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The Advanced Guide to Using Social Media for Events

March 21, 2016
Advanced Guide to Social Media for Events

Social media for events can be tough. It can be disappointing. It can be expensive.

But it doesn’t need to be any of these things. Most event planners struggle on social media because they simply aren’t doing it right. There are a number of reasons your social media could be failing, but all of them are addressed in our eBook:

Free eBook for Event Planners: The Advanced Guide to Using Social Media for Events

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Real Wedding Prices for America’s 25 Most Expensive Cities

March 9, 2016

Recently, Thumbtack made a post titled “Top 25 Most Expensive Cities to Throw a Wedding in 2016“, but it was met with much controversy because the numbers given in the article were just plain wrong. Check out the price of a New York City wedding:

Top 25 Most Expensive Cities to Throw a Wedding in 2016: New York City

$16,000 is way to low for a NYC wedding, so we’ve teamed up with costofwedding.com to set the record straight. We’ve kept the list in the same order, though you’ll quickly notice that the realistic pricing makes the order given by thumbtack no longer correct.

25. Sacramento, CA

Couples that live in Sacramento, CA spend between $14,857 and $24,761 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $6,537 – $10,895
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $9,954 – $16,590
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $15,897 – $26,495
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $20,502 – $34,171
Number of guests more than 300 $39,668 – $66,113

24. Charleston, SC

Couples that live in Charleston, SC spend between $18,716 and $31,194 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $8,235 – $13,725
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $12,540 – $20,900
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $20,026 – $33,377
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $25,828 – $43,047
Number of guests more than 300 $49,972 – $83,287

23. Rochester, NY

We couldn’t find any data on Rochester, NY wedding prices. If you have any information please help us out by letting us know in the comments below!

22. Austin, TX

Couples that live in Austin, TX spend between $25,963 and $43,271 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $11,424 – $19,039
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $17,395 – $28,992
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $27,780 – $46,300
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $35,829 – $59,714
Number of guests more than 300 $69,321 – $115,534

If you’re looking to plan a Austin Wedding, check out some of the great wedding venues right here on VenueCenter!

21. Columbus, OH

Couples that live in Columbus, OH spend between $23,645 and $39,408 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $10,404 – $17,339
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $15,842 – $26,403
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $25,300 – $42,166
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $32,629 – $54,382
Number of guests more than 300 $63,131 – $105,218

20. Portland, OR

Couples that live in Portland, OR spend between $18,782 and $31,304 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $8,264 – $13,774
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $12,584 – $20,974
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $20,097 – $33,495
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $25,920 – $43,199
Number of guests more than 300 $50,149 – $83,581

19. Memphis, TN

Couples that live in Memphis, TN spend between $6,905 and $11,508 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $3,038 – $5,063
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $4,626 – $7,710
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $7,388 – $12,313
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $9,528 – $15,880
Number of guests more than 300 $18,435 – $30,725

18. Detroit, MI

Couples that live in Detroit, MI spend between $9,607 and $16,011 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $4,227 – $7,045
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $6,437 – $10,728
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $10,279 – $17,132
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $13,257 – $22,096
Number of guests more than 300 $25,650 – $42,750

17. Seattle, WA

Couples that live in Seattle, WA spend between $14,159 and $23,598 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $6,230 – $10,383
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $9,486 – $15,810
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $15,150 – $25,249
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $19,539 – $32,565
Number of guests more than 300 $37,803 – $63,005

16. Milwaukee, WI

Couples that live in Milwaukee, WI spend between $16,905 and $28,175 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $7,438 – $12,397
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $11,326 – $18,877
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $18,088 – $30,147
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $23,329 – $38,882
Number of guests more than 300 $45,136 – $75,227

15. Chicago, IL

Couples that live in Chicago, IL spend between $26,615 and $44,358 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $11,710 – $19,517
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $17,832 – $29,720
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $28,478 – $47,463
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $36,728 – $61,213
Number of guests more than 300 $71,061 – $118,435

14. Los Angeles, CA

Couples that live in Los Angeles, CA spend between $15,760 and $26,266 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $6,934 – $11,557
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $10,559 – $17,598
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $16,863 – $28,105
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $21,748 – $36,247
Number of guests more than 300 $42,079 – $70,131

13. Miami, FL

Couples that live in Miami, FL spend between $21,041 and $35,069 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $9,258 – $15,430
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $14,098 – $23,496
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $22,514 – $37,524
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $29,037 – $48,395
Number of guests more than 300 $56,180 – $93,634

12. Boston, MA

Couples that live in Boston, MA spend between $24,348 and $40,580 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $10,713 – $17,855
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $16,313 – $27,189
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $26,052 – $43,421
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $33,600 – $56,000
Number of guests more than 300 $65,009 – $108,349

11. New Orleans, LA

Couples that live in New Orleans, LA spend between $6,895 and $11,491 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $3,034 – $5,056
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $4,619 – $7,699
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $7,377 – $12,296
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $9,515 – $15,858
Number of guests more than 300 $18,409 – $30,682

If you’re looking to plan a New Orleans Wedding, check out some of the great wedding venues right here on VenueCenter!

10. Minneapolis, MN

Couples that live in Minneapolis, MN spend between $24,545 and $40,909 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $10,800 – $18,000
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $16,445 – $27,409
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $26,263 – $43,772
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $33,872 – $56,454
Number of guests more than 300 $65,536 – $109,226

9. Washington, DC

We couldn’t find any data on Washington, DC wedding prices. If you have any information please help us out by letting us know in the comments below!

8. Cleveland, OH

Couples that live in Cleveland, OH Zip Code spend between $10,876 and $18,126 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $4,785 – $7,976
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $7,287 – $12,145
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $11,637 – $19,395
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $15,009 – $25,014
Number of guests more than 300 $29,038 – $48,397

7. San Jose, CA

Couples that live in San Jose, CA spend between $28,248 and $47,080 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $12,429 – $20,715
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $18,926 – $31,544
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $30,225 – $50,376
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $38,982 – $64,970
Number of guests more than 300 $75,422 – $125,704

6. San Francisco, CA

Couples that live in San Francisco, CA spend between $27,921 and $46,535 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $12,285 – $20,475
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $18,707 – $31,178
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $29,875 – $49,792
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $38,531 – $64,218
Number of guests more than 300 $74,549 – $124,248

5. Providence, RI

Couples that live in Providence, RI spend between $16,158 and $26,930 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $7,110 – $11,849
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $10,826 – $18,043
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $17,289 – $28,815
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $22,298 – $37,163
Number of guests more than 300 $43,142 – $71,903

4. Baltimore, MD

Couples that live in Baltimore, MD spend between $15,488 and $25,814 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $6,815 – $11,358
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $10,377 – $17,295
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $16,572 – $27,621
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $21,374 – $35,623
Number of guests more than 300 $41,354 – $68,923

3. Pittsburgh, PA

Couples that live in Pittsburgh, PA spend between $14,218 and $23,696 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $6,256 – $10,426
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $9,526 – $15,876
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $15,213 – $25,355
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $19,620 – $32,701
Number of guests more than 300 $37,961 – $63,269

2. Philadelphia, PA

Couples that live in Philadelphia, PA spend between $17,450 and $29,084 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $7,678 – $12,797
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $11,692 – $19,486
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $18,672 – $31,120
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $24,081 – $40,136
Number of guests more than 300 $46,592 – $77,654

1. New York, NY

Couples that live in New York, NY spend between $25,201 and $42,001 on average for their wedding.

Number of guests less than 50 $11,088 – $18,481
Number of guests between 50 and 100 $16,885 – $28,141
Number of guests between 100 and 200 $26,965 – $44,941
Number of guests between 200 and 300 $34,777 – $57,962
Number of guests more than 300 $67,286 – $112,143
Corporate Events, Corporate Parties, Event Planning, Featured, Tips

5 Things to Learn From Hollywood’s Top Event Planners

March 7, 2016
5 Things to Learn From Hollywood's Top Event Planners

Every year Hollywood’s best event planners plan and throw extravagant corporate parties and events, especially around the bigger awards shows like the Oscars. With some of the event planners throwing these parties for 27+ years, they’ve accumulated a wealth of information and are willing to pass it along to anyone interested.

Here are the 5 things you need to learn from Hollywood’s top event planners:

1. Put energy into all of the senses

One of the biggest suggestions was to invest time and resources into all of the senses, many event planners take care of 2 senses, sight and sound, but incorporating the other senses into your event makes for a more memorable experience. Guests will remember how the event made them feel, because they were able to feel the event with all of their senses.

2. Stay mindful of the food you serve guests

Food can be a tricky thing, and many will order catering without putting enough thought into what type of food they are serving their guests. Will you guests have eaten recently? Do they expect a formal dinner or are they looking for food to be more of a snack. Will the food ruin their nice clothes and jewelry? All of these are things to take into consideration.

3. Bad lighting is the biggest buzzkill

According to some of Hollywood’s best planners, having an event with bad lighting is the worst thing you can do. The lighting sets the mood for the event and plays a major role in how the guests will interact with each other and the event venue itself. Lighting can be used to encourage guests to remain in certain areas or to call attention to certain items.

4. It’s as much about the small things as it is the big things

While many event planners would tell you not to stress the small things (this is especially common advice in wedding planning), the crowd in Hollywood argues that the little things are just as important as the big things. They suggest you take the same amount of time and care on the flowers, the valet, the way refreshments are provided, and other “small” things as you do the larger items to improve guest satisfaction.

5. The layout is of the utmost importance. Make no guest feel like they’ve been B-Listed

While this advice may seem like it only matters because of the celebrities in Hollywood, this advice is surprisingly relevant at all events. The idea is that every guest who attends your event should have the same experience. This means they all have the same amount of space, the same view, the same decorations and they all leave the venue feeling the same way: Glad they attended and looking forward to next years event.

Event Venues, Featured

The 5 Technologies Every Event Venue Must Have

March 3, 2016
Event Technology

Event planners are getting increasingly frustrated with venues lack of technology. The majority of event planners aren’t looking for cutting edge technology in a venue (such as VR, and social media walls) and instead want more conservative, service focused technologies. In other words:

Event planners don’t expect cutting edge, they expect excellent service.

Here are the 5 technologies that event planners consider must haves when considering a venue:

1. Reliable, High-Speed WiFi

Event professionals consider WiFi a basic requirement for any venue. Here is what every event planner wants out of your venue’s WiFi:

  • WiFi should be included at no extra charge.
  • Internet access needs to be reliable, with a strong WiFi signal at all parts of the venue.
  • Internet speeds should be 10 Mbps or (preferably) faster.

2. Large TV’s or Projection Screens

Large TV’s or a set up with large screens and projectors is another crucial feature for event planners. This is almost as important as WiFi and should be considered a necessity.

3. Dedicated AV Technicians

This may come as a surprise, but it makes sense when you consider the larger picture. This stresses the importance of the service part of technology. Having a good AV technician will help build a relationship with event professionals and they will in turn, book your venue again and again.

4. Changeable Lighting

The ability to change a venue’s lighting is a strong incentive. The lighting can control the mood, flow and theme of the event. The demand for changeable lighting emphasizes event planners desire for a flexible venue.

5. Choice of Microphones

Another choice that emphasizes the desire for flexibility when choosing venues, event professionals want to be able to choose the microphones which they are using at the event. Your venue will make event planners even more satisfied if you can provide a choice in audio equipment as well!

A Technology Worth Mentioning: Virtual Venue Tours

Another tech that is on many event professionals radars is virtual venue tours. This service isn’t one of the most popular technologies, but it is rising in popularity and is poised to become another must have in the next few years. Google is one of the biggest providers in this category and has the bonus of including a virtual tour in your local maps listing.

Virtual tours are especially helpful in the research phase of choosing a venue. Venue search engines and directories are gaining in popularity as well and are now the 3rd most popular way of finding venues. If you’re looking for some extra exposure consider getting your venue listed.

Sources:

The Venue of the Future

Featured, Wedding Themes and Colors

September Wedding Colors: 5 Perfect Palettes

February 29, 2016
September Wedding Colors

September wedding colors are more bright and vibrant than you would expect! Because it’s just the beginning of Fall, there are plenty of colors to choose from and your wedding will look great. These 5 wedding color palettes are unique, colorful and perfect for a September wedding. Check them out below!

September Wedding Colors:

Lavender and Gray Wedding

A wedding color scheme that’s both muted and colorful, this combination of lavender, light slate gray and lavender pinocchio is one of my top choices for purple wedding combinations.

September Wedding Colors: Lavender and Gray Wedding

Peach and Green Wedding

The brightest wedding color combination on this list, this blend of peach, mango and green mist make for a truly unique and vibrant fall wedding.

Fall Wedding Colors: Peach Green and Orange Wedding

Cranberry Wedding

Taking a traditional wedding color like cranberry and blending it with more modern wedding colors is a up and coming trend that looks great! These wedding colors blend cranberry with frost blue and tan to achieve a beautifully modern fall wedding!

September Wedding Colors: Cranberry wedding

Teal and Burnt Orange Wedding

Burnt orange is a popular choice for fall weddings and has been for a while. This makes it easy to find decorations for this color and when you blend it with another common color like teal you get a September wedding that’s both easy to decorate and vibrant and timeless.

Fall Wedding Colors: Teal White and Burnt Orange Wedding

Burnt Orange Wedding

If you’re looking for neutral September wedding colors, a combination of burnt orange, beige and white is stunning. The burnt orange is a classic choice for fall wedding colors and when it’s blended with white and beige you’ll have a set of wedding colors that’ll never go out of style and perfectly sets the mood for a fall wedding.

September Wedding Colors: Burnt Orange Wedding

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June Wedding Colors: 5 Simply Beautiful Combinations

February 22, 2016

June wedding colors add all the bright, bountiful color of summer to your wedding’s decor. The 5 trendy and beautiful wedding color schemes on this list are sure to leave you and your guests stunned by the beauty of your wedding.

June Wedding Colors

Turquoise, Soft Yellow and Grass Green

A very unique wedding color combination, this set of turquoise, soft yellow and grass green looks great at a June wedding. The sky like turquoise is accented by grass green which is reminiscent of – you guessed it – grass and soft yellow which mimics the summer flowers.

June Wedding Color Combo

Coral Pink, Navy and Gold

A very modern combination of June wedding colors, this color scheme combines coral pink, navy and gold to create a modern, trendy feel while still being able to impress the more traditional guests at your wedding.

June Wedding Color Scheme

Coral, Pink and Natural Green

A perfect color scheme for vintage June weddings, this combination of coral, pink and natural green seemingly do the impossible by capturing the colors of summer while still remaining traditional and classic.

Spring Wedding Colors

Turquoise and Pastel Purple

A perfect duo, the turquoise and pastel purple compliment each other on several levels. First, the bright and vibrant turquoise acts as a counter for the more muted and understated pastel purple. The colors themselves are complimentary and finally, both lie on the cool side of the color spectrum. These work well for mismatched wedding dresses.

Summer Wedding Colors

Blue and Cinnabar Green

For a two color wedding color scheme that’ll never go out of style, choose blue and cinnabar green. This duo of June wedding colors is sure to amaze your guests and leave them wondering how such a beautiful wedding could come from such a simple choice in color.

Blue and Green Wedding

More Wedding Colors by Month:

May Wedding Colors

April Wedding Colors

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January Wedding Colors: 8 Perfect Color Schemes

February 15, 2016

 

With January still being in the winter, January wedding colors will closely match winter wedding colors. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a colorful wedding!

Most of the color schemes on this list are plenty colorful. They make use of muted pastels to add color in a way that still plays off the natural beauty and wonder created by winter.

Here are the January Wedding Colors:

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1. Silver Wedding

Starting off the list with a simple suggestion, the silver wedding plays on the one color trend that is currently very popular. The silver will stand out against the white winter and provide a simple and elegant wedding color scheme.

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2. White Wedding

Nothing beats the classic winter wedding color scheme! A white wedding is as absolutely stunning and gorgeous as it was when it first became a major trend. If you’re looking for a simple January wedding color, you can’t go wrong with an eye-catching white wedding.=

spring color schemes

3. Blue and White Wedding Colors

Now we are beginning to add a pop of color! The royal blue in this color scheme will brighten up a January wedding while the white and light steel blue mimic the muted colors of the sky and snow outside.

January color schemes

4. Brown, Silver and Ivory Wedding

mimicking the colors outside, this combination of burly wood, silver and ivory is perfect for a rustic, more natural January wedding. It would look especially great at a barn wedding venue.

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5. Powder Blue, Grayed Jade and Ivory (My Favorite January Wedding Colors!)

What can I say about these wedding colors except that they are awesome in every way! They are simple, yet unique. Colorful, but muted. Traditional and trendy.

January wedding colors

6. Shades of Pink and Purple

This combination of colors is trendy, bright and vibrant. If you want to go against the norm and choose something really unique this is a great choice. It’s colorful and out of the box, but it does so without being tacky.

spring wedding colors

7. Emerald Wedding Color Scheme

One of the more traditional wedding color combinations on this list, this set of January wedding colors mixes silver, gold and emerald to produce a classy and vintage look. Blending the metallic colors with a jewel color results in a color combination that would fit perfectly in the Great Gatsby.

winter wedding colors

8. Berry Tone Wedding Colors

Pink weddings are in right now, and if you want to capitalize on the trend, this color combo should be strongly considered. Similar to the shades of pink and purple above, this color scheme is a colorful option that sticks out, but without looking like it was chosen by a 5 year old girl.

Be sure to check out all of our monthly wedding colors!

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Wedding Planning Advice: 13 Tips From Wedding Experts

February 12, 2016

Good wedding planning advice can be hard to come by. Most of the wedding planning advice circulated on the web isn’t based on expert opinion or experiences.

We’ve collected tips and advice from five prominent wedding planners and compiled it here. There are 13 wedding planning tips in total with each bit of wedding planning advice based on a professional wedding planner’s real experiences.

Here is the wedding planning advice:

Lisa Milko‘s Wedding Planning Tips

“Look into hiring a professional planner on a limited basis. You may find that the investment pays for itself. The money and time a planner can save is valuable. I can negotiate discounts a couple cannot and make recommendations on DIY and budget-saving places that many people would not consider, or be able to do without a little direction.”

“If you choose the DIY route, know where to start. Bent on doing it all on your own? You’ll need a place to jump in. I recommend two key launching points: A budget and a guest list. The two are related, and cutting the guest list is the single best way to save money. Once those details are in place, you’ll have a better sense of the type of wedding that suits you best.”

“Think twice before hiring family and friends. Someone who’s emotionally invested in your wedding lacks the objective judgment that’s necessary to handle the process smoothly. I try to steer clear of the recommendation of using family or friends, it never works out like you want, and you are strapped with the emotion of trying to express dislike or needs.”

“Choose organizational tools wisely. Brides and grooms who orchestrate their own wedding need to stay on top of invoices and receipts, keep copies of contracts, track costs and deal with countless other details. I like the Web-sharing tool Google Docs for keeping important information consolidated and accessible. It’s a great way for couples, parents and anyone else who is involved to share documents, if you’d rather go old school, wedding-plan journals are available in bookstores. A plain three-ring binder works too.

Deborah Stachelski‘s Wedding Planning Advice

“If photography occupies the #1 spot on the priority list, you’ve done a ton of research and put most of your budget into your photos, and you trust your photography team 100000%, skip the videographer! If you hired a so-so photographer, and are worried about their experience, definitely hire at least a so-so videographer as well. It’s easy for even an experienced photographer to miss important moments that video would capture, and you will be kicking yourself for not spending that extra money to have the special moments on video that you can never relive again.”

“The number one mistake is no doubt, obsessing about invitations.  Think about it, do YOU remember any wedding invitations? I don’t either. I know what it’s like, trust me, but put that energy to better use and focus on something the guests will actually appreciate and remember. Like cake.”

“I would say as a general rule, food should be the main splurge. Invitations, menus, programs and favors can hang out at the bottom of your list.”

“I think it’s important for couples to remember the whole point of the wedding – to get married! The reality is, you will be so happy that day that none of the details will matter, and a beautiful wedding is one where they couple is focused on their future, and are sincerely making a commitment for a lifetime. I can spot that a mile away, and I always, no exceptions, cry at those weddings from behind my iPad and folders.”

“Choose an awesome MOH. Don’t commit to any decorating the day of. Don’t stay up too late the night before. Don’t drink more than 1 glass of wine while getting ready. Do a first look – you won’t get much time with your husband once the ceremony begins. Set time aside to do something normal that day to calm your nerves (a Starbucks run, go to lunch with one of the girls, etc). Stop and look around at your reception, take it in. Try to actually taste your food. Don’t feel bad for not spending more time with guests, they will understand. Do take a special moment to sit with your parents. Eat cake. Dance. Go to the ladies room once by yourself and look at yourself in the mirror and take in that moment – it’s your wedding day!!”

Colin Cowie‘s Wedding Planning Tips

“The sweetheart table is too ridiculous for words. Go sit with your family and friends! You have the rest of your lives to be by yourselves.”

“Don’t schedule the ceremony and reception several hours apart. You do not get to take up three quarters of your guests’ day! And you shouldn’t ask them to dress in black tie at noon or mill around for hours in between.”

Stratus Events‘ Wedding Budgeting Advice

“Almost every couple I speak to that didn’t use a wedding planner tells me that they went over budget on their wedding. To me that means they never had a realistic budget to begin with. Weddings are expensive; there is no doubt about it. If you have never planned a wedding before or worked in the wedding industry it is hard to know how much everything will cost and you can easily fall into a trap of overspending. It’s easy to know your overall wedding budget but breaking that down into categories for each vendor can be difficult. My rule of thumb is 50% of your overall budget will go towards food, beverage and venue costs. It’s important to keep in mind that this number should included taxes and gratuities. If you go venue hunting and find a venue that is offering a rate of $100 per person including your taxes and gratuities and you have 150 guests that is $15,000. Double that number and you have an overall wedding budget of $30,000. That is the calculation that I use for all of my clients and it has never steered me wrong.”

Love by Lynzie‘s Advice

“I would say the biggest two [wedding planning mistakes] are improperly scheduling the day’s timing and not delegating a day of planner. Timing of the day is crucial- if you don’t have a planner, be sure you talk to your vendors to really understand how much time they need to achieve the product you want on the day, especially your photographer.”

More wedding planning advice:

Boxwood Avenue

Bride Box

Brides

DIY Network

 

 

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24 Fourth of July Wedding Ideas!

February 3, 2016

 More than 11,441 couples married on July 4th last year, and holiday weddings are just getting more and more popular.

Here are 24 July fourth wedding ideas:

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1. Red White and Blue Bouquets

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2. Stylish Red White and Blue Groom and Groomsmen

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3. Peony Boutonniere

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4. Blue and Red Ribbons for Flower Girls

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5. Themed Stationery

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6. Printed Straws

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7. Themed Centerpieces

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8. Patriotic Table Settings

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9. Naked Red Velvet Cake

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10. Berry Parfaits

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11. Red White and Blue Parasols

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12. Fireworks Show

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13. American Flag-Print Groomsmen Socks

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14. American Flag Favor Boxes

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15. Play American Music

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16. Use Muted Colors Such as a Light Blue, White and Dark Red.

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17. Pick a Few Motifs and Stick to Them!

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18. A patriotic bridal party

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19. Over sized balloons

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20. Accent your ceremony aisle with red, white, and blue

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21. Pinwheels

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22. Classic American Food

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23. Sparklers

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24. Classic American Muscle Car

 

 

Featured, Wedding Themes and Colors

February Wedding Colors: 15+ Color Schemes

January 29, 2016

February Wedding Colors

February wedding colors are versatile because you’re just beginning the transition from a winter wedding to a spring wedding. Having your wedding in February gives you the ability to choose a winter wedding color scheme, a spring wedding color scheme or a mixture of the two!

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Here are the color schemes for February weddings:

February Wedding Color Scheme: White and Green

winter wedding colors: White and brownFebruary wedding color schemes: black, white and pink colors for winter weddings: Black and White colors for February weddings: gold mocha and maroon

color schemes for winter weddings: Peach and Apricot

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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist with Free Download!

January 29, 2016

Wedding checklists are excellent for keeping track of and planning the perfect wedding. This wedding checklist is a comprehensive list featuring everything you need to plan your perfect day!

Wedding Checklist Features

VenueCenter’s wedding checklist does all the following:

  • Lists all the important to do tasks from starting your wedding folder to packing for your honeymoon.
  • Includes an automatic due date calculator which lets you know when tasks need to be completed based on your wedding date.
  • Allows you to assign priority to tasks.
  • Give you the ability to assign tasks to different people such as the groom, bride, bride’s parents, best man, etc.
  • Allows you to filter tasks by due date, priority, and who’s in charge of completing the task.
  • You can mark tasks complete as you finish them and hide them when not necessary.

Download the FREE Wedding Checklist

Did you know…

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5 Wedding Theme Ideas for Totally Awesome Couples

January 21, 2016

Are you looking for super unique wedding themes that’ll be the talk of your family and friends for years to come? This list contains some of the best wedding theme ideas out there right now.

Unique wedding theme ideas - Spy Themed Wedding

Spy Wedding

Since everyone is going to be wearing suits and dresses anyway, a spy or secret agent wedding works really well! It can, and should be, subtly incorporated into your wedding. Here are some great ideas:

  • Invisible Ink Messages
  • Secret Agent Cake Topper
  • Top Secret Invitations
  • Rings in a Safe (image above)
  • Helicopter ride instead of limo ride!

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Kids at Heart Wedding

There are way to many good ideas to be included here, but we all have to let the inner child out every now and then and a wedding makes for the perfect occasion. Here are all the childish elements you can incorporate into your wedding:

  • A Pinata!
  • Balloons. Lots of Balloons.
  • School Bus Instead of a Limo
  • Kid’s Desserts (Mud Cups, Cotton Candy and Hire an Ice Cream Truck!)
  • A Bounce House
  • Children’s Games with a Twist (E.G. Guess Who with Guest’s Photos)
  • Giant Jenga and Other Lawn Games

Dr Seuss Themed Wedding

Dr. Seuss Wedding

We’ve seen so many creative ways to incorporate Dr. Seuss into your wedding day, and each ways is just the right amount of cute and creative to make for a perfect wedding day! For starters there are Dr. Seuss inspired wedding vows! Here’s a favorite section of mine:

Celebrant: Will you love him if he’s rich?
Will you love her in a ditch?
From today until the end of time,
Even if his words don’t rhyme?

Groom: I will love her if she’s rich
Bride: And I will love him in a ditch
Groom: And I will even love her when she’s being a b…eautiful princess.

You can find the full vows here.

Dr. Seuss weddings incorporate a lot of whimsical decorations, so if you’re looking for a whimsical theme that’s easy to pull off with some DIY work this is it! Here are some other ideas to incorporate into your Dr. Seuss wedding:

  • Truffula Trees
  • Books for Table Numbers
  • Dr. Seuss inspired cookies and cake pops
  • The Lorax Mustache

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Zombie Wedding

The zombie wedding (or Walking Dead wedding) is a popular take on Halloween weddings, and while we haven’t seen a wedding with people dressing up as zombies yet (I’m sure it’ll happen at some point!), we have seen a few of the following things done, and they are all super creative!

  • Have a zombie themed wedding cake, or if you need to still have a traditional cake, make the cake have a split personality with the front appearing normal and the back with zombies crawling up!
  • Zombie engagement and wedding photos are some of the most popular ways to incorporate the dead into your big day and they never cease to be entertaining!
  • Zombie themed invitations are also a fun way to incorporate zombies, and it also gives you the option to mail the zombie themed invitation and save the date to only your close friends and family, while traditional invitations can go to those who don’t appreciate zombies as much.

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Pirate Wedding

A pirate wedding is a tough one to pull off, but when its done right it can be one of the coolest wedding themes. Both little details and big ideas come together to make a pirate wedding special. Let’s start with the big ideas that make up this theme:

  • A Caribbean Island
  • A Sail Boat Cruise
  • Pirate Clothes

The above 3 items are the biggest parts of this theme, but there are a few smaller details that’ll make it seem more authentic:

  • Write your wedding vows on scrolls
  • Use treasure chest favor boxes
  • Message in a bottle escort cards