Do I have to spend a lot of money on my wedding?
The short answer is no. But, of course, there is more to it than that.
Technically, all you need to get legally married is a wedding license (currently priced at less than $100 in Las Vegas) and an officiant to sign off on the legalities. That's it. But a signature at the courthouse does not a wedding make!
After adding a Financial section to this site, many of you have written to ask about budgeting and pricing. My notes seem to fly in the face of what popular wedding blogs list as the "average" price of a wedding, which is currently estimated to be just over $27,000 in the United States. Quite a bit of money! And yet the weddings you see here all start with entry budgets of $1,000 per person and more, meaning that the weddings we design are anywhere from $75,000 - $500,000 each.
So what's average? The truth is...I don't know. These are not the weddings I specialize in.
My clients are never "average" in any way. All of the couples I work with are extraordinary people who live extraordinary lives. This day (or weekend for your destination couples!) has to feel different. It's important that we create an environment that speaks to who the couple is down to the tiniest detail. We must be diligent in creating something you cannot find anywhere else. This type of wedding is a luxury.
I talk alot about luxury, and am known for saying that luxury is not about money, it is all about experience. That belief has been a guiding philosophy for me since I started my business. Lately, I have been focusing on the idea of "intentional luxury". To me, this means we invest in the things we care about on purpose. For some couples, time is a luxury and we are tasked with creating opportunities for the couple to bond with their guess. For others, it's all things epicurean, and we work to develop tasting menus and wine pairings. Still others really want to focus on the room. They are looking to envelop their guests with sights, sounds, smells, and textures. These clients invest heavily in decor. The financial investment it takes to create these things can cost as little as $1,000 per person, and as high as $5,000 per person. The price varies as widely as the couple themselves.
Because in the end, luxury is not cookie cutter; luxury is personal.
So, do I have to spend a lot of money on my wedding? No, of course not. But you don't need an engagement ring, a Louis Vuitton bag, or a trip to Italy, either. Planning a wedding is not about need. It is about desire. It is about making a statement...Taking a stand and bending the universe to your will. I believe that planning a wedding is really about creating the most perfect moment you can, and sharing it with the people you love. That requires quality, customization, and a high level of detail.
That level of precision will always come with a price that costs more than the average wedding, because we aren't creating the average experience. That is what you are truly investing in; the experience you have while planning, the emotions you feel on the day of the wedding, and the memories you are sure to cherish for years to come.
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PS - Important to note....The term "a lot" is relative. What one couple considers to be "a lot" another client considers to be of value. You have to come to terms with what you are comfortable with. Design every inch of your wedding to that number, stretch in the places you care about, and then stop. When you do that you will never feel as if you spent too much or not enough; you will have gotten it just right.
If you want a reference of pricing in Las Vegas, let me know! I would love to discuss!!!