Monday, June 22, 2009

Wedding Stats

As everyone knows the economy has hit most industries hard and the wedding industry is no exception. Here are a few interesting statistics on how the wedding industry has been impacted in the past months.

The average cost of a wedding:

2009 (1st quarter)-$19,210

In Denver the average wedding cost:
2009- $25,701

The average cost of a wedding gown:

In October, when the economy took it's turn for the worst, our brides at the bridal salon's budgets went from $2000 and under to $1000 and under.

The average cost of a tuxedo:

The average cost of a full service wedding planner:

As you can see the nations wedding industry is feeling the change of the economy. I personally do not think it is such a bad thing. Brides are being challenged now to get creative, pull resources and turn more to family and friends for help with personal touches. I recommend getting your girls together and doing your centerpieces, making your bouquets, hiring a trusted friend to film your wedding, etc.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wedding Styling Services

Wedding Planner And Me is a design based wedding planning company. We aim to help you finesse your perfect wedding style and to put you in touch with the perfect people to execute it. Each package is customized to meet all your needs and to work into your budget. During your first consultation, you and your planner will determine which package will suit you in order to make your wedding day perfect.

Concierge Package
- Initial consultation
- Email and phone support throughout planning process
- Wedding theme and style design
- Attire recommendations for wedding party
- Accompaniment to dress fittings
- Budget management
- Vendor recommendations and meeting arrangements
- Etiquette
- Guest list and RSVP management
- Professional seating chart
- Hotel accommodations
- Wedding design book
- Emergency kit
*This all-inclusive package will be custom tailored to fit your needs.

The Perfect Pattern
This package is for the couple who needs a little start
up help and a little help to pull their planning
together and execute their ideas.

2 in person consultations in the beginning of your

Unlimited communication with your consultant
through phone and email throughout the engagement

2 in person meetings with your consultant during the
two months prior to your wedding

- Vendor recommendations and confirmations
- Site recommendations and confirmations
- Wedding style and design ideas
- Week of wedding timeline
- Day of wedding planning
- Wedding design book

Final Touches
- 1 meeting in last 2 months of engagement
- Vendor Confirmations
- Wedding Weekend task list
- Wedding Weekend Consultant
- Day-of consultant
- Emergency Kit

a La Carte
Pick and choose any service from the list to best fit
your needs.

- Budget management - $175
- Vendor Recommendations - $150
- Site Selection - $200
- Honeymoon Planning - $275
- Accommodation Coordination - $100
- Guest Packages - $200
- Favors - $125 + materials
- Custom Design Services - price varies
- Party Planning - $500
- Bachelor/Bachelorette parties
- Bridal Luncheon
-Engagement Party
-Rehearsal Dinner
- Bridal Shower

- Hourly fee- minimum of 2 hours, $65/hour

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stories From The Bridal Salon

I was talking with a friend today and she asked me what my craziest bridal salon story was, so I thought for a minute. I have tons of stories of moms hating their daughters favorite dress, brides yelling, brides crying. Everything you could imagine, but one of my favorite stories is this one...

I was working a slow Sunday last fall. My first appointment came in. It was a mom and her two daughters. The first daughter (the one getting married) was about 25 and her little sister was 22. I showed them all the gowns and left them alone to browse for a few minutes. When I came back they had quite the list of gowns they wanted to try on. Most of them were very simple gowns, with one exception that the sister had picked out. This specific gown was a La Sposa gown that was on the sample sale rack because it was from a previous season. It was a mermaid shape and made of lace and dotted swiss tulle. The bride did not love it but being the good sport she was she agreed to try it on for her sister.

The bride started trying on the gowns she had picked. She found a few she really loved but was not ready to commit, she then tried on the La Sposa gown for her sister. The bride HATED it. It was the farthest thing from her style, but her sister loved it. Since I did not have an appointment after theirs her mom urged the sister to try on the gown. Hesitant she went into the dressing room and came out in the gown. I have seen many brides fall in love with a gown, but never like this. She knew this was her dress, hands down, there would never be another gown like this. The only problem was, she was not engaged. She did have a pretty serious boyfriend, and they were planning on getting married someday, but she definitely was not at a place to buy the gown. Her mom and sister finally got her out of the gown and left to go get lunch.

A couple hours later and much to my surprise, they came back. Since I knew the bride had not found her dress I was a bit confused. The sister walked in and said that she was going to buy the La Sposa gown, hide it at her aunts house, and pray that she got engaged. I was a little bit surprised but after seeing how much she loved this gown, and how much she lit up when she was in it, it seemed to me that she was making the right decision.

Certainly not a bridezilla story but I thought it was one worth sharing. If working in the wedding industry has taught me anything, it is that unexpected things happen all the time and you just have to learn how to roll with them.