Q&A with Judy Lehmbeck
Wedding planners’ expertise
can help brides reduce costs
Q: Is spring still the biggest season for weddings?
A: No, weddings are now 12 months a year.
Q: How much do weddings cost these days?
A: The national average is about $30,000.
Q: Does the bride’s family still traditionally pay for weddings?
A: Well, many times the groom’s family will pay for the band or the flowers.
Q: What does the groom’s family typically cover?
A: Traditionally, the groom’s family pays for the honeymoon, the rehearsal dinner, and there is a portion of the flowers, to include the bride’s bouquet, the mothers’ and grandmothers’ flowers and all of the boutonnieres, except the groom’s.
Q: Any quick tips on holding down costs?
A: A wedding planner can save you a lot of money, from discounts they may get and from making costly mistakes.
Q: What hidden costs do people forget about?
A: Tax and gratuity.
PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER