What does it cost for a Styled Wedding (in Christchurch, NZ) plus 3 tips to not break the bank!

As a Wedding Planner and Stylist, I'm a lover of love, an absolute romantic, and I'm always meeting newly engaged couples, or excited brides-to-be with their Mums or Bridemaids. However often they're feeling overwhelmed about organising their day. I love hearing the story of how you met, the proposal, seeing the ring and talking about all your ideas for your Wedding. It's an exciting time, and because I love bringing ideas to life and creating a wedding that is designed to suit you, I get excited as well!

For those that don't know me, I'm Lisa Ferguson and I plan and create gorgeous Weddings in Christchurch, New Zealand and throughout the South Island. I'm experienced designing and setting up Weddings at venues, marquees and private properties, and have also worked in locations around the world. The Event Boutique is known for our elegant style, and creating beautiful Weddings designed to suit each and every couple.

Feedback from our couples, is that by working with us...

"You'll have a Wedding that's better than you imagined!"

Weddings are all about celebrating your own love story, and in my opinion, there’s nothing more romantic than that!

Your Wedding day is a big deal, and will essentially be the biggest party of your life, celebrating with all your favourite people! So it’s totally natural to desire a beautiful wedding, especially after the excitement and adrenalin rush from the moment of your engagement and looking at all the beautiful images in magazines, Pinterest images, and starting to imagine the wedding of your dreams.

I meet with those who have lots of ideas, and some who don’t know where to start, or don't know how to pull all their ideas together and create a cohesive look, so know they want to work with a Stylist. The common factor is they all want a beautiful wedding and are looking for help. All the couples I’ve worked with who loved the look of the weddings we’d created, were thrilled to learn we could take care of everything they needed - from hire furniture & decor, to designing custom stationery, florals and full setup. And those that wanted extra support we offer Wedding Co-ordination or take care of the whole lot to Plan and Style their day!

The number one question everyone asks is:

“We’d love to find out what having a beautiful wedding will cost”

To give you an exact price, as there are so many options we do need to talk through your requirements. You can book a free appointment with me (Lisa), via phone, zoom or at our Christchurch showroom to discuss your ideas and all the options. I will offer advice, and once I know what you need and love, send an itemised quote. However I understand when you're first looking into the cost of Wedding Styling, you're often just wanting an idea of what it actually costs.

Interestingly we’ve had feedback that couples love how beautiful our weddings look, but some don’t get in touch because they think we’ll be too expensive. However this isn’t the case, as we offer a comprehensive range of services, and set price Hire & Styling Packages, starting from only $1450.

Following is information about our Styling Services and a guide to pricing, to give you an idea of the real cost to work with us as your Stylist, to create a Beautiful Styled Wedding.

Hire Collection

We offer a collection of timeless, elegant and modern products. So if you’re confident to source, calculate quantities and book all your own items, you can browse and easily book items from our collection online, with pickup from our showroom, for self-setup. Or book a meeting and we can put together a complete hire package for you, by recommending items to suit your style, and your venue.

As a guideline the spends of hire packages we’ve put together for previous clients have ranged from $950-$3600. Of course pricing all varies depending on the items you hire, and any additional services you may choose to add, such as adding fresh florals, or having us deliver everything to/from your venue. You may even wish for us to setup all the hire items and florals at your venue.

Wedding Styling

We totally understand all the options and ideas can leave you feeling overwhelmed. So with this service, we’ll view your images and Pinterest Boards, talk through what you want and love, and create a visual styling concept and itemised quote.

We can provide advice on floor plan layouts and options to suit your venue, design your ceremony setting and reception table-scapes, calculate the quantity of products, and supply all the hire and design elements to create your gorgeous wedding, including all your florals from ceremony and reception florals, suspended features to bridal party florals.

This is the ultimate service as by trusting in our experience this will remove any stress, as we'll take care of all the gorgeous details, so you can relax and focus on organising other things. And on your wedding day, you can fully relax and enjoy preparing for your day, knowing we’re setting up your venue beautifully, and will pack it all away when it’s over.

All quotes are custom quoted to suit what each couple wants. But to give you a realistic guideline, based on previous couples weddings, the total spend for a wedding of 100 guests, averages from around $4500 upwards.

This includes everything from all hire products such as ceremony furniture, reception decor, to custom signage, and all venue, ceremony and bridal party florals....to delivery and setup, then pack-down...so you don’t need to do a thing!

Of course each couples total spend varies depending on their individual needs. The largest spend we’ve had was $8500 which included full styling and all florals, a massive floral feature at their head table, luxury dinnerware, custom invitations, signage and menus, plus our Co-ordination service. Another couple with an intimate wedding for 50 guests, including all luxury dinnerware and glassware, signage, menus and florals, was a total spend of $3500.

Hire & Styling Packages

Our packages start from as low as $1450 but the most popular is $3600 (for a complete package including setup). Our packages offer exceptional value (with discounted rates included for our hire items) and with a choice of three Hire & Styling Packages. The packages are based on the most popular hire items couples have needed for their Wedding. All packages include meeting with us to talk through all the options and tailor the package to suit you. You won't need to figure anything out, as we'll calculate the quantity of all the decor you'll need, provide advice and select all the beautiful elements to create a look and style that's perfect for you! You can also add florals to your package.

Other Wedding Services and guidance on what's best for you

As we're a full service company, essentially a one-stop-shop for creating gorgeous Weddings, we offer a range of services. These include options for Wedding Planning, to Design (wedding invitations, signage, menus, guest names cards, personalised rose petal cones) to creating fresh Florals, a setup service, to On the Day Co-ordination, and of course Styling. Which means we can be the one company you work with and trust to take care of everything you could need, or provide the level of support you need. You can choose to book any of our services, including:

  • Full Wedding Planning (including Styling)

  • Online Planning - step by step planning guide, with our support and advice

  • Wedding Co-ordination

  • Wedding Styling

  • Graphic Design Service

  • Floral Design

  • Setup Service

  • Hire & Styling Packages

I completely understand all the options and deciding what's best for you, can be daunting. So you can book a free meeting, via phone, zoom or at our Sydenham based showroom. We can talk through what you want and love, and I can provide guidance about options, ideas and what will suit you best.

For Peace of Mind

When you work with The Event Boutique, we’ll provide guidance every step of the way, which removes any stress, guesswork and sense of overwhelm, knowing we’re there to support and help you

The real cost of a Beautiful Styled Wedding

This report should give you a guideline about the cost of working with us to create a beautiful Wedding. There are so many options, all depending what each couple wants, needs and loves, and of course, your budget. Realistically when you work with us, the total spend for a Styled Wedding of 100-120 guests, averages between $4500 - $6000. Remember this is your total spend for Wedding Styling, so it includes all hire products from furniture to decor, personalised signage, to ceremony, venue & bridal party florals....our guidance and advice, plus delivery and setup, then pack-down...so you don’t need to figure anything out, or do a thing!

Lisa Ferguson. Wedding & Event Planning. Christchurch, New Zealand

I can also give advice on ways to keep to your budget, provide suggestions to save or splurge, and help ensure you don't overspend. All to give you a beautiful Wedding.

If you'd love to talk to me about your Wedding, get in touch and book a meeting with me, via phone, zoom or at our Sydenham Showroom. Lisa x

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(and not break the bank)

No 1: Make sure you don’t over-spend, by creating a budget!

Getting caught up in the desire for a beautiful wedding and over-spending is so common, that a 2019 survey* showed a whopping 51% of couples, in hindsight, wish they hadn’t overspent on their wedding day. Results showed only 55% had set a wedding budget, with 32% of those completely blowing their budget.

Of course, it’s not surprising many couples either blow their budget, or when all the costs are added up, realise they’ve over-spent, as decisions for a wedding are usually made with the heart, not the head. And it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment, wanting a beautiful day, and forgetting to consider the financial impact of your decisions. The most common cause of over-spending is by not having a budget in place to start with. Therefore it’s crucial to set a budget early on. Once you’ve set an estimated budget, you can keep an accurate track of where you’ll be spending your money as you get quotes and book your suppliers. Setting a budget right from the start, also allows you the freedom to be flexible throughout the planning process, by prioritising based on what is most important and adjusting where you can make savings.

* Survey undertaken by 1000 people, by Pure Profile.

No 2: Reign in your expectations and don’t expect a Pinterest Wedding!

The reality is all those dream weddings and stunning images you see on Pinterest, usually cost hundreds of thousands. We always ask couples to create a Pinterest Board for inspiration, as this helps give an insight into the couples style and an understanding of what they love. We use their boards as a reference to identify the common threads, colour palettes, styling ideas, and from this, we create a personalised styling concept.

Pinterest is fantastic to use as a tool, to save and show suppliers ideas you love. But unless you have a massive budget, don’t set yourself up for disappointment, by expecting to have a replica wedding, of the Pinterest images you’ve saved.

So it’s important to understand this and be realistic, because Pinterest is like shopping without a price tag! Let go of the need to control or figure everything out yourself, and trust your suppliers to advise you on the reality of what they can create, based on knowing all the products available, and how they can best maximise the amount or budget you have to spend.

No. 3: Allocate your spending wisely, decide whether to save or splurge!

When it comes to your wedding, you can definitely save in some areas, and splurge in others. It’s always worth giving careful consideration into what’s most important to you, and prioritising your spends, for where you want to achieve the maximum impact, and allocate wisely.

But let’s talk about florals. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony in a stunning location, you may not need much styling, which can allow you to splurge on lush florals on your bridal table; or save costs by re-purposing your ceremony flowers and having them moved to your reception; moving your ceremony backdrop to behind the bridal table, or moving a floral garland from your arch to sit on the bridal table.

When it comes to saving on décor, it’s worth checking if your venue has anything, as some venues have a selection of products available, that are often free to use.

So discuss ideas with all your suppliers, and see what they can suggest, as this will help you save or splurge and get the maximum from your spend.


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If you'd love to find out more about having us help create a Wedding that's perfect for you, and just as gorgeous as you wish for, get in touch and book a free meeting, via phone, zoom or at our Sydenham Showroom. Lisa x

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