Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 82
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 82

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 27, 1975
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17 f July 2T, 1975 CHARLESTON SURVEY SHOWS Wedding Costs Have Gone Up ... Just Like Everything Else BY LYNN WITHROW Of IteDtUy Mail Staff · It's tradition that the mother of the Ibride cry during the wedding ceremony. .' Should inflationary trends continue, it :may become tradition for the father of the ;bride to cry, also-when the bills come in. ; Weddings have not been immune to inflation. Indeed, one local bridal shop own- ST estimates that the cost of a wedding has ;dpubled in the last six years. ;; A second bridal consultant feels the cost of weddings has not increased as much, tiut rather, bridal parties are larger. ; ; One local bridal shop owner said he feels the cost of gowns has remained the same, .because manufacturers replace expensive materials. · "Nine out of 10 brides spend more on 'flowers than on their gowns," said Mrs. 'Sally Skaggs, owner of Sally's Bridal ;Shoppe on Capitol Street. - She estimates the average cost of a bridal gown is about $150. However, the price tould be as low as $60 or as high as several thousand dollars. · « Mrs. Martha Nesbit, bridal consultant at Stone and Thomas, said she has gowns ranging from $78 to $340. In the $118 range, -many of the gowns include veils, she said. I "You can pay what you want to for a wedding," she said. "I don't think the cost of gowns has gone up that much. I've been here nine years and when I first came, bridesiaaids' gowns started at |28. Now they are $32. Fabrics are much nicer and the oew looks allow the girls to wear the gowns for other occasions." "Manufacturers have tried to get away from more expensive materials," said Fred Joseph, co-owner of Glad-Ele Bridal and Dress Shop. "They've had to find materials less expensive, like polyknit." Joseph said a girl's bridal gown is her smallest expenditure. "Here she has spent about $225 at the maximum for an average wedding," he said. "Flowers run in excess of that and so do receptions." Joseph said he had heard reports that bridal shops were experiencing a 15 per cent decrease during the spring season. "I can't say that," he said. "I have had an increase, not only in dollars but in numbers." The men in the wedding party get off fairly easy--tux rental is anywhere from $15.95 to $33.95, according to one local formal wear shop. Flowers, also, can be expensive. Mrs. Skaggs said she knew of one wedding where the bride spent $4,000 for floral arrangements. However, estimates from local florists for the cost of decorating a church and outfitting the wedding party with bouquets are considerably lower. "Most are around $200," said a spokesman at Bohnert's. "There's more simolic- BRIDE'S CHECKLIST A wedding is a happy time, but a very busy time, too. Careful planning will help things go smoothly. Every bride-to-be should have a timetable to help her plan for the marriage event with the most convenience and the least worry for everyone -- especially for her. Following is a checklist to be used as a guide. THREE MONTHS BEFORE WEDDING D Decide on the type of wedding -- formal or informal. D Consult with your clergyman to arrange details D Consult with bridegroom's family and make up guest list. D Arrange for reception, catering, music and flowers, · D Choose your bridal party; order your bridal gown and plan what bridesmaids will wear. D Register your gift preferences such as appliances, linen, house- ware items, china crystal and silver with your local stores. TWO MONTHS BEFORE D Order your invitations and personal stationery. D Buy what you will need and use for your trousseau. D Set date for wedding rehearsal and arrange for rehearsal supper. ONE MONTH BEFORE D Address and mail invitations. D Buy gifts for attendants and bridegroom, and make plans for luncheon for your attendants. D If your friends are giving you showers, suggest they have them now. D Check up on outfits for bridal party and schedule fittings. D Have formal portrait taken, D Buy your bridegroom's ring, and he should get yours. D Have necessary pre-marital medical examinations. D Apply for marriage license (be sure to take blood tests with you). D Arrange for accommodations for out-of-town guests. ONE WEEK BEFORE D Send wedding announcement to local paper including formal portrait if ready. D Make beauty shop appointment for your wedding hairdo. · D Have luncheon for your attendants. D Put your gifts on display. DAY BEFORE D Tell someone your honeymoon itinerary and have someone check your new home while you are gone. D Go to hairdresser's, wedding rehearsal and dinner. D Pack your luggage and go to bed early. WEDDING DAY .D Keep calm and stay beautiful. ity now and brides aren't using as much greenery." "It depends on the wedding and what the girls want to spend," said an employe at! Kanawha City Florist. "Bridal, flowers I and corsages are usually around $150." Cost of renting the church varies. Some-1 times, as at St. John's Episcopal Church, non-members are charged for use of the! chapel or church while members are not. The Rev. James Lewis, rector at St. John's, said non-members must pay $25 for a church wedding or $10 for a chapel wedding. There are a number of other fees everyone must pay: Organist, $25; sexton fee, $15 for a church wedding and $10 for a chapel wedding. Mr. Lewis said he is paid whatever the 1 groom feels he can afford--from nothing ] to about $100. At First Presbyterian Church, a spokesman said they have no charges at all for the church, minister, organist or janitors. Receptions are, in all probability, the most expensive part of a wedding. One consultant said that generally speaking, country club or other types of formal receptions with dancing and drinks are more expensive than a church reception. Most receptions at Berry Hills Country Club run between $800 and $2,000, a spokesman there said. "That includes services," he said. "I'd say the medium is $1,000. Here, we don't have liquor. That cuts down on cost. We do provide bartenders." Minimum cost for a "very informal" reception at Kanawha Country Club is at least $250, a spokesman there said. That includes a cake and punch or champagne. Minimum for a dinner reception is $250, she said. But that will serve only 30 people. "The increase in the cost of food is at least $1 or $1.50 per person more than three or four years ago," she said. The gowns, the tuxes, the church, the flowers, the minister, the reception--and still there's more to pay for. There are the wedding photographs, the invitations, the pre-wedding parties and dinners, gifts for members of the bridal party and, of course, the rings, the license and the honeymoon. Even for a small wedding, the price tag can be large. But as Mrs. Skaggs said, "Weddings are holding their own. Girls keep getting married and having weddings. 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