In-Law To Be

Morristown, TN

#1 Jan 12, 2013
Just wondering what the average cost is for weddings in this area. Its been a while since I have attended or even planned one. We have one in the making for this fall for our daughter and wondering how much I should even attempt to budget.
get ready to spend

Shelbyville, TN

#2 Jan 12, 2013
Our daughter recently got married and her wedding ran about 17,000.00. That is not including the photopgrapher as the grooms family nicely agreed to pay for the pics.Everything is so expensive. I recommend rent alot of the items that will not need to store forever- vases or centerpieces for reception tables from All Occassions in Knox- they have tablecloths, chair covers, etc. Get started as early as can. And get someone to help even if it is a part time wedding planner. They can be a lifesaver.
Good luck!

United States

#3 Jan 12, 2013
Why not just select a nice small little church somewhere in the country....

Put up a few flowers.....

Then have a nice little reception in the fellowship hall or outside?

You and friends could do everything yourselves except for the cake, dresses, and, maybe, the pictures.

It would be a lot less stress, and much more meaningful to you as well as the guests....because it would be such an intimate setting.

Why go through all the drama of a production? All that does is distract from what should be a highly meaningful and sacred activity.

Why end up like this?

Morristown, TN

#4 Jan 14, 2013
In-Law To Be wrote:
Just wondering what the average cost is for weddings in this area. Its been a while since I have attended or even planned one. We have one in the making for this fall for our daughter and wondering how much I should even attempt to budget. thing you can do to save money up front and for right now is don't hire a professional photographer to do your pictures. There are tons of "moms with cameras" who make fantastic pictures at their kids football games, basketball, soccer, softball games, and photos in the front yard. Anyone with any sense knows that with these new cameras, all you have to do is set the camera on the "auto" setting and the camera does the rest. Just go to a camera store or Wal-Mart and buy a camera the day of the wedding and have someone at the wedding make the pictures for you. Better yet, you could make them yourselves. You could make hundreds of pictures, most of them would be dark, eyes be red, things in the background looking like they are growing out of the bride and groom's heads, poor focus, shadows in the eyes making them look like black holes, but you would have cheap pictures. Next, get a CD of the pictures and take them to one of the quick print places and have the cheapest prints made you can. You'll save a TON of money, but you won't have much in the way of pictures. Weddings are expensive. Too many people try to save on pictures, but end up with "shapshots" they will regret in years to come. There are several EXPERIENCED photographers in our area. Choose one who can show you SEVERAL weddings they have shot, and look closely at the pictures. You may save yourself some regret later! Rent candles/holders, save on decorations, but do not skimp on your pictures. You will regret it!!!!! Stay away from the people who tell you they know it all!

Morristown, TN

#5 Jan 14, 2013
If you think a wedding's expensive,
Try going through divorce court;
She gets half of everything,
Plus alimony and child support.

Morristown, TN

#6 Jan 14, 2013
Buy a ladder and promise the groom free beer starting year #5.
Minnie Pearl

Morristown, TN

#7 Jan 14, 2013
$17,000 for a WEDDING? There's someone with more money than sense. But I guess if you got it, spend it. Unfortunately most people in this area don't even clear that much in 6 months.
I agree with "But Why Not". There is no need to spend a fortune on a wedding unless you are just the kind who needs to show off. The wedding is about the union being created, not about who can throw the biggest shindig.
Have the wedding at your church: costs nothing. Don't have a church home? Try your back yard or living room for a small ceremony. Get some flowers at a local florist, or if you are creative, buy some at WalMart and make your own bouquets, corsages, and decorations. A beautiful wedding cake that tastes delicious can be bought for less than $100 to feed 50 guests. Make some punch, buy some nuts and mints, and you have a reception.
It's all about learning where to shop, and putting the focus on the bride and groom, and NOT on how much money you have to show off.
A nice wedding can cost anywhere from nothing to thousands. It really depends on what the happy couple want and what they and their families can afford.

Morristown, TN

#8 Jan 14, 2013
Do a destinasion wedding. My daughter got married in Jamaica and had about 20 of our closest friends and family come. Everyone paid their own way and got a great vacation. The resort has several wedding packages starting at about $300 and includes everything. We had a beautiful wedding on the beach and everyone had a wonderful time without spending a fortune.

Lexington, NC

#9 Jan 15, 2013
You can get married for WAY cheaper then 17k.... My wedding was around 1500 at the rose center.. That includes everything I needed.. And it was beautiful!

United States

#10 Jan 16, 2013
Give me a contact & I can help. Can help with photos, food , flowers, venue cheaper than anyone else!

Sunnyvale, CA

#11 Jan 16, 2013
Nobody said they HAD to spend 17K - they CHOSE to spend that for the wedding they wanted. If you want a $1500 wedding - you'll get what you pay for. If you want a $15000 wedding - you'll get what you pay for - and so on.
Can help

Morristown, TN

#12 Jan 16, 2013
If you want a great deal on your rentals and great food. Contact Kathy Stewart at Wedding and party rentals. She is excellent and will help you with any and everything you can plus, will give you the best price around. Good luck and hope this helps!

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