After months of meetings and trips to Massachusetts our sister is born. Welcome to Boston Betrothed and congratulations to all the fine pros who have had a hand in launching the new website today.
This is especially rewarding and significant to me as I initiated this project as my personal relationship grew more serious and I started to see my wedding planning business expanding.
Brooklyn Betrothed – the concept and collective has been so important to my business and me personally. Thrilled to be partnering with some equally wonderful people in the New England area, I optimistic this fab new crew will accelerate my acclimation to this beautiful new market.
Excited to share my expertise and collaborate with natives of New England, it is truly the perfect compliment to the weddings and clients I plan and enjoy in New York.
Thank you for checking out the newest member of our Betrothed family!xo,
Wedding Crashers has come and gone and did not disappoint. With a record 500 attendees, our friends and colleagues went all out. It’s seriously one of the most fun days of the year for couples and wedding pros alike. The professional party was hosted by Brooklyn Based and The Green Building. Thanks to all who fed us delicious food and the abundance of eye candy.
As we recapped, it was unanimous that the bite of lobster roll courtesy of Red Hook Lobster Pound was one of our favorite savory bites of the day. It was great to see so many of our old friends and I was pleasantly surprised to see many fun and friendly new faces.
Mindy was handing out the world’s best (in my opinion) salted caramels, Anni debuted her new green do, Michelle had the adorable mini cake pops on hand, Kristina’s table showcased the photo guest book that I love. I celebrated my company’s expansion to New England by giving out gummy lobsters. Ruth was there in spirit through her lovely illustrations adorning many of our tables.
Thanks to Josh Strauss Weddings for the fun photo booth.
Thanks to all the couples who came out and shared their stories and wedding plans.
Thanks to Nicole and Brooke for making it the best Wedding Crashers ever.xo,
Q: For most of the expenses, such as flowers and photography, I don’t even know where to start thinking about budget. I’ve never contracted any of these services before, so how do I know what’s reasonable, other than doing lots and lots of research?
Budgeting for weddings can be one of the most difficult tasks to project accurately.
You can start by calculating what you can and want to spend on your wedding comfortably without putting yourself into debt. Consider what type of wedding you are hoping to host and figure out who will be contributing to the wedding budget.
Venue and catering will likely be the largest percentage of your overall wedding budget. Taking the time to shop around early in the process is key.
Once you’ve decided on a venue and caterer the largest impact on your overall budget will be the number of guests you invite as that affects the quantity of food prepared, number of cocktails poured, tables covered, chairs ordered, etc.
A general rule is that photography and flowers should each be between 8-12% of your overall wedding budget.
Getting to your question specifically, there is no magic answer, but there is lots of criteria to consider. I will go on record saying that photography is not where you want to save. There are new photographers who are talented but lack the experience and portfolios that may be willing to work for less in exchange for the experience, portfolio content, etc. If this is the route you’re considering, please be prepared to ask the right questions. That said, some of the most talented photographers I work with have services that range from $5,000 to $20,000. That range may seem significant and while it is, shooting style, post-production, years of experience, number of shooters, hours of service, location, albums and engagements shoots all factor into a photographer pricing structure. See what photographers you are drawn to based on their photos, email them for availability and a sense of their pricing and then if they are more than you want to spend maybe they can recommend someone with a similar style that may align better with your budget.
There is also no exact answer in terms of flower budget either, alas. It’s easier for me to help you understand what affects the bottom line most. Those items would be the season of the wedding, availability of blooms, choice of flowers, vessels selected, number and size of arrangements, bouquets and personal flowers needed.
I hope this offers you a bit of insight into the wedding industry. Some people are happy to shop at Target, while others are loyal to Neiman Marcus. It’s personal preference, budget, style, personality and priorities.xo, Tammy
Engagement Season is well underway and we’ve already heard from many newly engaged couples. Congratulations to all the couples who plan to wed in 2013 and 2014. To those who are initiating proposals, here are some things to consider:
Public or Private
Consider what your beloved would be most comfortable with. What will inspire comfort, confidence, romance and excitement?
Even if your future fiancé is independent, you may want to consider involving their family if it’s appropriate. In lieu of asking for father’s permission, you can have a conversation with both parents, or plan to see them right after to share the good news in person so they can take part in this exciting time. For encore engagements, including children from previous relationships in the proposal is a great opportunity to start things off on a positive note for everyone involved.
Ask your partner to weigh in, if you really plan to make the proposal a surprise, solicit the help of someone close to your partner, or offer a place holder—with a plan to shop for the ring soon after the proposal, so the ring your fiancée will wear forever is one that is cherished. Two fun Brooklyn stores to shop for rings at are: The Clay Pot in Park Slope and Catbird in Williamsburg.
Remember while I would encourage anyone asking to be themselves and speak from the heart and be as organic as possible, this is a really meaningful and significant time in both your lives. This is a story you and your partner will share for years to come. Take the thought, time and love this process deserves. Listen to your heart and consider what will make your future fiancée feel happy, excited and loved.
Best of luck and once the proposal is finished, please share the story with us, we’d love to hear how you did it and your fiance’s reaction, so we can offer you and your fiancée our sincere congratulations!
Here’s to a year of good health, happy memories and great times in Brooklyn and beyond. We are all so thrilled that you’re still reading and following our wedding adventures. Your interest in what we write fuels us more than you know and we hope to bring you more value, beauty, advice, guidance and inspiration in the months to come.
Best of luck with resolutions, wedding plans and all 2013 brings your way!