“Be aware of seasonality when choosing flowers. Source what will be in season during your wedding because the flowers will last longer, they will look better, and they will be more cost effective.”
– Emily Calhoun, Floriography, floriographyflowers.com
“Instead of spending those wedding checks right away, start your new life together off on the right foot financially. We can help newlyweds finance their first home or open up a joint account. Our experienced staff can walk you through the process and help make the transition as easy as possible.”
– Rhena Phillips, AVP/Marketing Officer, Citizens Bank of Las Cruces, citizenslc.com
“You don’t have to serve dinner. I’ve seen more couples opting for something a little more casual like lunch or brunch, which can be more cost effective. For some really small weddings they’ve gone to eat at a restaurant after.”
–Roxanne Kidd, Elegant Events and Invites, eleganteventslc.com
“Cupcakes are only $3.25 a piece, that’s about a third of what a cake costs per serving. We also do mini cupcakes that start at just $1.25.”
– Stephanie Baumann, Let Them Eat Cake, stephaniesletthemeatcake.com
“Go green and keep it simple. Consider a mason jar. It’s so simple, but can make a beautiful table decoration. Reuse things. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive to be a nice wedding.”
– Devorah Bailey, Enchanted Occasions Event Rentals, enchantedoccasionsrental.com
“Reuse your wedding party bouquets as reception decoration.”
– Desarae Terrazas, Barb’s Flowerland, barbsflowerlandinc.com
“I personally think when someone is buying a diamond they should buy for quality. Some grooms come in looking for a bigger ring and don’t mind if it’s a lower quality. In the long run, your money is best spent on a smaller diamond with better quality.”
– Glenn Cutter, The Cutter Gallery, thecuttergallery.com
“Get a better deal on your wedding day beauty treatments by packaging your services. In addition to hair and makeup, our Bridal Bliss package includes a mani/pedi, facial, and massage.”
– Diana Medina, Simply Devine Salon, simplydevinesalon.com
“Look for durability in a ring. Like your marriage, you want it to last. Small stones and micro settings are kind of trendy but they tend to drop stones or need repairs. Look for something that’s going to last instead of following trends.”
– Keith Austin, Austin’s Fine Jewelry, austinsjewelry.com
Numbers To Know
$9: Average price of wedding cake per serving.
2-3 months prior: How early you should have your invites in the mail. Roxanne says, “Any later and your guests might already have plans.”
15-20 minutes: Ideal ceremony length. “You can get your point across without guests losing interest. Short and sweet is better,” Roxanne says.
5 hours: The average wedding starts with the ceremony at about 5:30pm and guests start trickling out of the reception at 10:30pm.
42%: The typical portion of the full wedding budget spent on the reception. See here for the full breakdown.
$50: Average amount a wedding guest spends on a gift.
The Budget Breakdown
Rehearsal Dinner 5%
Neat Gift Idea
The traditional budget breakdown where the bride’s family pays for pretty much everything and the groom’s covers the rehearsal dinner is pretty much a thing of the past. “It’s all over the board,” Roxanne confirms. “I see a lot of people contributing to the wedding as their gift to the bride and groom. A sister pays for invites, an uncle covers the DJ, and an aunt hires the photographer.”
Coolest Ideas We Heard at the Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase
Say thank you to your groomsmen with a guys-only party package that includes hot towel shaves, haircuts, and mani/pedis.
– Lita Lujan, Gent’s Barber Spa, gentsbarberspalc.com
Hire a party bus instead of a limo for your bachelor or bachelorette party. You can dance, watch videos, and get wild.
– Jesus Grijalva, Party Time Adventures Limousine, lascrucespartybus.com
Mix up your tables. They don’t all have to be the same. Try different colors, textures, fabrics, and even different heights.
– Louis Samaniego, A Catered Affair, 575-496-2755
Hire a documentary style photographer. They take more candid shots and capture unexpected moments.
– Bree Lamb, Form Photography & Design Studio, formphotodesign.com
Give your reception some interactive flair with a food presentation station like a mashed potato bar, a macaroni & cheese bar, or a gourmet crepe bar.
– Flavours by Sodexo, nmsuglavours.catertrax.com
See your wedding site from a whole new angle with video taken by a 4k aerial drone.
– Isaac Palafox, Palamora Video/Photography, palamora.com
With two videographers, you can get footage of both the guys and the girls as they get ready for the ceremony.
–Gina Palombit, Lemon Light Productions, vimeo.com/lemonlightproductions
Hire a mobile, wood-fired pizza oven for your bachelor party or for the rehearsal dinner.
– Tom Hester, Joshua’s Pie, facebook.com/joshuaspie
Instead of groom’s cake, serve chocolate-covered treats like strawberries, rice crispy treats, marshmallows, pretzels, and Oreos.
– Abel Rivera & Johanie Banegas, A Touch of Chocolate, 575-635-8504