Your wedding, next to buying a house, car or your college education, may be one of the most expensive financial investments you make. The average wedding in Buncombe County is $22,921. The national average is between 26k - 31k, depending on the source. While the median is around 10k. Whatever your budget, you are going to hire multiple vendors to create what is essentially a large production, not dissimilar to a theatre show or any other live entertainment event you would purchase a ticket to attend. A wedding is an event steeped in tradition and decorum. Whether religious or secular, your wedding will consist of many ceremonious elements specific to your cultural and familial background. Your wedding is beautiful, live art.
There are many effective DIY strategies and tricks you can employ to have a gorgeous and reasonable wedding. When OHE is hired for Day of Coordination, brides often design their own wedding aesthetic. Many of the brides I've worked with will box up and label the decor by table so that it can be easily placed in the location they envisioned. This strategy saves on design fees and helps the coordinator ensure decor is appropriately placed and all gets used.
With all the DIY tricks used, there are still things for which you will need help. While it is true that Aunt Mae took a photography class, and your cousin, Kevin, just bought a new turntable and he is really making a go at becoming a DJ in da club scene - there is no substitute for experienced, professional wedding vendors. You will pay for this experience, and it will be worth the investment.
When your wedding is over, what you will have left (besides the obvious new life-partner) are a lot of wedding favors and your memories. When your memory fades you will have photographs. Hiring an amazing photographer is key to a successful wedding. You will narrow down the selection process by various elements: style, personality, inclusion of the bridal portraits, hours of coverage, ect. And here is what you are paying for:
Ever wonder what goes into a single wedding for photography?
(Courtesy of Shannon Skloss Photography)
That is between 25 - 62 hours of work per wedding. As Shannon says, "It is a beautiful process!" But it is a process, and one that is well worth the investment in your event.