According to a recent national survey of nearly 18,000 brides, the average US wedding cost was $28,427. The study shows that this is the highest level since 2008. Here is the breakdown of each wedding cost:
Wedding Reception Venue – $12,905
Engagement Ring – $5,431
Reception Band – $3,084
Wedding Photography – $2,379
Wedding Ceremony Site – $1,711
Wedding Gown – $1,211
Wedding Flowers and Décor – $1,997
Wedding Videography – $1,619
Wedding Planner – $1,847
Grooms Tuxedo – $230
Rehearsal Dinner – $1,135
Wedding Reception DJ – $988
Wedding Transportation – $708
Wedding Ceremony Musicians – $554
Wedding Cake – $560
Wedding Invitations – $344
Wedding Favors – $221
Wedding Catering – $63/guest
Honeymoon – not included
I am not sure why the numbers DO NOT add up, but you get an idea. Get your own FREE wedding planner and budget planner at: http://www.weddingsoeasy.com/register.php?type=free.
How does this compare to what you are planning on spending for your wedding?? Are you going to spend more or less than the national average? Are you going to spend the same amount of money on each wedding category? Leave a comment and let us know.
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But, there was also something not on a typical bride to be list: to check her internet connection. Jacqueline would marry her Fort Gordon soldier through Skype while he is still stationed in overseas in Afghanistan.
“He told me about it,” Jacqueline told NBC 26. “And he’s like what do you think about that? Do you want to do that? And I was like, of course. Since we can’t be together, it’d make it special.”
After two years of dating Trey, Jacqueline told us she couldn’t wait any longer.
“He is a really good person,” she described. “Everyone likes him. He’s funny. He’s easy going. He’s very laid back. It takes a lot to make him mad.”
Sunday afternoon, Trey and his army family lined up in Afghanistan while Jacqueline and her family shared the moment from her Hephzibah home.
They recited their vows to each other.
“My love for you cannot be measured,” Jacqueline said to Trey. “You have filled a void in my life that I never knew was missing.”
“I promise to keep a strong family and keep you guys happy and love you forever,” Trey promised Jacqueline.
The two even shared a kiss through the internet.
Trey is expected home early this year.
By: Lauren Walsh | NBC Augusta
Published: January 06, 2013
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The Waldie family of Mesa made it happen Friday.
They dubbed this the mega wedding -- three sisters, two brothers and their fiances decided to make it official on the same day.
Siblings Sydney, Brooke, Bradford, Walker, and Emily, the Waldie five, are somewhat of a local sensation with their weddings all falling on the same day.
"It's been three months of running and no sleep," laughs mom Kristen Waldie.
"They think we're crazy or that it's the greatest thing on earth," says dad Douglas Waldie.
This Mormon temple wedding marathon means the entire day is filled with activity. In the morning three couples tied the knot, one after another after another.
"It's better than I ever expected, its amazing to be able to see my siblings to be able to see the ceremony," says bride Sydney Schaub.
"It's actually been more perfect than I could have imagined. We've thought it through now for four months and planned this whole thing and everything has just been amazing so it's been a great day," says Emily Allen, another bride.
The five siblings did not have to share every single moment of this special day inside the temple. They have private sacred sealing ceremonies inside the temple. Once they come outside though, the Waldie mega wedding is on.
A family luncheon in the chapel next door serves as a break before ceremonies four and five finish off the formal portion of this truly unique day.
The evening reception for the new brides and grooms caps off months of frantic preparations, but today these couples are all smiles.
So what's next for the proud parents after this mega wedding success?
"We end up in therapy because now were going to be home, just my wife and myself, and my youngest son Drake, a junior in high school. We're going to be staring at each other saying what are we going to do now!" says Douglas Waldie.
The joint reception is Friday night in Mesa. Mom Kristen Waldie says they are all planning an anniversary trip together next year, and will make it a yearly tradition.
Posted: Aug 10, 2012 5:18 PM MDT
Updated: Aug 10, 2012 6:31 PM MDT
By Dan Spindle, FOX 10 News - bio
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By providing couples with an unforgettable way to tie the knot in Las Vegas, the two reverends have found their calling in "mobile matrimony." From its inception, the Wedding Wagon experience was designed to be simple and affordable while also being innovative.
You have your choice of most any location and can use the sliding door on a sidewalk or the back doors for a more elegant ceremony. You can reserve a date or if the need is urgent call or text for immediate service between the hours of 12pm and 9pm.
What do you think?? Would you consider this for your wedding ceremony??
A creamy white wedding gown of silk and handmade lace that was worn first by her grandmother in 1960, then by her mother in 1983 was worn by Katy Elder.
This Oklahoma bride certainly had “something old” and “something borrowed” on her June 30, 2012 wedding day.
“I always knew that I wanted to wear this dress,” Elder said. “I love the style. It’s not like what everybody else is wearing. And the meaning behind it means much more than anything else.”
What do you think?? Would you wear your Mothers or Grandmothers wedding dress??
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I’ll admit it: On my wedding day, the legal and financial consequences of marriage were the last thing on my mind. Seemingly larger concerns such as catering, flowers, guests and honeymoon arrangements relegated any other thoughts to the deep background.
Although this mindset is representative of the vast majority of couples entering into marriage, the success or failure of most marriages hinges on each couple’s ability to deal with issues such as financial assets, communication, conflict, parenting and so forth. Marriage is a contract that carries significant legal and financial consequences. Consider the following issues and discuss any concerns with your future spouse before tying the knot.
Each state maintains its own marriage requirements. These include marriage licenses, blood tests, residency requirements and more. Make sure you and your future spouse have fulfilled all marriage requirements in your state prior to your wedding day.
Marriage, Money and Property
Marriage is a legal contract, meaning your property and finances will merge with those of your spouse to a certain extent. Familiarize yourself with state law definitions of marital property, and understand how to keep certain assets as separate property (if you wish to do so).
Taking on joint debt.
Because marriage involves combining two separate lives, many expenses such as housing, furniture, appliances, vehicles, and so forth, arise. In the event your marriage doesn’t last, you may be obligated to pay off debts that your spouse incurs during the marriage. Therefore, always consider the amount of debt you and your spouse can afford to repay, based on the earning potential of your respective occupations. This includes calculating any preexisting debts incurred by you or your spouse that may affect your ability to repay joint debts.
Does your future spouse pay bills on time? Have you discussed living on a budget? It makes sense to have this discussion before you’re married to decrease expectation disparities that could lead to conflicts.
If either you or your future spouse has significant financial assets, a prenuptial (or premarital) agreement can help define your property and financial rights, including what will happen if the marriage ends. If you are considering entering into a premarital agreement, you should consult an attorney to understand the legal requirements for the agreement to be considered valid and enforceable.
It’s important to keep records of all your financial affairs during marriage including insurance policies, marriage certificates, birth certificates, stock/bond certificates, tax returns, significant receipts and important contracts.
Once you’re married, one of the first things you should do is make appropriate beneficiary changes to any preexisting legal documents, such as insurance policies and stock/bond certificates. Additionally, if either you or your spouse has a preexisting will or other estate planning documents, you should consult your attorney to make appropriate changes.
Taxes and Benefits.
You and your future spouse should also inform your employer of your new legal status so that appropriate changes may be made for insurance benefits and federal income tax withholdings.
If you are adopting your spouse’s surname, be sure to update your driver’s license and Social Security card to reflect the new surname.
Marriage is a big commitment. Taking time to consider these legal and financial issues prior to the big day can alleviate conflicts and help you on your way to a long and happy marriage.
Please note: This article is offered for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice or as pertaining to specific factual situations. Consult with an attorney concerning your own needs and circumstances and to obtain any legal advice with respect to the topics discussed in the article.
Spencer Topham is an associate with the law firm of Callister Nebeker and McCullough in Salt Lake City. His practice focuses on municipal, real property, business, banking, employment and social media law. Visit him at www.cnmlaw.com.
From Zions Bank's Community Magazine • March / April 2012 • Page 72
A love story: Triathlon first, then wedding marks couple's lifelong race together
By Julian Reyes, Deseret News - firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: Saturday, June 9 2012 8:07 p.m. MDT
HIGHLAND - For a bride on her wedding day the morning is usually reserved for personal wedding preparations, getting hair beautifully coiffed and perfect makeup in place in anticipation of that trip to the altar.
But for Shannon Beasley, 35, Saturday morning began well before 6 a.m. as she joined her fiance, Colby Louis Beal, 25, for stretching and warm-up in anticipation of the open water swim, bike leg and finishing run. Makeup was replaced by beads of sweat as the pair took part in the 4th annual Daybreak Triathlon.
"It's crazy, it is definitely crazy, it may have been a bad idea," said Beasley a few days before the triathlon and wedding ceremony.
Together with close friends and family from the wedding party, the couple embarked on a 750 meter sprint swim, the 23.5K bike race and the 5K finish to the triathlon, all before the planned ceremony in the American Fork Amphitheater Saturday.
They're not pros. This was the pair's first-ever triathlon.
So why marry the two big events?
The whole thing began with a bet started by the groom's older brother, Jesse, back when Colby and Shannon were just dating. The brothers wanted to get in shape. Friends joined in and the triathlon became the focus of the training.
The key was the bet: Loser buys sushi for everyone, Colby Beal said.
While the brothers were training for the competition, the happy couple became the happy engaged couple.
"I figured he was going to bail out (of the triathlon) because of the wedding," said the groom's older brother.
But the soon-to-be bride didn't want to interfere with the race. In fact, when the bet was struck she was of a mind to take part: "I heard about the bet and I thought it was a great idea, but at the time we were just dating," she said. "I didn't want to jump in (to the triathlon) and invite myself in to the party."
The brothers didn't mind and she was soon signed up and training.
"When we were looking at weekends — which weekend would work to get married— it kind of was the day (the day of the triathlon) that made the most sense," Beasley said. "So, we were talking about axing the triathlon," she said.
Beal's friends certainly expected that. Of course he would nix the triathlon in favor of the bigger event, thus losing the bet and be stuck footing the bill for sushi for the remaining competitors.
Not so fast.
"Why not do both," the bride recalled. "We can fit both in in one day."
Beasley, the bride, trained for two months and had run a marathon in the past.
As for the groom?
"I don't like running and I am not a good swimmer and I don’t even own a bike," he said. "So, I don’t know why I decided to do it."
The morning arrived and bride and groom showed up in traditional garb, sort of:
He wore a black tuxedo T-shirt with black running shorts. Beasley sported a white shirt and a white running skirt bedazzled with stones, and a veil that blew freely behind her as she and her soon-to-be husband crossed the finish line together.
"We weren't planning on staying together the whole time," Beasley said, "but he actually stayed back with me and finished the race with me instead of competing with the guys he was going to compete with, and win the bet."
The bride said she wasn't willing to sacrifice her wedding day for the sake of a good time.
"I am not concerned with my time and trying to get a good time that I am willing to sacrifice my body," she said.
Both finished the race injury free and ready to move on to the main event.
"It was a great way to start off the day. It was also a good diversion," Beasley said. "We didn't have a whole lot of stress for the actual wedding because we were focused on this this morning," she said Saturday afternoon.
The couple met over three years ago, but did not start seriously dating until after Christmas 2011. She was a widow with children and he a bit younger. And by Valentines Day they were a couple with engagement soon to follow.
"I knew that I wanted to marry her, I just didn’t know how to ask," Colby Beal said.
He recruited Beasley's three children, who one day held up signs with a simple message: "Marry Colby" it said, with Beasley's 3-year-old daughter holding an exclamation point.
So now one race is done and another begins.
"It just feels right this time around. We have both dated a ton of people and every single time you say I should love them for this reason or that reason, I should be more into this because everything I want is there," Beasley said.
"With dating Colby there's tons of reasons why it shouldn't be right, but it just feels good and that is very reassuring and the fact that I have zero desire to keep looking is a huge reassurance as well."
The couple plan soon to move to Las Vegas, where Beal will begin medical studies at Touro University Nevada. But first there's a meal to pay for, for crossing that finish line together with his bride, instead of ahead of his brother and the others.
"Now he has to buy sushi," Beasley said. "But that's OK, it was worth it."
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By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the plains of central Kansas, tornadoes are so unremarkable that guests barely flinched as a barrel-racing bride wed her bull-riding groom with a twister dropping from the sky just miles away.
But for people living outside Tornado Alley, Caleb and Candra Pence's wedding last Saturday is generating the kind of buzz usually reserved for celebrity nuptials. The video of the service has gone viral, garnering more than 20,000 views on YouTube and a flurry of media coverage.
"It is amazing how fast it has taken off," said the groom's uncle, Lee Pence, who shot the video.
After Saturday's outdoor service on the groom's family farm near the small south-central Kansas town of Harper, the couple posed for photos with the twister visible behind them. The pictures capture them smiling serenely — the 21-year-old bride in a white gown and the 22-year-old groom in a cowboy hat and jeans.
About eight to 10 miles away, the twister was damaging a farm and wind turbines. The National Weather Service has classified it as an EF-3 storm, packing winds of 138 to 167 miles per hour.
"I don't know how on earth I will ever top this," said wedding photographer Cate Eighmey, who said she posed the pair for dramatic shots of the newlyweds and the twister behind them. Eighmey's photo shows what appears to be a second funnel dropping down from the cloud.
The couple has spent their honeymoon in Wyoming fielding media calls. Reached on his cellphone by The Associated Press, Caleb Pence recalled seeing the wall cloud forming as the service was about to begin. But with tornadoes a routine occurrence, the storm was the least of his worries.
"I had my mind on marrying my now wife," said Caleb Pence.
His bride, a native of northeast Nebraska who had never seen a tornado before, was much less at ease. He said that when he told her what was happening, she responded, "I don't want to hear it right now.'"
Some of the guests who filled the 250 folding chairs checked weather reports on their cellphones. But otherwise, the 20-minute service — complete with a solo singing performance — wasn't altered.
Afterward, the couple, who met at a rodeo, made a dramatic horseback ride to the metal farm building that had been transformed into the reception site. They scarcely got inside when the skies opened up and poured down rain. The party didn't end until after midnight.
"I don't know how we did it," Caleb Pence said. "It boggles my mind how perfect it worked."
Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
By Roland Lepore
For the Deseret News
On a recent visit to Paris I noticed something somewhat unusual I had never seen, or at least not to the extent I witnessed this time.
Bridges I had crossed multiple times before were now covered with padlocks as a representation of a couple’s love for each other. I later learned that this new phenomenon has been spreading all over Europe. Newlyweds will select a certain spot that is meaningful to them and their relationship and will “lock up” their hearts using these “love locks” as a symbol of what they hope to live — an eternal love.
You will see all over town padlocks engraved with names and initials hanging from both sides of bridges. As it appears, they close the lock and together throw the key in the water right below them. This seals their eternal love. The ritual also symbolizes that their hearts will never be separated and no rival will ever be able to find the key to the heart of their beloved, since the key has disappeared in the water. In this manner, they have found a way to bind together what they hope will remain eternal.
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Roland Lepore is the founder ofwww.lessaintsdesderniersjours.com. He just moved to Lyon, France, with his family after living in Utah for the past 10 years.
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