Viva Las Vegas!

I was lucky enough to spend last week in Vegas baby, a city that boasts nearly as many nicknames as New Orleans. Las Vegas has definitely earned the title of “Marriage Capital of the World” and although I wasn’t there for a wedding, this trip was all about weddings. Along with our HR Director, Tonya, I hit the strip for the annual Wedding MBA (Merchant Business Academy) with 2,000 other wedding professionals from around the world to check out first hand the latest in weddings on behalf of our NOLA brides. I know, tough assignment, right?! Take a look at some highlights here: Wedding MBA 2014

We had the opportunity to scout more than sixty wedding related seminars on everything from styles and trends (rustic is still hot) and ways to button up business, to what’s to come in tech. This glimpse into the future of technology pretty much blew my mind and was hands down one of my favorite presentations of the week courtesy of the guys at Wedding Wire. Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot, gave an enthusiastic talk about today’s on-the-go brides and grooms. And seeing her live was just plain awesome. Charles Oster, V.P. of mywedding.com hosted a seminar that was entertaining and on point. He shared priceless tips on how we can help bring your vision to life.

Yep, we made The Knot Wall of Fame!

We returned with tons of innovative ideas about the business and service side of tying the knot. We’re looking forward to introducing the best of them here at Haydel’s to make your bridal experience top notch, so stay tuned!

Oh and in case you’re wondering, we only lost $30 on the slots. And when I say we, I mean Tonya. See you in 2015 Sin City! – M.T.

 

How Does Your Big Day Match Up Against the American Average?

Wedding season is in full swing here at Haydel’s!  Our friends at the knot recently released their Real Wedding Survey encompassing 13,000 U.S. brides who walked down the aisle in 2013.  Despite the trend toward more casual celebrations, wedding budgets continue to increase.  According to our local contacts at the knot, around 200 Louisiana weddings are represented in these numbers.

2013 Wedding Stats

  • Average Wedding Budget: $29,858 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $86,916 average spend (excludes honeymoon)
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Idaho, $16,159 average spend (excludes honeymoon)
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,281
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 138
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June and September
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (35%), Purple (26%), Pink (25%), Metallics (25%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

Wedding budgets have continued to rise since the economic downturn five years ago.  Carley Roney, co-founder of the knot, says much of modern couples expenses go to “creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for guests…”

Louisiana ranks 17th among the 25 most expensive places to get married (or where couple’s spend the most).

In our upcoming blog posts, we’ll break down some top wedding trends, like personalization and modernization, and share ideas on how you can include them in your big day!  Till then, happy planning y’all! – M.T.