Friday, March 16, 2012

'The True Cost of a Wedding...'

(Photo courtesy of 'Stellasweet Photography')

Ok ladies, and gentlemen too, here they are, the 'cold hard facts' of what it costs to host a wedding in the US today.  Thanks to Dahlia Rideout with 'Divine Caroline', the truth is out.  It's doubt about it!  

Take a look at the diagram Ms. Rideout put's quite 'eye-opening'.

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One fact that caught my eye right off the bat was the average cost spent on a guest.  When couples are discussing who they are and are not going to invite to their wedding, Marjorie always says...'Rule of Thumb', if you wouldn't hand them $200, don't invite them'.  And how 'right-on' she is!  According to Ms. Rideout, the average cost per guest is, $194.  So, that's something to consider...seriously!   Maybe Aunt Melba who you've only seen in old family photos really doesn't need to be invited after all.  Cha-ching...$200 saved.  

 (Photo courtesy of 'Turning Leaf Studios')

Now, before you get all depressed and call the wedding off, there are several ways to cut costs.  One way is to hire a wedding planner to help you manage your budget and find ways for you to creatively 'trim the fat' without it showing.  

Another way is to check out a couple of great websites which are chalked full of ways to help you save money.

'The Broke-Ass Bride' is a great resource.  Just their name says it all!!!!  Right?

The 'Budget Savvy Bride' is also a 
great resource for good ideas and
money saving DIY projects. 

So don't despair! There is light at the end of your 'Tunnel of Love'!  Really!

 (Photo courtesy of 'Jagger Photography')

Want to find out what the average cost of a wedding in your area is...go to 'Cost of Wedding' and type in your zip code.  Regardless of your budget, you can have a dream wedding.  You may need to get  a little creative...but it can be done!  Happy Planning!

Until next time...

Making YOUR wedding InnCredible!
'InnCredible Events'

(Photo courtesy of 'Stellasweet Photography')

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