The Wedding-Spending Diaries
MEDIUM–HIGH BUDGET: DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT PARTY FOR 85
After setting a $68,000 budget with her parents, the bride, 34, hired a planner “to cut down on my stress and time constraints,” she says. “The planner was also a buffer between me and my parents. My priorities were décor, music, and photography, but my parents really cared about the food.”
Battery Gardens Restaurant (no site fee).
In Any Event. “They helped us allocate our budget wisely.”
Wedding correspondence: $3,000
Alpine Creative Group. Included save-the-dates from PhotoCard-Creations.com($250); simple invitations on heavy card stock from Alpine Creative ($2,200); calligraphy by Invitations by Ana ($200), who also did the place cards ($250); programs from Custom-Programs.com ($250); and postage ($100).
Corey Morris. Seven hours before the wedding; touch-ups for the ceremony. “He’s my regular hairdresser who at the time was at Sally Hershberger, and now he’s at Jason Croy Salon.”
Sandy Linter from the Kenneth Salon at the Waldorf Astoria. Included day of for the bride, as well as the makeup trial.
Rabbi Burt Siegel.
Ceremony, cocktail, and reception music: $9,000
Ronnie Gesser. Included a ceremony trio, a cocktail-hour trio, and an eight-piece band for the four-hour reception.
Wedding bands: $5,500
Gold Art LLC.
Bride’s attire: $8,050
Carolina Herrera dress from Saks Fifth Avenue ($6,000) plus alterations ($450), Pedro Garcia shoes from Zappos.com ($400), veil from Saks Fifth Avenue ($400), jewelry from Ten Thousand Things ($800).
Groom’s attire: $500
A previously owned tux; a new vest and tie from Barneys New York ($200), Hugo Boss shoes from Bloomingdale’s ($300).
Limores.net. Included black sedans to and from the reception for bride, groom, families, and wedding party.
Cappy Hotchkiss. Included nine hours of photography, all proofs, an assistant photographer, and black-and-white and color film, as well as old-fashioned cameras for effect.
Josh Hume. Included twelve hours of filming, plus the raw footage and three DVDs, each comprising a ten-minute short and a 45-minute edit.
Artfool. Included three bouquets, seven boutonnieres, a birch-branch chuppa with organza overlay, a moss-and-petal-strewn aisle runner for the ceremony; tree branches and candlelit bowls with floating orchids for cocktail hour; nine tall pear-branch and low orchid centerpieces; and a place-card-table centerpiece with cards hanging from the branches.
(In-house.) Included eight passed hors d’oeuvre, six stations (cheese, vegetable, Mediterranean, carving, seviche, and pasta), a four-course dinner, an unlimited bar for cocktail hour and the sit-down dinner reception, a sorbet, a chocolate fountain, and cookies.
April Reed. “I have allergies, so we had to find someone who didn’t use almond flour. We did, but it was pricier.”
“My dad is famous for his chocolate-chip cookies, so we gave tins of them out to guests.”
Gift bags for out-of-town guests: $160
From the Winter 2007 New York Wedding Guide