How to Determine Your Wedding Budget {Colorado Wedding Planner}

You’re engaged! Congratulations!! It goes without saying you’re probably feeling all the feels that come with engagement season.  Excitement, love, elation, and perhaps a bit of overwhelm.

‘We’re engaged to be married.  I love you. I’m committed to you. We’ve made it official.  Now what?’

Now’s the time to decide three things which are almost holistic to each other.  Budget, guest count, and venue.

But the big determining factor which determines the other two is your budget.

How much are we willing to spend on our wedding?

According to costofwedding.com the average cost of a wedding in America is roughly $35K.  Now that can vary depending on demographics you’re in and the types of vendors you choose.  But know that on average across the U.S. that is what is being spent on a wedding.

So how DO we determine our budget?

Determine Who’s Paying

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Traditionally, the bride’s parents pay for the wedding and the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner.  The bride and groom pay for each other’s wedding bands and the groom pays for the getaway vehicle and honeymoon.  The bride and groom also pay for gifts for their bridal party, family, and other significant participants Day of.  In our modern era, we often find that brides and grooms are fiscally able to foot the majority of the bill whereas their parents and perhaps grandparents will cover costs of a certain vendor.

We recommend taking the first weeks of engagement to speak with those key players to see who can cover what bill or if you two are able to cover that on your own.

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Determine How Much You Can Afford

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Alright, let’s get real here. If you’ve been pinning a lot of wedding goals and planning your wedding via Instagram, then you should expect a very big budget to achieve that ‘perfect’ look.  Chances are that photographer was a higher end photographer, the gorgeous florals were roughly $5K and there was a significant amount spent on draping + decor.

Know that it is totally possible to create a perfectly Pinterest look but it may not have all that decor or it may be with a newer/more affordable photographer.

Once your budget is set, you need to look at what you really can afford and what you should expect to spend on each category.

Check out this helpful link to figure that percentage out: Wedding Budget Calculator

Guest List

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Now that you’ve got your budget cemented, let’s take a look at who you’d like to invite!  The smaller the guest count, the more smaller your wedding bill is.  The larger your guest count; the larger your wedding bill is.

Why is that? Well, on average, one should expect to spend about $100/head at least per guest for venue, food, and beverage.

A wedding meal usually begins at $25-$35 depending on your location. Then you need to calculate the beverages which can add to about $10-$15 per head.  Table linens, centerpieces, candles, napkins, desserts, favors, etc all add up into that guest count, too.

Often times, the wedding budget will determine the amount of guests you are able to invite.  But sometimes the wedding guests will determine the wedding budget because you just can’t leave anyone out.

Venue

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Now it’s time to look at your venue.  Are you wanting to be married in a church? Perhaps you’re more of the gorgeous historic mansion type.  Or you’re looking for a rustic mountain venue.  Are you wanting to be married in a big urban city or are you okay with getting married in a more rural location?

The venue type and location will play a role on it’s cost and can add some variables to determining your budget.

Also, do you want a venue that provides table, chairs, and linens? Do you want chivari chairs or are you okay with banquet chairs or even plastic folding chairs?

Determine What’s Important

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Is that the venue? the photographer? The florals? The food? Some folks will Budget more on a vendor category that is more important to them, and spend less that’s a little less important. However, you may decide that you want EVERYTHING! That’s okay, too, however, know that THAT can place an impact on your overall budget, too.

Date & Time of Year

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While this is not the case with every venue, many will offer discounts for off-season wedding dates (roughly November-April) and for less popular days of the week.  For example, if you are okay getting married on a Monday in March, you are more likely to get a discount on your venue (and sometimes vendor!) prices.  However, if you are wanting to get married on New Year’s Eve, you may be paying a pretty penny.

Most of the time, the overall budget will determine the who, when, + where.  But if you’re able to, and decide that one or all of these is more important and finances aren’t an issue, go for your heart! This is, after all, a day about the two of you and we want to create your dream vision!

If you are looking for other information on what to do now that you’re engaged, check out these blog posts!

10 Things To Do Now That You’re Engaged

Three Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Party

Vendor Highlight: The Gourmet Kitchen

The Gourmet Kitchen

(+ Copper Leaf Gardens and Event Center)

www.thegourmetkitchen.biz

www.copperleafeventcenter.com

 

Today’s Vendor Highlight I am bringing you my friends over at The Gourmet Kitchen. I had the privilege of getting connected with Madhoo Seth of The Gourmet Kitchen last summer.  She immediately became a friend to me here in the Colorado Wedding Industry and I was immensely impressed with her talent in literally ANY cuisine.  Madhoo not only owns + runs The Gourmet Kitchen but also owns and operates Copper Leaf Gardens and Event Center in Broomfield, CO.  Along with her husband, Vipul, Madhoo is a powerhouse who strives to give you exceptional service.  When I am not working my own events, you can find me helping out other professionals in the industry, just like The Gourmet Kitchen.

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Madhoo, highlighting her catering business, The Gourmet Kitchen.

 

About The Owner:

The Gourmet Kitchen, Wedding Caterer

Madhoo Seth, Owner of The Gourmet KitchenMadhoo Seth, president and executive chef of The Gourmet Kitchen, began experimenting in the kitchen at just 12 years old. Over the years, her passion and dedication to this art form blossomed as she shared her love of food with clients who became friends. As a successful female entrepreneur and pillar of the community, Madhoo inspires her staff each and every day.

Our team has a passion for green living and infuses sustainability into every event. Our event coordinators are experts in green events and can help coordinate recycling, composting, and eco-friendly menu items and decor. Further, we have incorporated green practices into daily living and business practices by recycling, using LED bulbs, consuming local or organic food, and using compostable table settings.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

 Pistachio

What’s your go-to song?

Careless whisper ( Time can never have)..Wham

Do you have a favorite quote?

Any day it is, “Be the change if you wish to see in the world.” by Mahatma Gandhi.

 

About The Gourmet Kitchen:

How did you get started in your business?

The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding VendorMy background is fashion and design actually. Food was more of a hobby and passion actually and became my profession in no time. I started with corporate lunches, small Indian hors-d’oeuvres and street food or friends and family and here we are today. We cook for 25 to 2000 Guests. I daily religiously spend one hour to date learning new stuff, trends and styles and experimenting recipes.  We call ourselves experts in multicultural weddings. We cater to very diverse crowds and offer unique flavors to please everyone’s palate. We are very knowledgeable in vegan, GF and Vegetarian foods and a lot of happy clients.

How long has your business been established for?

Since 2002.

What makes you stand out from the rest?

We are experts in custom, multi-cuisine and multicultural weddings and we can cook in your language! Our goal is to provide you ONLY what you need to realize the vision of your dream wedding.The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendor

Your food is what will make your wedding spectacular!

A perfect blend of sensational food, inspiring ideas, and professional staff – The Gourmet Kitchen has been offering custom menu design and event services throughout the Front Range since 2002.

With plenty of vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, nut free, kosher, and ethnic options, we can guarantee an experience that your guests will cherish.

What do you love about your field?

Food, Fashion, Glamour, and happy people. What else do you want?

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

A lot of emerald, jewel tones, gold, and beads. And next year it is going to be about feathers as the The Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendoraccent in your centerpieces, Asian bold prints. Bling will be there. Modern and contemporary designs for displays are in for 2018 along with food Stations and fusion foods.

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

I have 4 actually:

  1. Trust your Gut first thing.
  2. Today’s bride wants more than steakThe Gourmet Kitchen, Colorado Wedding Caterer, Wedding Vendor and Potatoes so offer a great variety and food stations, action station, Dessert bar and we are experts in that.
  3. Food is what your guests will talk about even after years of your event. Invest in a well-seasoned caterer like us who has in-depth knowledge of Spices and cuisines around the world. In addition to American fare, TGK provides a large variety of ethnic gourmet food from around the globe, giving its customers an exceptional variety of menu choices. TGK custom designs its menus and services and works closely with its customers to make sure they can enjoy their day to the fullest – worry and stress-free. 
  4. We also provide event coordinators to manage your event so your event is seamless. Our Coordinators go above and beyond to make sure your event is executed in a timely manner. 

 

How to Book The Gourmet Kitchen:

Visit their website here learn more about The Gourmet Kitchen or to contact them about catering YOUR wedding OR call (303) 768-8970

How To Choose A Wedding Officiant

Trying to decide on your officiant for the wedding? There are many different types of officiants you can use for a wedding. Below are some helpful ideas to guide you in choosing the wedding officiant that’s right for you. 

The Different Types of Wedding Officiants

Wedding OfficiantReligious Official: Priests, ministers, rabbis, Muslim qadis, and Hindu priests all perform weddings

Ordained Minister: If you want a friend or family member to do the honors, he or she will have to get ordained.

Justice of the Peace or Notary: Appointed on the state level, these officials are authorized to perform civil marriages.

Civil Officiant: In some states, a person can petition for a one-time pass to perform a marriage. Most require the would-be celebrant to take an oath in a local court and pay a small fee.

Questions To Ask Your Potential Officiant:

Once you have decided what kind of officiant you would like to have, contact them and meet with them. When meeting with your potential officiant, it is important that they connect with you and will give you the ceremony you and your fiance are looking for. Keep in mind, while you are trying to decide if the officiant is a good fit for you, the officiant is trying to decide if they are a good fit for you as well.

Here are some questions to ask:

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  1. What is your fee?
  2. How long have you been performing weddings?
  3. Why do you like to do weddings?
  4. Are you willing to customize your ceremony or let us do so?
  5. Can you incorporate X (any special ceremony, unity candle, sand ceremony, etc)?

Questions Your Officiant May Ask:

The officiant may come back with questions of his or her own to get to know the two of you as a couple. Some of the questions are the following:

  1. How did you two meet?
  2. What made you fall in love with each other?
  3. How did you know that you were The One for each other?
  4. What are the values that are important to you in your marriage?
  5. Where do you see your life as a couple in ten years?
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By sharing some of these details, the officiant can get a better understanding of the two of you as the couple, as well as personalize your ceremony with special details. Once you and your officiant feel like this would be a good fit, you can start to get into the details of the ceremony.

Keep in mind, a good officiant will not insist on specific requirements and will give you every consideration for your special day. It’s your wedding! Shop around and listen to your gut. If there is someone who is making you uncomfortable, remember you have other options. Lastly, it is great to go with someone you are comfortable with and have a great connection with. Feeling like you and your officiant are on the same page will put your mind at ease and give you one less thing to stress over!

Vendor Highlight: April Foster Bridal Hair and Makeup

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April Foster Hair and Makeup Hair and Makeup

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@aprilfosterbridal

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April and I had the privilege of working together on a styled shoot a year and a half ago.  I was so impressed with her professionalism and passion that flowed through her hands.  Styled shoots (just like weddings!) begin early, and I was wowed when I learned she had been up since 4:30 am to make sure she arrived in time for the dark o’clock start time.   This chick’s got talent, friends.  

So without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce you to my first Vendor Highlight:  April Foster of April Foster Bridal.

April Foster Bridal is a luxury onsite beauty team that services the San Francisco Bay Area. April and her team enhance natural beauty by providing clients with soft, romantic, loose and modern looks that bring out their inner glow. From City Hall to larger events her crafted wedding packages provides brides and bridal parties a celebrity-like experience. April and her team are obsessed with all things beauty and are inspired with each opportunity to make someone look and feel like their beautiful inner self.

A Little About You

 

Favorite Ice Cream: So Delicious Coconut Milk “Ice cream” in Cold Brew!

Go-To Song: Something by Mariah Carey or Britney Spears. 😉

About Your Business

How did you get started in your business?

A lot of sweat, tears and lipsticks. Lots of lipsticks.  

How long has your business been established for?

I’ve been in business for 3 years

What’s the process like when someone books with you?

After a Bride reserves her date with 50% date retainer and signed contract, we get down with the fun! Gathering inspiration photos, from everything to hair and makeup to their florals, to their gowns! I want to see it all! We review it during our preview consultation and then co create a look that’s perfect for my Bride’s personality, face shape and hair texture.

Why Should I Pick You?

What makes you different from the rest?

My Brides are my top priority! My crafted hair and makeup packages provides brides and bridal parties a celebrity like experience. With our ‘Classic Day Experience’ which enables me to be behind the scenes of your bridal portraits ensuring every photo that your photographer clicks is absolutely picture perfect.

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

Things are moving away from super organic borderline messy into more sleek and polished looks. I’m seeing a lot more simple and understated looks.

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

Best advice is once you find someone that you love their portfolio, BOOK them! We often book up to a year in advance. To avoid disappointment, lock your favorite artist in.

Interested in booking this beauty talent?

Phone: 415-802-9500

E-mail: hello@aprilfosterbridal.com