2017 Q1 Average Cost of Wedding in the U.S.

Source – The Wedding Report

The average amount U.S. couples are spending on their wedding as of 2017 Q1 was down -2.8% to $25,961 from $26,720 in 2016. The latest average wedding cost is based on 3,401 survey samples collected from January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017. Includes couples that were married and spent money on their upcoming wedding.

While average spending for most items remained flat, the reason for the decline in overall spending is due to falling demand for services like, transportation, entertainment, and beauty. Couples seem to be looking for alternatives or other options, then the traditional route, for these services. Some products in the invitation category also suffered from lower demand. Some areas did see an increase in demand. Those areas include; photography products and services and event location, food and rentals.

I wouldn’t panic, we’ll continue to monitor demand to see how it might change throughout this year and keep you informed of any major shifts we see. We have updated 2017 spending numbers for all markets to reflect these survey results and updated total average spending forecast for 2018-2021 for all markets to reflect the demand changes.

Market Totals 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Market Summary $26,720 $25,961 -2.8%
Attire & Accessories 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Dress Accessories $224 $224 -0.1%
Tuxedo/suit/other Accessories $103 $103 0.3%
Tuxedo/suit/other Rent/purchase $208 $208 0.0%
Wedding Dress/es $1,221 $1,220 0.0%
Beauty & Spa 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Hair Service $67 $67 0.1%
Makeup Service $54 $54 0.4%
Manicure & Pedicure $45 $45 1.1%
Entertainment 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
DJ $735 $735 0.0%
Live Band $1,695 $1,698 0.2%
Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble $618 $619 0.1%
Flowers & Decorations 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Bouquets $340 $340 0.0%
Boutonnieres, Corsages $147 $147 0.0%
Event Decorations $446 $446 0.0%
Event Flowers & Arrangements $619 $617 -0.3%
Event Table Centerpieces $326 $326 0.0%
Gifts & Favors 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Gift/s for Attendants $104 $104 0.1%
Gift/s for Parents $122 $122 0.0%
Tips (for all services) $384 $384 -0.1%
Wedding Favors $239 $239 0.0%
Invitations 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Ceremony Programs $127 $127 -0.2%
Engagement Announcements $108 $108 -0.4%
Guest Book $61 $61 0.7%
Invitations & Reply Cards $226 $226 -0.2%
Postage $105 $105 -0.1%
Reception Menus $125 $125 -0.1%
Save the Date Cards $112 $112 -0.4%
Table Name and Escort/place Cards $85 $85 0.4%
Thank You Cards $90 $90 -0.2%
Jewelry 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Engagement Ring $3,407 $3,406 0.0%
Wedding ring/band for HER $786 $785 -0.1%
Wedding ring/band for HIM $456 $456
Photography & Video 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Digital or Photo cd/dvd $294 $293 -0.5%
Engagement Session $398 $397 -0.2%
Prints and/or Enlargements $238 $238 -0.1%
Wedding album/s or photo book/s $421 $420 -0.2%
Wedding Photographer $1,611 $1,610 -0.1%
Wedding Videographer $1,072 $1,072 0.0%
Planner/Consultant 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
A La Carte Services $943 $943 0.0%
Day of Coordinator $812 $811 -0.1%
For Getting Started $875 $874 -0.1%
Full Service $2,773 $2,767 -0.2%
Month of Direction $1,062 $1,063 0.1%
Venue, Catering & Rentals 2016 2017 Q1 Chg %
Ceremony Officiator $214 $214 0.2%
Event Accessories $327 $327 -0.1%
Event Bar Service $2,378 $2,377 0.0%
Event Food Service $4,674 $4,674 0.0%
Event Location $3,610 $3,611 0.0%
Event Rentals $1,737 $1,737 0.0%
Hotel Room for After Reception $315 $315 -0.1%
Limo Rental $483 $483 0.1%
Other Transportation $518 $518 0.0%
Rehearsal Dinner $572 $572 0.0%
Wedding Cake/dessert $419 $419 0.0%

Birthday and Double Anniversary Give-a-way!

Because I am turning…..29 again (June 15th)  🙂 in 2 days……and because we’ve been in business now for 14 years (officially July 1st), we want to do a large give-away!

We are going to give a way a full plan wedding planning program!  It is everything from point A to point B…..in addition if you are game….we’ve already chosen the venue and they’ve agreed to renting it to us for HALF PRICE!!!  Yes I said it. Not only that the venue is beautiful and one of our favorites!

No, I can’t tell you where…you’ll have to trust me…but I will give you a hint…since June 10th is my 11th year Anniversary of being married to my wonderful husband…it is the location where we got married at….

So how do you win…easy!  Email me at Veronica@behindthescenesinc.com with the subject line Birthday & Double Anniversary Give-A-Way this information:  Your Love Story..make it good….we want to hear all of the ups and downs.  Be sure to add in some ideas on what you want for your wedding day, what kind of memories you want to make. Once we receive the email we will send you a very short form to fill out (mostly contact info).  We’ll choose the winner on July 15th.  All submissions and short form must be received by July 10th.

My husband and I will then choose the winner!

Details on what you are winning: Full Planning Program ($4,795)

Pre-Event Services:

  • Monthly 1 – 2 hour planning meetings throughout the process done via face to face, phone, Skype or email.
  • Online tools to help you track tasks, budget, guest list and more.
  • Wedding Website for your guests with RSVP online system!!
  • Assistance with selection of venue for your ceremony and reception
  • Room bock creation(s) for your out of town guests
  • Sandals or Beaches Resort Honeymoon Booking assistance.
  • Recommendations for 3 wedding professionals for each service needed, based on your budget and style.
  • Budget creation and management – we keep track of what is spent and where to help keep you on track. Your budget is also in the online tool so you can add or update it at any time.
  • Creation of your vision, selection of colors, develop a theme, choose décor and table linens – we create a vision board, with items that you love and color palettes that you would like and then we’ll go though and help you choose set ups and décor items to match.
  • Manage, finalize and confirm vendor arrangements throughout the process – we are in constant contact with the wedding vendors working with you on your wedding day. We answer all questions and gather the information that they need to do their job correctly.
  • Establish floral design, including centerpieces – we’ll work with the florist or create the centerpieces that you need along with personal flowers for you and the bridal party, your ceremony and any other small touches that may be warranted.
  • Recommend options for Save the Dates, Invitations, Ceremony Program, Rehearsal Dinner Invitations, Place Cards and Menu Cards
  • Secure and return all rental items
  • Schedule and manage transportation for your wedding day
  • Final on site consultation one month before the wedding – we’ll walk through the entire event from start to finish with you and your fiancé.
  • Follow up phone call to each vendor one month prior to and the week of the wedding.
  • Creation and distribution of wedding day timeline to wedding professionals one week prior to the wedding.
  • Informational letters sent to wedding party and parents with important times, dates and instructions.
  • Coordinate rehearsal and make sure all parties are aware of their positions, roles and responsibilities

Day of Event Services:

  • Two wedding coordinators and one assistant on-site for up to 10 hours on wedding day
  • Execute all wedding plans and details with professionals, family and guests
  • Supervise the set-up of the ceremony and reception locations
  • Load personal items and gifts into designated car at the end of the event
  • Handle any last minute changes, additions or problems
  • Full use of wedding day emergency kit.

Be sure to ask questions and good luck to you!!

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It’s All About The Chair

Yes, sometimes it is!  Sometimes the chair that is used at your ceremony or reception venue can make or break your wedding decor.  Check out some of the great photos we found on Pinterest that either made – or didn’t make these weddings!

First up!  The Hotel Banquet Chair

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Next – Covering the hotel banquet chair – CHAIR COVERS….do you still want to use these on your wedding day?

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Cute chair treatments.  There are so many different things that you can do with them now, here are a couple of my favorites.  The use of ribbon is always cute, use a color that matches your theme.  I also love the use of mixed chair types!

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Moving onto the Chavari Chair.  Always classy and very versatile, pretty chair treatments can be added, now even covered.  You an also change out the chair pad color.  Most common is the Gold and the Silver chair, but the wood ones are pretty in certain venues too!

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The Ghost Chair is not new, but is  new in certain parts of the country.  These chairs are clear…I love these too!  Easy to design around because they just tend to blend in.  Very pricey for brides in our area, but you may see them used at a sweetheart or head table.

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Lastly we get to the Chamelon Chair.  My ultimate favorite!  Again very pricey for brides in our area, but a great option for sweetheart tables and head tables.  I just love the lines on these chairs! These also come in great colors and are easily dressed and decorated!

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Didn’t know there were different kinds of chairs that you could use for your wedding day?  Give us a call and we’ll help you pick out the chair or dressing of a chair that is best for you and your wedding design!

Happy Planning!

Loving the Linen!

If you read my blog on a regular basis you will see all the posts on wedding linens.  I believe that a good table linen can make your event standout!  Guests notice and fall in love (You do want to wow! them!) and it creates great memories, not to mention fantastic photos!  Take a look at some of the new linens available to you!

 

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Chocolate & Champagne

Everyday I get emails from vendors advertising products & services for me to try to pitch to brides – lots of times they end up in my trash box, but this company I have to love!  I met one of their representatives years ago and I still remember what the Chocolate & Champagne tasted like!

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This is a great idea for cocktail hours and bridal showers!  Not that expensive either!

It is a fun and memorable idea to add to your event!  Want to know who they are???  Ask us! Shoot me an email to Veronica@behindthescenesinc.com or give us a call at 336-525-9331 and we’ll be sure to get you all the information you need to make a decision on your event!

Happy Planning!

 

Things to Consider before booking your wedding venue

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Photo above: Greensboro Country Club

Other than the dress one of the first things that brides run out to do is find their wedding venue.  This can be dangerous if you don’t have a budget in mind or created.  You’ll need to know how much you can spend on each area of your wedding before you starting booking and buying things.

We have lots of traditional locations in Greensboro and our surrounding areas to host a wedding.  We also have some not so traditional locations and then of course some off the beaten track locations.

When looking for your venue it is a good idea to have a plan in mind first – and then find the venue that suits it.  99% of the time brides look for the venue and then try to fit their ideas around the venue.  It is easier the other way.

I’m not the type of planner that will give you a list of things to look for – I’m giving you an honest way to do things to make your wedding day what you’ve always wanted.

Any questions!?

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Marbled Table Linens

I am so in love with these table linens!  Just think about how beautiful they would look on your reception tables!?

We love new Trends at Behind The Scenes Inc, it makes each wedding so very unique and we pride ourselves on putting the energy of both the bride and the groom into their wedding decor and planning process!

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