I've been getting a lot of questions from current and potential Dreamers about budget. What should my budget be? Is my budget enough? As a wedding planner/designer everything starts and end with the budget. Here are some basic advice that I give my Dreamers.
1. In order to know if your budget is doable or not. Just do the math. If you have 125 people with a $20,000. 00 budget. Simply divide $20,000 by 125. The answer is $160 per person. Which would include the cost for food, beverage, photographer, cinematographer, DJ, wedding planner, officiant, attire, stationery, etc. Therefore, if your venue cost is $100 per person. You only have an additional $60 per person for all your other vendors combined. I don't know about you, but in New York , that doesn't work. A nice dinner for two can set you and your fiancé back $100 .
2. Always allocated no less than 50% of your budget to venue costs. Which include, site fee, food and beverage costs. The other 50% can be allocated to the other vendors. This a good way to gauge where your budget will be. For example, if your venue cost is $20,000. Your overall wedding budget should be around $40,000.
3. Guest count, guest count, guest count! The best way to mange your budget expectation, is to manage your guests count. The lower your guest count, the lower you budget can potentially be. You can definitely get more bang for your buck. with a lower guest count. For example, $20,000 can go a very long way for 60 people, than it would for 125 people.
Of course, there are multiple other variables to creating, and sticking to your budget However, I wanted to cover the basics and get your wheels turning.
For me, I have a Budget Metric Spreadsheet that I use to help create and keep my Dreamers budget on track! This way my Dreamers and I can have a transparent conversation about they needs, wants when I comes to the wedding. So no need to worry!
Here are some statistics from The Knot to put some things in perspective.
Top 2016 Wedding Statistics
Top 25 Most Expensive Places to Get Married
Based on average cost of a wedding in 2016, couples spend the most on their weddings in the following areas in the US. Four of the five most expensive places to get married are in the New York/Tri-State area.
Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Get Married
Based on average cost of a wedding in 2016, couples spend the least on their weddings in the following areas in the US.
Your Dream Planner
We are so happy that our Dreamer was featured on the Kleinfeld Blog! She is wearing a gorgeous Dennis Basso gown. Just in time to wrap up New York Bridal Fashion Week!
As a lifestyle event planner and designer, many of my Dreamers' book me for multiple events throughout their life. I am usually planning a wedding, dinner party, house warming, and/or a baby shower within a couple years of each other. So, I love to create designs that are easily transferable to multiple type of events. With this shoot, I did just that. I created a Bohemian, chic, glam design that can easily go from dinner party to wedding. Check it out. Let me know what you think!
Need help with planning your event. Don't worry, I am here to help. Contact me today so I can create a unique and memorable event for you.
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I was approached by PopBliss to create an unforgettable experience for six grooms along with their close friends and family, who were embarking on a surprise wedding. Since the event had to take place in the the early afternoon, due to the festivities of the day. We came up with “A Groom’s Brunch. “ I jumped at the idea of creating a unique and memorable event for the grooms. We all know that a bride gets most of the attention throughout the wedding planning process. However, the groom wants and need some attention too. Afterall, it’s their day too. I believe that all grooms go through the same motions as brides, they tend to hide and deal with it differently than their female counterpart.
I wanted to create an environment for them to unwind and enjoy themselves amongst family and friends. So a regular bachelor party wouldn’t do. I had to add a touch of class and elegance to the traditional idea of a bachelor party. Plus I didn’t want to get in trouble with their ladies.
The event was a huge success and I can’t wait to do another one!
Upon entering the Blew Smoke Cigar Room, your eyes are immediately drawn in by the beautiful and distinctive decor. Dark blue walls, tufted seating, vintage wooden tables, dim lighting, and an array of cigars. Classic and timeless.
On the industrial side tables, vintage cigar boxes are topped with small floral arrangements.
I pampered the grooms by treating them to a small barbershop experience. What better way, than a fresh shave and haircut.
Oh yes, a head massage to release the tensions and stress!
Nothing beats good food...
A signature drink was made for the grooms and guests to enjoy! Tequila based of course. But I didn’t stop there. I brought in Whiskey, Champagne and Vodka for them to enjoy. Cheers!
I gifted each groom with an “emergency kit” that was equipped with a razor, lint brush, mouth wash, lotion, tissue, advil, black socks, cigar, mini toothbrush and deodorant. You never know when one or more of these items might come in handy!
Here’s a toast to the next chapters of your life.
Your Dream Planner
Thanks to all the amazing vendors that made this event a success.
Venue: Blew Smoke
Event Planner/Event Designer: Dream Plan-It Events
Photography: Two Twenty Photography
Florist: Edelweiss Floral Atelier
Cocktail Catering Service: LIQ NYC
Male Grooming: Hot Towels
Food: The Love Dynatsy