THAT Wedding Recap: Brooke and Mike

posted: 07/05/18
by: Marina Luciano-Carson

Mike swept Brooke off her feet after meeting in the Windy City and now they're headed to the altar! On the latest episode of I Want THAT Wedding, this engaged couple attended three weddings at different price points to decide on the perfect budget for their big day. Mike is looking for a $30,000 formal ceremony with a big city backdrop, while Brooke would prefer a more casual seaside affair at a $15,000 price point.

With the help of WeddingWire's Cost Guide, we're going to take a look at how the wedding expenses featured on the show compare to what couples are spending on their wedding day throughout the country!

First up, the couple attended a wedding at a converted photo studio. The mix of a more casual atmosphere with a unique venue seemed perfect for Mike and Brooke. Booze played a big part in the festivities - the newlyweds even incorporated beer into the ceremony! Considering the wide variety of selections available for the guests, Mike and Brooke guessed that this had to have cost the couple around $5,000. While it only cost the pair $3,000, this still is half the average cost it takes to cater a wedding in cities like Chicago and Washington D.C.

Now that they had some liquid courage, they took to the dance floor. Even though Mike wants a live band on their big day, they loved the DJ and thought it must have cost around $500 to book this talent. The average cost for a wedding DJ varies - ranging from $950 in cities like Dallas and Atlanta and spiking up to $1,600 in more expensive cities like New York.


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With one wedding under their belt, it was time to head to the next venue. This Marie Antoinette-themed wedding had plenty of DIY details that played up the natural beauty of the stunning outdoor venue. To capture all the magical moments on their big day, the couple hired a photographer that they found on social media. He even brought his own drone to get some epic aerial shots of the big event. Mike and Brooke thought this must have cost around $5,000 but this only cost the newlyweds $1,700. This is a steal since photographers cost an average of $2,100 in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles.

As a nightcap after the beautiful evening, guests were treated to a coffee truck stationed just outside the venue. This added treat cost double what Mike and Brooke guessed, coming out to $800. Catering costs can range from an average of $4,526 in cities like Atlanta to $10,000 in bigger cities like New York. Now that they finished up Wedding #2, Brooke and Mike set out to attend their last wedding!


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Last but not least, Brooke and Mike took to the seas to attend a wedding on the water. Brooke grew up by a lake, so incorporating water into her big day was a huge priority. Getting married at sea is a great way to cut costs since most of these venues are all-in-one with catering costs built into the booking. This venue only cost the newlyweds $1,200 to secure. The venue is often the most expensive wedding cost, averaging $5,000 in cities like Dallas and spiking up to $9,000 in bigger cities like Chicago.

While Mike was not a fan of the seaside ceremony, he did love the photo booth and plans to have one at their wedding. He thought this fun addition must have cost around $750, but it actually only came out to $200. The average photo booth costs an average of $600 in cities like Atlanta and Dallas so the newlyweds got the deal of a lifetime!
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Find out what these weddings actually cost by watching the full episode or by visiting TLC.com/THATWedding and don't miss new episodes of I Want THAT Wedding, Saturdays at 9/8c on TLC.

Want to learn more about how to stay on track with a budget for your big day? WeddingWire's Cost Guide breaks down service costs by vendor type (florists, photographers, caterers, etc.) and geographic location to help couples easily search for vendors within their budget!