Saturday, October 29, 2011

Guess the Price!

One of my primary beliefs when it comes to planning a wedding is that a bride shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality when sticking to a budget. In fact, that’s part of the reason that I created this blog! Weddings can get expensive in a hurry, but with a little research and determination, it’s easy to find alternative options that fit both the dream wedding, and the realistic budget.

So, do you think you can tell the difference between the inexpensive and ornate? Below are sample wedding dresses, rings, bouquets, and photographers (all wedding essentials) – see if you can guess which picture belongs to which price point! 

*Answers are at the bottom of the page. Click on an image to make it larger.

Princess Dress
The classic strapless ball gown – which one is:
1)    $350?
2)    $800?
3)    $1,248?
                       A                                                B                                               C

Chic Sophistication
Which elegant gown is:
1)    $178?
2)    $350?
3)    $750?

          A                                              B                                                 C
 

Romantic Detail
Which one of these showstoppers is:
1)    $675?
2)    $1,050?
3)    $3,300?

         A                                                B                                               C

Short Dress
Which one of these short dresses is:
1)    $178?
2)    $350?
3)    $550?

         A                                                B                                               C

Solitaire
An engagement ring is an investment that will last a lifetime. Carat, clarity, shape, and color will help determine price. So which of these solitaire engagement rings is:
1)    $699?
2)    $1,699?
3)    $4,095?

          A                                                B                                               C

Ring Sets
Which set is:
1)    $591?
2)    $1,000?
3)    $2,800?

         A                                                B                                               C

Men’s Wedding Bands
Men’s bands differ on price based on material, design, and carat of gold. Which men’s ring is:
1)    $96.75?
2)    $343.20?
3)    $1,499?

         A                                                B                                               C


Bouquet
Bouquets designed by florists are priced to include the cost of the flowers, design, and delivery, so they will generally cost more than if you pick up and arrange the flowers yourself. Which florist-designed bouquet is…
1)    $50?
2)    $180?
3)    $400?

        A                                                B                                               C

Photographers
The photographer is one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, and prices can vary based on hours and availability, prints, style, and turnaround. Which photo is owned by a photographer whose pricing starts at:
1)    $975?
2)    $2,300?
3)    $3,495?

      A                                                    B                                                  C






Answers:
Princess Dress: 1C, 2A, 3B
Chic Sophistication: 1B, 2A, 3C
Romantic Detail:  1C, 2A, 3B
Short Dress:  1A, 2B, 3C
Solitaire:  1B, 2C, 3A
Ring Sets: 1C, 2A, 3B
Men's Wedding Bands: 1B, 2A, 3C
Bouquet: 1C, 2B, 3A
Photographer: 1A, 2C, 3B

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Bottom Line: A budget shouldn’t have to be sacrificed in order to have outstanding style, quality, and the wedding of your dreams. If you know what you want, do some research to see what other options are out there. Photographers, florists, and even dress designers like Vera Wang understand budgets, and would be willing to work around your price point. And you never know: you might not be able to tell the difference between the inexpensive and the overpriced!

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