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hidden wedding costs
Budget
February 3, 2020

Hidden wedding costs that will bust your budget

Most engaged Cincinnati couples create a wedding budget, which this blog highly recommends to avoid the stress that can occur when wedding bills come due. But beware the hidden wedding costs that can sneak into the equation and surprise you when you add up all of your expenses. License fees Sometimes, it’s just some simple, innocuous items like your marriage license fees. In the scheme of things, they’re not that much, ranging from $70 to $104 in Alabama; $40 to $60 in Ohio; $60 in North Carolina; $82 in Texas; $15 to $40 in Illinois; and about $100 in Tennessee,…
balanced wedding budget
Budget
December 9, 2019

How a lopsided wedding budget can spoil your celebration

How would you like to attend a wedding where the bride wears a $33,931 wedding gown? But there are no flowers. No ceremony music. No wedding reception. No dancing. No food. No cake. No photography. No invitations. No honeymoon. Nothing, because she blew her entire wedding budget on the gown? What a bore. According to The Knot, the average 2018 wedding couple nationally spent $33,931 on their wedding. (According to Value Penguin, the average Cincinnati wedding couple spends $20,311.) One key to a successful wedding is a balanced wedding budget. In reality, an average bride spends a little less than…
cash bar
Budget
August 19, 2019

Is a cash bar tacky at a wedding?

According to The Knot, the average couple spends $2365 on booze at their wedding. That’s a chunk of change! So what will your guests think if you go with a cash bar to save money? For starters, very few weddings feature cash bars any more. The Knot tells us only 8% of weddings used them in 2017, down from ten percent just two years earlier. The reason the vast majority of couples prefer a hosted bar over a cash bar is weddings are a big deal. Your guests have already made a financial investment by just being there when you…
reduce wedding budget
Budget
July 8, 2019

How to reduce your wedding budget by twenty percent

If money is an issue (and it usually is!) when planning your Cincinnati wedding budget, there is one easy way to reduce your wedding budget: reduce the size of your guest list. If you need to cut your wedding budget twenty percent, cut your guest list by the same amount. According to The Knot, the typical couple spends about 45% of their budget on their wedding venue, which typically includes food and booze. Reduce your wedding guest list by twenty percent and you have that many fewer people to feed and buy drinks for. Your savings are dramatic. Granted, you…