Wedding Costs Where You Live

Can you guess the most expensive place to get married in the U.S.? According to a recent industry survey by XO Group Inc., creator of TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com and based on survey results from those sources, it’s New York City.

Wondering where your city fell on the list? Here are the top 10 locations from their list of 20.

  1. New York City
  2. Chicago
  3. New York Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and NYC Outer Boroughs)
  4. Northern/Central New Jersey and Southern New Jersey
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA
  7. Boston
  8. Philadelphia
  9. Connecticut
  10. San Francisco

My advice to East Coast brides is start saving since 7 out of the 10 most expensive places to get married are located there.

Go Green – Inspiration for Spring and Eco-friendly Weddings

Spring arrived last week – at least according to the calendar! So brings the urge to get outdoors and bask in the sun. Here at MAWeddingGuide.com, it also means lots of New England weddings! April kicks off wedding season so we’re bringing you some springtime inspiration. Checkout what inspiring wedding professionals are offering that not only brings a touch of spring into your wedding, but can also make your wedding eco-friendly.

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Credit: Bridesmaid Dress, Table Number with Flower Décor, Favors, Bamboo Favor Coasters, Green Hanging Decorations, Bird Seed Favors, Eco-Friendly Table Setting, Lime Green Shoes and Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs.

Need more inspiration? Find 4 Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas that are easy to implement, plus find more spring inspiration from local MA wedding professionals!

Wedding Movies of 2012

Oscar fever is in the air, so I thought in honor of that, I’d take a second look at a couple wedding related movies that were released in 2012. Neither is up for an Oscar but that doesn’t mean they’re not fun to watch on demand at home with your favorite guy.

The Five-Year Engagement – This romantic comedy, about a couple whose relationship is stressed because their engagement keeps getting pushed back, stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

Bachelorette – This comedy is about three friends who are asked to be bridesmaids for a woman they made fun in high school.  It stars Kristen Dunst, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott and James Marsden.

Both films are enjoyable and have great casts so fill up the popcorn bowl, open your Goobers and Raisinets and treat yourself to a night of comedy!

Wedding Symbols

Most people know that the wedding ring symbolizes unending love or that the white wedding gown symbolizes purity but have you ever wondered about the meaning of some other popularly used symbols? Below is some inspiration you’ll find from our Wedding Symbols Pinterest Board.

Wedding Themes - Symbolically Speaking
Wedding Symbols - Symbolically Speaking

Will you choose a symbol for your wedding? MAWeddingGuide.com has helpful ideas on popular wedding symbols for your MA wedding theme >

The Revealing

It’s a boy – or is it a girl?

Lindsay & Tim’s rustic wedding ceremony and reception are set in the beautiful
Essex Conference and Retreat Center in Essex, Massachusetts (45 minutes North of Boston). Their wedding celebrates more than just their vows and union; but reveals the gender of their upcoming addition to their family.

What we loved:

  • The groom and groomsmen’s strayed from traditional tuxedos and opted for khakis with pink striped ties. The groom stood out from wedding party by adorning a khaki colored vest.
  • The bride tossed tradition to the side, too, by opting for flowers instead of a veil.
  • Bridesmaids were right on trend by not wearing matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses but rather wore peach dresses while the maid-of-honor wore khaki.
  • The Welcome Table included a basket for family and friends to offer name suggestions for their soon-to-be baby.
  • Tiny lights trimmed the reception tent giving a warm and inviting feel. Glow sticks and a campfire light the night as the reception continues into the evening.
  • Cake Cutting turned into more than just cutting and feeding each other. The guests and the couple find out the gender of the baby as they cut into the cake…will it be a pink cake or a blue cake?! Watch to find out…

Nationwide Tour of Gowns Coming to a City Near You

On January 18– 20th, the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, MA, is holding “The Nationwide Tour of Gowns,” a sale of new and gently worn bridal dresses to support the efforts of Brides Against Breast Cancer™.

The organization’s gown sales fund programs and services that are free to cancer patients and their families. I think this event is a fabulous fundraising idea offering brides a selection of designer and brand name gowns at a significant savings off regular retail prices while at the same time enabling brides to support a worthy cause. It’s a win-win situation for brides and women with breast cancer.

To see the 2013 dates for the “Nationwide Tour of Gowns,” visit www.bridesabc.org. The tour hits over 100 cities so there’s sure to be a stop near you.

Pros and Cons of Holiday Weddings

Like me, many people just love the holidays. Although it is a very stressful time of year, people are generally in a giving mood and they look forward to spending time with family and friends. So it seems like a no-brainer that holiday time would also be a good time for a wedding. I’ve been to a couple of holiday weddings and they certainly did harness the magic of the season. That being said, I think a holiday wedding could also have some downsides. Here are a few pros and cons to think about when considering a holiday wedding.

Pros
1.Most venues and places of worship are festively decorated for the holidays, leaving less work for the bride and groom.
2.Visiting out-of -town family are available to attend a wedding.
3.Wedding vendors such as photographers, videographers and venues may lower their prices since holiday time is a somewhat slow time.

Cons
1. The holidays are already a stressful time of year. Planning a wedding at the same time just adds more craziness.
2. Guests may already have holiday plans and may not be able to attend a wedding.
3. The holiday season brings with it added expenses and a wedding would add to guests’ expenditures.

It’s up to the individual couple to decide if a holiday wedding is for them. If you’ve decided to have a holiday wedding, let us know why.

Ring in the Holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and with it comes the beginning of the holiday season, but it also marks the beginning of engagement season.  Research has shown that for the past few years, December has been the most popular month for engagements. It’s really not that surprising given that gift giving is a highlight of the holidays.  What better gift is there than a beautiful diamond ring and proposal from the person you love?

I can’t think of a better holiday gift than a diamond engagement ring especially if it’s given in a fun, creative way. Guys are coming up with some pretty unique holiday engagement proposal ideas including diamond deliveries by Santa, placing a diamond ring at the bottom of a champagne glass or giving a stuffed animal wearing a diamond ring.

No matter how your guy proposes this holiday season, a brilliant diamond engagement ring will definitely make the season bright!

Going on a Diamond Hunt

Fenway Park is usually home to Red Sox baseball but it recently became the place for the first ever Hearts On Fire Diamond Hunt at Fenway Park. Over 250 couples competed in a contest that involved Red Sox trivia, skill challenges and a scavenger hunt around the ball park. Amanda and Mike Kachinski from Peabody, MA were the lucky winners of the grand prize which was hidden near Pesky’s Pole.

The grand prize….a $20,000 Hearts On Fire diamond ring! I’d definitely compete for a $20,000 ring, how about you?