If you’re currently planning your wedding, you’ve undoubtedly been inundated with an endless amount of Painfully Pretty Weddings from Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, wedding magazines, and countless blogs. The wedding industry excels at presenting gorgeous inspiration — from impeccably styled shoots to the most unique of minute details — but really falls short in educating couples on how much these things cost. We feel that lack of information sets up you guys for disappointment (and tons of What The Heck?! moments) when it comes time to start hiring vendors or planning a realistic-for-you budget.
As part of our ongoing commitment to bringing you practical inspiration and information, we’re launching a new weekly feature called “Reality Check” where we take a scene from a wedding and break down the estimated costs for you.
Reality Check is not about passing judgement on how much anyone spends on their weddings (or what vendors charge) nor is it about re-creating the scenes we showcase. We simply want to give you an idea of what things realistically cost.
In addition to the scenes we already have planned, we welcome submissions from:
- Photographers – If you have a photo you’d be willing for us to showcase for the purpose of a Reality Check, let us know.
- Vendors – If you’d like to submit a scene and the cost-breakdown of the elements within it, we’d love to hear from you.
- Newlyweds – If you’d like to share a shot from your recent wedding along with the cost-breakdown of what you paid, please don’t hesitate to share.
Here’s an example of how it works
Hover over one of the dots to see an estimated price and scroll down below the picture to see a breakdown of the costs.
Table Rental: $12.00
Chair Rental: 10 x $3.50 = 35.00
Chair Ribbons: 10 x $2.50 = 25.00
Glassware: 20 x $0.90= 18.00
Plates: 10 x $3.50 per person = $35.00
Silverware 6 pieces per person @ $0.7o each = $4.20 /pp x 10 people: $42.00
Votive Holders: 14 x $0.45 = $6.30
Candles: 12 x $0.25 = 3.00
Large Candle Holders: 2 x $4.50 = $9.00
Mirror Plates: 2 x $2.50 = $5.00
Favors: 10 x $3.50 = $35.00
Food: 10 x $35.00 = $350.00
Estimated Total For This Table: $686.00 (including food)