Why Exactly Are Weddings So Expensive?

 March 22, 2017

We’ve all heard it before– the wedding markup is real. This is the idea that vendors charge more, simply because the label of ‘wedding’ is attached to something. Maybe someone told you to ask a baker for a cake for an event, but not get specific. Or maybe you heard that venues charge more for a wedding party than they do for a regular party, so skip over the mention of nuptials. Or maybe you read one of those ‘advice’ articles about how to save money on your wedding by not mentioning that it was a wedding. So is there any truth to all these rumors? If there isn’t, why exactly are weddings so much more expensive than a normal party?! Let’s resolve this once and for all– there is no wedding markup. Yes, weddings are more expensive than parties. That’s because they’re not the same thing! We’re letting you in on a few secrets- 4, to be exact, that explain why weddings are so expensive, once and for all.

  1. The stakes are higher. Let’s face it– a wedding is a bigger deal than a birthday party. Therefore, the stakes are higher, and wedding vendors work hard to deliver that level of service. Thus, they have to charge accordingly! Their time, just like anyone else’s, is worth money. You want the best, and they want to give it to you! Weddings often seem like twice as much as another event, but that’s because they’re twice as much time, and effort.
  2. It’s more than just one day. You’ve spent MONTHS planning your wedding. Well, so have your vendors! All those emails, phone calls, meetings, time spent organizing and planning– it all goes toward the vendors overhead. So you’re paying for more than just the 12 hours of your actual big day. You’re paying for all the time that goes into the wedding prep, too!
  3. Vendors are professional, and you get what you pay for. Think about this– if someone offered to re-do your kitchen cabinets for $200 (or free!) you’d probably be suspicious. They’re a professional, and you know you’re going to pay a certain amount when you hire one. It’s worthwhile, because they know what they’re doing. Wedding vendors are the same! They’re professionals, running a business, and charge according to overhead, portfolio and time, as well as many other factors.
  4. Pinterest (and trends). Sometimes, Pinterest, and other social media sites, make certain things SUPER popular. Like, for example, pink peonies. What they don’t tell you, though, is that peonies have an incredibly short season, and are often difficult to get. So, if you have your heart set on that fluffy pink bouquet, you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny– no matter what that Pinterest caption told you. There’s always a way to make your dreams happen, it just sometimes costs more depending on extenuating factors.

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