June 2016

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

What’s the first step brides should take when planning their wedding?  Hint: it’s not hopping on Pinterest!  The first and most important step is establishing a realistic guest count and budget!  Sarah Chancey, Founder and Creative Mentor behind Chancey Charm is sharing just how to do that in the below video.  She is also covering why your guest count determines how far your budget can be stretched and how keeping your guest count smaller helps the wedding planning experience.

Steps In Planning Your Wedding

Get A Handle On Your Guest List And Budget

Wedding guests

When the first step in your wedding planning journey is setting a realistic guest count and budget, you are able to start the planning process on the right foot as you know just how much you have to work with when you begin approaching venues and vendors.  Below, you will find the average cost of a wedding in America, along with the average prices for vendor services.  Please note, these costs are based on a guest count of about 100 guests and a budget of about $30,000, which may be above or below what you have to spend.

How Should Your Budget Break Down?

If your wedding doesn’t fall in this sample price range, planning your budget from the perspective of percentages (see below) is a better fit.  This will also be helpful in planning accordingly to make room for your “non-negotiables” or elements of the wedding you are willing to splurge on.  Having your heart set on a particular venue or vendor may mean you have to adjust your budget.  If you notice the cost of your dream photographer is over the allocated amount you have to spend in that area, for example, then it will be imperative to find ways to cut back in other areas you may not be as passionate about.

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  • $1,000   Invitations and Paper Goods
  • $1,000   Transportation
  • $1,000   Ceremony Site
  • $750       Ceremony Music
  • $2,500   Flowers and Décor
  • $2,000   Gown
  • $2,500   Reception Venue
  • $750       Cake
  • $8,000   Catering
  • $2,500   Reception Music – Live Band or DJ
  • $3,000   Photographer
  • $1,500    Videographer
  • $3,000   Planner
  • $500      Miscellaneous (Favors, Welcome Baskets, etc.)

Total Costs: $30,000


  • 5%         Invitations and Paper Goods
  • 5%         Transportation
  • 5%         Ceremony
  • 5%         Ceremony Music
  • 5%         Flowers and Décor
  • 0%         Gown
  • 5%         Reception Venue
  • 5%         Cake
  • 27%       Catering
  • 5%         Reception Music – Live Band or DJ
  • 10%       Photographer
  • 0%         Videographer
  • 10%       Planner
  • 0%         Miscellaneous (Favors, Welcome Baskets, etc.)

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For more wedding planning tips, visit Chancey Charm’s blog and free wedding planning video series!

Looking for a way to help finance your wedding trip? Consider setting up a honeymoon registry as part of your bridal registry.

Sarah Chancey started the Chancey Charm journey five years ago with a clear vision and a strong desire to build a business she loved. Her business has since grown into a national brand, with planners spanning nine cities and counting. A huge component of her success is her unmatched knack for design. Her use of custom sketches and design boards in the luxury wedding planning process is something that developed naturally and helped her find her niche in the industry. Throughout the years, Sarah’s designs have been featured in several top-tier publications, including Martha Stewart Weddings, BRIDES, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, Southern Weddings, Bridal Guide and Weddings Unveiled, along with countless others.

For more information about planning a wedding, visit the website of Chancey Charm  for great ideas.

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Are you thinking about jetting off to a beautiful overseas destination to say your I do’s? Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular and it’s easy to see why…the guaranteed gorgeous weather, scenic beaches, and breathtaking sea views are only few of the many reasons that couples decide to tie the knot abroad rather than having a wedding here at home in the UK or in the US.

In planning for a wedding trip to one of these not-to-be-missed honeymoon locations, having a honeymoon registry is an excellent way to make it a reality.

Best Romantic Wedding Destinations

At The Bridal Consultant, we’re delighted to be sharing a stunning selection of our most romantic wedding abroad venues…

Beach Restaurant, Sorrento, Italy

Beach Restaurant - Sorrento, Italy

Our beach restaurant wedding venue in Sorrento, Italy is in wonderful surroundings. The restaurant offers a beautiful Mediterranean cuisine on the amazing Sorrento Coast line and is the perfect setting to celebrate such a special occasion.

Villa Eva, Ravello, Italy


Locatedin the heart of the tiny and romantic village of Ravello is Villa Eva. The magnificent views that this wedding venue offers over the Amalfi coast line below will take your breath away. This is a wedding venue with the WOW factor!

Villa Balbianello, Northern Lakes, Italy

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Villa Balbianello is the wedding venue you’ve always dreamt about, one of the most beautiful and romantic mansions on the whole of Lake Como. What makes this wedding venue even more special and adds to the feeling of seclusion, is that it is only accessible by boat! You may also recognise Villa Balbianello from the James Bond film Casino Royal.

Castello Scaligero di Malcesine, Northern Lakes, Italy

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Have you always dreamt of marrying your prince in the grounds of a beautiful castle? Castello Scaligero is one of Italy’s most picturesque castles. This medieval castle also offers the most amazing views of Lake Garda. Here you can turn your fairytale dream wedding into reality!

Sea View Terrace, Ibiza

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A wedding on the Sea View Terrace takes place on a beautiful balcony overlooking one of the prettiest beaches in Ibiza, offering the most incredible panoramic views. This is the ideal venue if you are a bride wanting to create that bohemian yet luxury feel to your big day.

Romantic Beach Wedding, Crete

Wedding Crete

If your dream is to marry on a beautiful beach with the sand between your toes then Rethymno Crete is the destination for you!  After your ceremony on the beach your wedding reception takes place at our rustic yet chic beach tavern, where you will spend the evening dancing under the twinkling stars and romantic strings of lights.

Luxury Private Estate, Santorini

Luxury Private Estate Santorini

Commanding some of the best views in Santorini from its elevated position, our luxury private estate wedding venue is one of our best venues for an exclusive wedding day. An intoxicating mix of modern and traditional the view that awaits you at the end of the aisle is breathtaking.

Cameo Island, Zante

Cameo Island Sante

Weddings at Cameo Island take place in the sheltered bay with unspoilt views out to sea. Your wedding ceremony area is a lovely secluded beach with romantic views and is private for you and your wedding party. Don’t worry, the rustic bridge that leads to the island is stronger than it looks!

Classical Villa, Malta

Classical Villa - Malta

Our Classical Villa wedding venue in Malta is a charming, elegant and welcoming 18th century Maltese country house. The Italianate gardens are very romantic and provide an incredible backdrop allowing create your dream wedding vision from scratch.

Scenic Terrace – Malta

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The enviable location of our Scenic Terrace wedding venue makes this the perfect location for your wedding in Malta. Amazing views, gentle cooling sea breeze, the soft sound of the waves and, of course, the venues superb team will be ensure a truly memorable wedding celebration.

Bio: LUXURY WEDDINGS ABROAD. Sunset on your own private beach, a lush tropical garden with sea views, a private terrace with incredible views dripping with sweet scented flowers and ambient candle light. Have we just described your perfect wedding?

 Discover how we can use our experience and expertise to help you create a fairytale wedding abroad that has a real happy ending. Our website shows our range of unique venues and lots of lovely real life weddings with stories from real couples that at one time were just like you. This will both help and inspire you to create your own perfect wedding abroad, just as we’ve inspired many before.

 The Bridal Consultant is one of the original planners of bespoke destination weddings. Since 2004 we have planned many exotic weddings and we give our utmost attention and passion to every wedding we plan. Now specialising in Luxury weddings abroad, we have hand-picked a selection of wedding abroad venues to suit every taste for your bespoke wedding and reception. Even the most discerning couples will be spoilt for choice with our unique venues and full planning service. Visit our wedding galleries and read our beautiful wedding stories a great way to get ideas for your own big day!

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