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Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Million Dollar Wedding

Wedding

Anytime the word "wedding" is attached to any price quote, it will double, especially in Providence. The smallest state was just ranked by Thumbtack, the fifth most expensive city to throw a wedding and I'm really feeling the effects. We opted to a two year engagement and we are nearing the year and a half mark and the pressure is slowly building. Surprisingly I'm keeping calm.

I've made a promise to myself that we would book the major wedding services before the one year mark and now that I'm calling countless amounts of vendors, I am getting very discouraged because there is no way I'm spending $5,000 on flowers. Just flowers. Are you high? Do I look like a millionaire? 

The study shows that for Providence, brides will spend an average of nearly $14,000 on just wedding services, such as the caterer, music, limo and cake. It doesn't include the rings, dress or venue. I can remember getting engaged and someone asked me what my budget was going to be and my naive self said, $10,000. HA. I was sadly mistaken. Another study found that an entire cost of a Rhode Island wedding is $45,000. Mind you, the national average is just under $30,000, to put it into perspective how expensive Rhode Island weddings are. 

I am fortunate enough to have my parents chipping in to the majority of the cost but regardless, I want to and I want my parents to spend the least amount possible. So when I call three florists and get a quote for $5,000 each time, I just can't deal. This is also thousands more than what the study averaged flowers to be in Providence, quoting roughly $1,400. 

Here are the breakdown's, according to Thumbtack, which are oddly low then what I'm being quoted. 

Providence Wedding


Where in the world did they get $3,300 for catering?! That must be a 10 person guest list because I'm looking at triple that...well I am having a 200 person wedding. 

Fellow Rhode Islanders know how to get things done for cheap in this state. Since the state is so damn small, everyone knows someone in some business that you can use to your advantage. For me, I am channeling all of those favors and gestures from people who offered to help out with my wedding. My advice for future brides: cash in all of those favors and don't be afraid to ask family and friends for help. 

Working with family can be tricky, but just make sure you are sensitive to their feelings, however, don't feel like you can't say your true opinion because this is supposed to be the day of your dreams. Don't let anything take that away from you. It's YOUR day. 

I'm channeling my inner Martha Stewart and thinking of ways to turn expensive wedding services into DIY projects, like centerpieces. It may be more work but not only will it be fun to get the girls together, you will also be able to save that money for a kick ass honeymoon. Speaking of, another study I found said an average honeymoon is $5,000. I have no clue how I'm going to pull this off but my grandmother keeps telling me, don't stress too much about the money because you will find a way to make it happen. Australia, here the Anderson's come! 

Every wedding decision feels like an expensive one. Unfortunately for me, it's even more expensive in Providence. And I'm not even getting married in Providence but all of my vendors are around these parts so it looks like I'm working three jobs until Oct. 8, 2017. 

So the point of this post? I'm using it as an opportunity to bitch about how I need to come up with $1 million to pay for my wedding. I'll be setting up a GoFundMe account later this week. 


***this post gave me a reason to share some more of my engagement photos. Aren't they amazeballs? I'm thinking the three shown may be contenders for save-the-dates, which also cost way too much. But it's totally worth it, right? I'm accepting inexpensive wedding tips! The more, the merrier. 

As a side note, I literally got poison ivy basically on my butt from rolling around in the woods for our engagement photos. That's what I get for dragging Jake into doing them. 

Fall engagement photos

8 comments:

  1. Those are some pretty gorgeous photos! Weddings are pretty expensive around me too...but I was able to get creative on certain aspects! We did a lot of crafting/DIYing and for the Save the Dates and Invitations, we ordered templates off Etsy and then had them printed through vistaprint (with a groupon). They looked awesome (because it was the exact template I wanted from Etsy) and Vistaprint has very good quality (and different printing options)...especially for something that is ultimately getting thrown away. You'll make it all work!

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    1. Thanks for the tip with the Save the Dates! I've used Etsy for a baby shower and it can really be cheap. Those are next on my list.

      -A

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  2. You could shop Craigslist.com for slightly used wedding items. Brides are starting to list all the things from last year in anticipation of this year's DIY brides. Why not? A slightly used centerpiece holder/vase/etc. just needs washed to look new again. Staples.com or a local store is another place for inexpensive yet very nice templates and printing. Or elope to my B&B and save more than enough money for a trip around the world.

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  3. beautiful photos! congrats!!! the chart is an eye opener for me, wow !

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  4. June 20, 1982.... We got married at St. Rocco's Church, and had our reception at the Venus De Milo in Swansea. We had a young Emeril Lagasse as our chef.... the food was unforgettable,and we had a lot of happy people, 250 of them to be exact. My parents weren't living by then, and Debbie just had her Mom. We ended up paying for the whole thing, but only had enough money left to go to Long Island for the week. $12,000 sounds cheap by today's standards. I just wish we had videographers then.

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  5. This place is probably my favorite place to organize an event; large enough to fit a good amount of guests and small enough that you really feel like you're having an intimate event. I would suggest Chicago wedding venues for anyone.

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  6. I was so told that there is this beautiful shop which not only have best flowers but also great owner. The price was perfect too! If you are looking for the best flowers, this is definitely the only Flower Delivery place you want to go to.

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