to $ 5,000
Again, you can see the wide range of costs dependant upon where the wedding is located, how much experience your professional has and how much in demand they are in.
Don’t shy away from off-season weddings. You can save up to 50% or more in the winter and early springtime.
Splurge only in areas that you truly believe matter to the success of your wedding day. When you do, your guests will thank you for it and more importantly, your guests will thank you for it.