Let's Chat About Money!

Money. It’s the topic no one wants to discuss when it comes to planning a wedding! Setting a budget is perhaps the least fun part of planning a wedding, but it’s crucial. Weddings can be insanely expensive, and it’s way too easy to go way over budget very quickly. In fact, nearly half of all recently married couples reported going over budget on their weddings.

According to the Brides American Wedding Study, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. in 2018 was $44,000. In 2017, the average cost was $27,000. That’s a $17,000 or 63% increase in just one year! Why the insane increase? Are wedding costs rising that much?! Well, not exactly. To put it simply, the study found that couples were still spending the same percentage of their budget on most parts of their wedding - like the cake, stationery, and favors - but they are spending more in general. For example, according to Brides, “The amount spent on flowers, for one, more than doubled, from an average of $1,274 in 2017 to $2,629 in 2018, per the study.”

Paxton Goates Photography, from  Jessica + Eli ’s wedding

Paxton Goates Photography, from Jessica + Eli’s wedding

Over-the-top weddings are the thing to do right now, and so many couples unfortunately feel the need to plan the “perfect” wedding to impress their guests, their Instagram followers and their Facebook friends. Sadly, weddings have become more of a performance than a celebration of a new marriage. While they are becoming more expensive, they’re also becoming more stressful and less enjoyable for many, many couples. And that’s really sad, y’all! Honestly, if you’re married to the love of your life at the end of the day, that is what’s really important. If you and your new spouse enjoyed your wedding day, it WAS the perfect wedding day! There’s no need to go broke over your wedding!

Here’s the thing, you guys... it’s totally possible to have a dream wedding without going broke and that you and your spouse will fully enjoy. You don’t have to spend more on your wedding than you would spend for a down payment on a home for it to be perfect! At The Barn, we plan dream weddings for a tiny fraction of the cost of the average American wedding. We are able to create magical, fairy tale weddings within any budget. Did you know our elopement packages at The Barn start at $1,850, and that includes everything except your dress, photographer, and officiant? That’s far less than just a typical venue rental alone. Our full-blown, all-inclusive wedding collections are very budget friendly, too, and they include flowers, decor, catering, entertainment, planning, coordination, set-up and tear-down, and so, so much more. Even our most over-the-top weddings are nowhere near that $44,000 average. According to The Wedding Report, the average cost of a wedding in Yell County, Arkansas, where The Barn is located, is $15,033, and in nearby Pope County, it’s $16,620. Spoiler alert: weddings at The Barn are way cheaper!

The best thing about The Barn is that there is NO stress involved in our weddings, because we do everything to ensure that our couples are able to fully enjoy each other and their guests on their wedding day. Our couples don’t have to worry about coordinating vendors on their wedding day, or managing to cram their set-up, ceremony, reception, and tear-down into a certain time frame. We do all the hard work for them!

It’s like magic, y’all... Insanely gorgeous, super detailed, truly all-inclusive weddings planned and coordinated by an experienced, extremely talented staff who do ALL the work so brides and grooms don’t have to lift a finger, all at a small fraction of the cost of the average wedding in the U.S. Take it from a former Barn Bride... this is THE way to go when planning your wedding day!