Break Down of Wedding Costs

A Guide to Picking Local Professionals and Preferred Vendors

Lisa Marshall Photography

Are you recently engaged or in the middle of wedding planning madness? We understand budgeting for a wedding is tricky. So, we’re breaking down wedding costs in a handy guide for navigating local wedding professionals and preferred vendors!

Rentals: Estimated Cost: $5500

To host a wedding you want to first consider your rental items for the ceremony including guest seating.  And keep in mind any décor you may want to incorporate (arbor, aisle décor, sign-in table, etc.) For your reception, tables, chairs, and linens for your guests.  Other out of pocket expenses may include: Tent $1500+, Lighting $2000+, Restroom trailer $1200+, Temperature Control $3500+      

Month of Wedding Planner: Estimated Cost: $1400-1800

UTCF is unique in providing a minimum of a month of wedding coordinator within all of our packages.  This is an industry professional with expertise in handling the logistics of weddings including creating a timeline, coordinating vendors and contracts, problem-solving, and ultimately making sure your wedding day is stress-free.                                                                                              

Full-Service Wedding Planner: Estimated Cost: $4500-6500

Up The Creek Farms includes this in our Signature experiences.  First, an introduction with your wedding planner will be made 6+ months out from your date. We arrange and attend meetings with your inclusive vendors as well as review and hash out the details.  Plus we assist in recommending outside vendors and completing the planning checklist.  In other words, we are here when you need us.                              

Floral: Estimated Cost: $3000-$6500, average $4500

Depending on your tastes and preferences, flowers vary in price.  We’ve found on average clients spend $4000 on flowers. They’re usually incorporated into your ceremony site, personal flowers, centerpieces, and little extras to add finishing touches to design elements.                                                                                                                            

Invitations: Estimated Cost: $6-12 per invitation

A great area to add your personal style!  A traditional wedding invitation includes the invitation, rsvp card and envelope, and outside envelope.  Accommodation and directions cards are great for additional information for guests.                                                                                             

Catering: Estimated Cost: $50-95 per person, depending on the menu

Most catering at UTCF is served station or buffet style with a selection of passed appetizers during cocktail hour.  Typically caterers will include service staff, china, glassware, and bartending service in their fee.                            

Cake: Estimated Cost: $750-1750

Depending on your tastes, cakes can be very simple and elegant to tiered and detailed.

DJ: Estimated Cost: $1400-2000

This part requires a professional and you’ll want to make sure you find a reputable DJ to provide sound equipment and be your emcee for the event. You may also want your ceremony mic’d so your guests can hear your vows.  And a DJ is able to manage the songs leading into the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.               

Photographer and Videographer: Estimated Cost: $3500-6500 per vendor

High on the priority list should be your photographer and videographer.  These are what you will look back on after the wedding and reminisce. We suggest hiring someone with experience with weddings and a great portfolio you can look through.                                                                                                   

A la Carte: We see between $800-$2500 spent on ceiling installments

Draping is a beautiful way to soften the look of the Boathouse. Farm tables are a great addition to a reception and rent for $125 per table.  Estimated Cost: $800             

Décor including arbors, farm tables, accent decor and lounge sets are great ways to add personal touches. And Crystal & Crates has great pieces we can incorporate into your design through our exclusive partnership. Up the Creek Farms Signature Collection has many inclusions through Crystal & Crates included.    

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