Spend on engagement rings peaked in 2017! Couples are shelling out an average of $6,351 on their bling; representing a 24.7% increase since 2011. Couples are sharing a residence longer and the average age of today’s bride is 29 and 31 for grooms. Household incomes are on the rise and couples want to be more established financially and professionally before they exchange vows. What’s in a stone reigns supreme as cut, setting and quality are of paramount importance.
Ohio Marriage License Requirements
-Per Ohio law, both applicants must appear in the Probate Court to secure their marriage license. This process may be expedited if the application is initiated online.
-Valid photo ID’s must be provided and applicants should know their social security numbers.
-Applicants must affirm or swear that all information provided is true and complete.
-For Ohio residents, a license must be secured in the county where each applicant resides.
-Out of state applicants planning an Ohio wedding must secure a license in the county where vows will be exchanged.
-To solemnize a marriage, one must be licensed or ordained.
-The license fee is $65 and is valid for a period of 60 days from its issue date.
The Top 5 Trends in Wedding Venues
Image & aesthetics. 48% of couples rank scenery and backdrop as a top must have.
Willingness to spend more to customize. Spend from 2015-2016 increased by $1,300 as couples show less concern to work within a budget.
Drinks & Spirits. Premium & full-service bars are in demand while cash bars are on the decline with the rise of signature cocktails which are all the rage.
Venues that offer both indoor and outdoor space. Semi-casual weddings are increasingly preferred over traditional black tie affairs.
Seeing it is believing it. Couples want to see pictures of recent weddings in their chosen location.
Volume etiquette at a wedding: How loud is too loud?
The volume of the music during a wedding should fluctuate with the ebb and flow of events throughout the celebration. For example, during cocktail hour and dinner, volume should be set at a conversational level. If guests are observed to be leaning in close to converse or distancing themselves from the source of sound to hold a conversation, the volume of the music is too loud. On the flip side, when the energy on the dance floor peaks, the decibel level naturally rises to harness that energy. Even during dancing, guests may still perceive the music as too loud. In an effort to create a pleasing experience on the dance floor, it is imperative to pay close attention to guest responses to volume levels and adjust as necessary. A responsible, attentive and respectful DJ is more likely to please the masses.
With the arrival of 2019, couples are embracing the idea of personalizing their wedding day by offering Themed Food & Drink Displays for their guests.
A quality DJ’s worth is measured by value. Value to the consumer and the DJ’s overall value to the success of your celebration. If the DJ’s concentration is only music, lighting and gear, this has a very different price point (value) than a highly involved DJ/Master of Ceremonies who possesses years of experience, works through a process, follows a detailed and comprehensive agenda, offers personalized event planning and is fully invested to deliver a unique and memorable celebration beyond the basics.
Although price is a factor, it should never be the sole criterion when booking a DJ. A DJ who loves their craft has the mindset of an artist and the beauty of the art is in the eye of the beholder.