Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cost of Wedding in Your Zipcode

You’ve just got engaged, now its time to plan your wedding! However, you may or may not know how much a wedding cost. Today’s average cost of a wedding is approximately $23,657 (not including the engagement ring or the honeymoon. As you search through vendors and venues you will come across different packages that are offered within your budget or over your budget. To get an idea of what is a “wedding budget vs. real wedding cost”, please visit This site shows couples in your zip code area in how much they spend on a particular category- such as caterer, entertainment, florist, photographer, invitations, bridal attire, etc.

This is a helpful website that can give you an idea of what is out there in the market and this can be used as a guide to better assist you in your cost of wedding. Please note this site is based on how much average couple spend, not vendor rates.

Please take the survey below to find out your cost!


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Bride & Groom Spotlight- Mr. & Mrs. Folkes- 10/15/10

My assistant and I had the pleasure coordinating Mr. & Mrs. Folkes wedding at Jericho Terrace. We felt so much warmth from the bride and groom’s families-it felt as if we knew them for along time!

It was an elegant and sophisticated wedding that displayed the couple’s love for music. During cocktail hour, a saxophonist played jazzy selections from Steve Wonder to Alicia Keys, and during the main course guests enjoyed romantic and classical selections from a violinist and cellist ensemble.

Throughout the evening, Eleganica Entertainment had everybody on their feet! The bride and groom and their guests danced the night away with upbeat Haitian music. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Folkes! My Bridal Budget wishes you an abundance of blessings and love in your marriage! We hope you’ve enjoyed your honeymoon at Antigua!

Please visit My Bridal Budget Facebook for more pictures of this memorable event.

Images Source: Studio Soma

My Bridal Budget had the pleasure to work with great vendors-Please check them out!
Photography: Studio Soma
Florist: Flowers by Brian
Venue/Caterer: Jericho Terrace
DJ: Elegancia Entertainment
Violinst & Cellist: Variety Music Inc.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How to include your pet in a wedding?

Pets are like family! We love our pets, and we often see them as our “bestfriends”. They have seen you experience good and bad times- they’ve always put a smile on your face. Why not have them part of your wedding?

Here’s how to have your furry friend be part of your wedding:
*Make sure you ask the catering hall and/or ceremony site to see if pets are allowed.
*Make sure you speak to your officiant, in case he/she has pet allergies.
*You can give them the honor to be a ring bearer to walk down the aisle or have your flowergirl hold a leash as she walks down the aisle with your dog.
*You can include your pet during the bridal introduction at your reception.
*Designate someone to watch your pet during the ceremony. Make sure the person you choose is willing to accept this duty.

It all depends what kind of pet you have and of course if they are able to be comfortable and happy during your ceremony and/or reception.

Woof Woof!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rescue Remedy for the Anxious Bride & Groom

Instead of consuming alcohol, energy drink, or popping an aspirin when feeling anxious before your walk down the aisle- I’ve came across a great remedy to calm your nerves- that is called “Rescue Remedy Spray”. Rescue Remedy Spray gives natural relief from the stresses of everyday life. It is easy to use and you can slip it easily into your bag or pocket. Bring the spray nozzle up to your mouth and apply 2 sprays on the tongue. The natural ingredients in this spray are a combination of five flower essences.
*Rock Rose-adds courage of presence of mind in the face of terror or extreme fear.
*Clematis-helps you live more actively in the present rather than in the future or in your own dream world.
*Impatiens-helps you cope calmly with irritating problems or people.
*Cherry Plum-helps you act rationally and think clearly with a calm and balanced mind when you fear losing control.
*Star of Bethlehem-softens the impact of shock, grief or fright.

They call this product the “Yoga in a bottle”- that’s how calm and centered you will feel. It’s fast acting! You can purchase this product at your nearest Whole Foods for $14.39 (20ml).


Great way to sit back, relax and enjoy your wedding!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Do’s and Don’ts in Wedding and Guest Etiquette

This is your first party that you are hosting as husband and wife, as well as a memorable occasion involving dear special people in your life- treat your guests as how you would like to be treated. Here are the following Wedding & Guest Etiquette tips: (also this is a helpful tip for Guests who are attending a wedding)

Don’t have your ceremony location further away from your venue location. It should take guests no longer than 30 minutes to drive from the ceremony to reception site. Be considerate of those guests who are traveling from out of town, even the guests who live locally.

Don’t have your reception begin an hour or more after the ceremony. Your guests will feel hungry, and they will have to figure out making plans in between that break, such as going back home, or making a pit stop to grab a bite right before your reception.

Don’t have a cash bar. Guests will attend your wedding and offer monetary gifts to you. If you can’t fit a premium open bar in your budget, consider serving wine, beer and soda only.

Don’t-Guests shouldn’t have side conversations during the ceremony- be attentive and respectful to the couple’s memorable moment.

Don’t-Guests shouldn’t take photographs during a ceremony- your flash may interfere with the professional photographer.

Don’t seat battling family/friend rivals together at the table. It will feel awkward and there will be minimal conversation at that table.

Don’t play upbeat and fast dancing music during dinner. Guests will not be able to enjoy their meal, instead they will go to the dance floor.

Don’t-A guest should not wear a white dress to a wedding- remember this is a Bride’s special day, please honor it.

Don’t-If your parents are divorced and haven’t been acquainted for several years, its best to sit them in separate tables to avoid awkward moments.

Do-Make sure with your catering manager that d’houvres are constantly replenished during your cocktail hour (If you are serving liquor during your cocktail hour the more food in your guests’stomach the less chance they will get tipsy).

Do-If you don’t want children attend the reception, please note on the bottom of your RSVP card “Adult Reception”.

Do-Include a separate enclosure card of hotel accommodations & rates inside the invitation, in case a guest needs to stay in a hotel during the wedding weekend.

Do-Include a separate enclosure card of directions to the ceremony and reception venue inside the invitation

Do-Send out thank you cards to your guests at least 3 weeks after your wedding. Also you can kindly write a personal note as to what you are planning to do with your guests gift- if it is a monetary gift you can write “Thank you for your gracious gift. Alvin and I will use this in purchasing our new home” or if it is a gift you can write, “Thank you so much for the beautiful stemware you sent to us. I know it will look wonderful on our table and we can't wait to invite you to dinner!

Do-Remind your wedding coordinator or Maitre’d to advise guests to turn off their cell phones during the ceremony.

Do-Guests should RSVP as soon as possible — the couple has decisions to make based on numbers. If you have to cancel, do that immediately, too. If you have submitted your RSVP checking that you are attending and your mind changes last minute, please kindly notify the bride or groom.

Do add a vegetarian option to your menu- in case a guest is vegetarian.

Do make sure you have enough servers at all tables and bartenders- you do not want a long line for drinks and/or a long line if you are having a buffet dinner.

Do-If your wedding is cancelled or postponed you need to inform all your guests so they can change their travelling arrangements. You can write a letter to inform them of this change or you can call them.

Do have reserved seated rows for your immediate family during the ceremony.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall Wedding Favors- Candied Apples

The air is cool and crisp, leaves are turning into autumn colors, apple & pumpkin picking outings- its time for the fall season! Do you want a great and unique wedding favor for your fall wedding? A great treat to give as a favor for your guests are candied apples. You can wrap the candied apples in a cellophane bag tie it with your wedding color ribbon and attach a gift tag with your initials and wedding date.

Where to Buy-
Price- starts under $2 per apple!
You can order the apples in a case
Flavors: caramel with pecans and dark/milk chocolate, caramel with peanuts, caramel with festive sprinkles- YUM!