THAT Wedding Recap: Isabelle and Dennis

posted: 06/28/18
by: Marina Luciano-Carson
College sweethearts, Isabelle and Dennis, are ready to start their happily ever after, but first they need to decide on a budget! On TLC's new series I Want THAT Wedding, this engaged couple attended three weddings at the high, mid, and low end of their budget to determine whether they wanted to go with Isabelle's costly $60,000 budget to achieve the perfect traditional Vietnamese wedding or skip town and head to Vegas on Dennis' proposed $20,000 budget. 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!

Isabelle and Dennis
First up, a black tie affair that was both parts elegance for Isabelle and Vegas vibes for Dennis. The couple was quickly impressed by the cocktail hour, and Isabelle wondered how much of a price difference there would be between having an open bar versus a limited bar. The wedding planner quickly pointed out that for an open bar you're paying hourly per person. While limited bars are definitely a way to save, the actual cost was double what Dennis guessed, coming out to $4,000. The bride and groom spent a pretty penny on the drinks, considering catering costs an average of $3,150 in big cities like Dallas and $4,526 in cities like Atlanta. Another place the happy couple was able to cut costs on their big day was the cake. They had two cakes - one for the cutting ceremony and a less expensive sheet cake for the guests. Cakes can break that bank, ranging from $500 in Chicago and Atlanta to $540 in New York and Los Angeles. Now that the couple had a tase of a downtown wedding, it was time to head to a more rustic event.
Isabelle and Dennis
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Next up, an outdoor wedding at a breathtaking vineyard. The bride is a wedding planner herself so it's no surprise that this wedding venue was absolutely spectacular! Plus, considering the connections she has with wedding vendors, it's likely she was able to cut a deal on many of the costs like the venue, which often is the biggest splurge for engaged couples. The typical wedding venue can cost around $8,000 in cities like Los Angeles and even go up to as high as $10,000 in cities like New York so any discount helps! After the couple was able to live it up at this modern but romantic affair, they headed to a wedding that had the traditional Vietnamese theme that Isabelle had been hoping for!
Isabelle and Dennis
Last but not least, Isabelle got her wish of attending a traditional Vietnamese wedding. The ceremony was right up her alley, but the real wow factor came from the dress, which she guessed had to have cost the bride about $3,500. A dress that dreamy does not come cheap and the total cost actually came out to $4,500. This is on the high end even for more expensive cities like Chicago or New York where the average wedding dress costs around $1,000. The only detail that could outdo the dress was the EPIC floral chandelier. Isabelle guessed it had to cost upwards of $5,000 for that ornate of a display. Flowers can always be a surprisingly costly detail to any wedding, averaging $1,775 in Washington, DC to $2,400 in New York.

Find out what these weddings actually cost by watching the full episode here or 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!