The Average Cost to Attend a Wedding

A few weeks ago we posted the Knot’s annual bridal survey explainging the average cost to have a wedding,  but today we caught wind of the average cost to ATTEND a wedding. Ready for this…

The American Express study finds the average cost to attend a wedding is $592.  This number has grown 75% in the past two years, but this large increase is not going anywhere. This number will stay steady into 2014. Weddings are no longer just cost heavy for the bride and groom, attending a wedding is going to require some saving.  Of course this number will vary depending if one is in the wedding party or not. However, the amount spent on the wedding gift is not factored in to the $592. This number covers travel, attire, wedding apparel, wedding day occasions, etc. For those who are attending a wedding we encourage you to save, plan and (of course as wedding planners) create a budget!


Cathy + Michael’s Country Chic Wedding

A country themed wedding hit the Chicago History Museum last summer and Big City Bride is still smiling thinking of this lovely celebration! The theme was set early in the planning process and creative mason jar’s were sent out as their save the date. A more formal invitation was sent later, still following the delightful country theme. Cocktail hour was celebrated in proper fashion; Mini Manhattans and Blueberry Lemonades were served in mason jars topped off with a personalized drink mixer. Cocktail hour was held outside at the CHM and bales of hay were dressed in lace and colorful cushions surrounded by vintage furniture items. The inside of the CMH transformed into a country chic dream! Long farm tables were mixed with eclectic floral arrangements, chairs, plates and linens creating an elegant and one of a kind atmosphere. The decor and floral transformed this refined Chicago establishment into a country venue for the night! This special celebration was also featured on the Knot this month and can be found under “Country Meets City Wedding.”










Tax Tips from Chicago’s Favorite Wedding Planner

With just a few hours left of the one and only TAX DAY, we wanted to share with you a few ways to save money on wedding expenses. How to save money on the ceremony? If your ceremony will take place in a synagogue, church, etc. and you’ve decided to make a donation some or all of the fee or “donation” can be tax deductible. This donation can be written off as an itemized charitable deduction. Other wedding expenses that can be donated and also written off this way include: decorations, extra food, and wedding attire. IMPORTANT! Make sure to keep all receipts and then document the details of the donation. Record the name of the charity, the date of the donation and the amount given away.

The Average Cost of a Chicago Wedding


As wedding planners, we know weddings cost a lot of money and Chicago weddings cost more then most. It’s one of the hardest parts of our job explaining the budget that comes along with a wedding, but we make it our top priority to educate our clients on the costs. Every year, The Knot magazine publishes the “25 Most Expensive Places to Get Married” based off Real Weddings Study. The 2013 average was just released and it is at an all time high with Chicago ranking #4! The national average is $29,858 excluding the honeymoon and Chicago’s average is $48, 449. However, this number is just an average….Take a look and see what the rest of the country looks like!

Orange Infused Wedding Celebration- Style Me Pretty Feature

As Style Me Pretty perfectly states, this wedding was “a happy, happy celebration!” Jennifer and Kevin’s orange infused wedding took place St. Partick’s Day weekend at the River East Arts Center. The subtle pops of orange and coral against the green linens created a perfect mix of spring colors. This special Chicago wedding truly captured the beautiful merging of two families. Kevin’s two sons were a very important and memorable part of their day. The two boys put together dinner entertianment for all the guests, a magic show. Jennifer and Kevin helped the adorable boys put on one of the best magic shows we have ever seen! This wedding was a beatuiful occasion and we were so happy to be apart of it. Also, we are so happy to see it featured on Style Me Pretty Real Weddings! Find the full feature at: 




Photography: Chicago photographer Robyn Rachel