The Cost Question: How Much Value Do We Get For The Price?

Believe me, I understand.

You’re on a tight budget but you want the best wedding you can afford. It’s true for couples on shoestring budgets and for couples planning a wedding in the six figure range. Price is always important, period.

That said, let’s consider the difference between Price (what something costs, in dollars and cents) and Value (what it is worth) when it comes to selecting your professional wedding officiant.

I have performed hundreds of ceremonies and spoken to hundreds of couples, vendors and other officiants about weddings over the past 10 years. The quality of wedding officiants really does vary widely so choosing your officiant based on price alone isn’t always the best value and, sometimes, it can be very costly indeed. Continue reading The Cost Question: How Much Value Do We Get For The Price?

What happened to Weddings?

Once upon a time weddings were simple events. You fell in love, you told your family and friends, you went to church in your “Sunday best” clothes for a simple ceremony either during or after the service, then you went home for a small celebration feast with those closest to you. The end. No full year of planning, no high ticket dresses, no fire-breathing elephants dancing at your $50,000 reception hall. Just two people, in love. Simple.

Now the word wedding seems to mean complicated and expensive. Why? What happened?

Continue reading What happened to Weddings?