“What’s important to you” will govern what your wedding will cost.
Developing Your Wedding Budget.
Basic Wedding Facts:
Parts of a Wedding:
- Wedding Ceremony
- Cocktail Hour
- Wedding Reception
How long is a standard wedding celebration?
- Plan on a 2 hour block of time for the Ceremony & Cocktail Hour.
- Plan on a 4 hour block of time for the Wedding Reception.
- The total time for a standard wedding is 6 hours.
Couples plan their weddings 1 to 2 years in advance. A successful wedding can be planned and executed in less time.
Basic Wedding Itinerary Sketch:
- Wedding Ceremony 1 hour
- Prelude Music as guests arrive,
- Wedding ceremony processionals,
- Cocktail Hour 1 hour
- The cocktail hour engages guests while the bridal party takes pictures.
- Wedding Reception 4 hours
- Grand Entrance
- First Dance
- Cake Cutting
- More Dancing
- Music starts a wedding celebration.
- Music continues throughout the celebration.
- Each part of your wedding can have its own music.
Something to think about: You will be choosing music for each part of your wedding.
What are the factors to consider when establishing a budget for your wedding?
Wedding planning is a very creative process and new to most couples. You have ideas. You will get ideas. Your priorities will change. Your budget will develop as you gather information and learn about the services you will be hiring. You may suddenly fall in love with a location or a wedding dress and your budget will again change.
Developing a budget is a fact-finding mission. An exploration into an area that you are not totally familiar with. Learning about services and the people providing those services is just as important as the price of that service. A budget is a planning tool to help guide you in establishing what is important to you and making informed decisions.
Several factors influence what your wedding will cost: Food, Location, Level of Service, Rentals, Flowers/Decor, Presentation and yes Music. “What’s important to you” will govern what your wedding will cost.
Local Cost and National Averages of Wedding Budgets:
Wedding dresses are not a “one size fits all”. Weddings are a personal expression. Unique to each couple. You will be spending thousands of dollars on your wedding. To help you know what to expect, here are some national averages based on 140 guests from www.ValuePenguin.com
|City/State||Price Per Guest||Total Budget|
|New York (Manhattan)||$630||$88,176|
|New York (Outer Boroughs)||$349||$48,866|
|California (Los Angeles)||$264||$36,890|
|California (Santa Barbara)||$338||$47,252|
Music starts a wedding celebration.
Music continues throughout the celebration.
Each part of your wedding can have its own music.
Elegant Music provides:
Live Music – DJ Dance Music – Master of Ceremonies
Elegant Music average price ranges:
To help you become familiar with what music can cost here are some average price ranges.
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music – 80 to 140 guests: $425 – $1150.
Wedding Reception Music – 80 to 140 guests. $1000 – $3600.
Starting the Conversation
Planning a wedding is a new and exciting experience for a couple. You have been thinking about this a lot. This information is provided to help you to start the conversation between you and your fiancee, you and your parents and hopefully between you and me :-)
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I look forward to hearing your ideas.
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann
Elegant Music 626-797-1795