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Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Band, Brooklyn | 0 comments

Wedding Band Cost: The Affections

If you really like The Engagements Cover Band, which I analyzed in the last post, but they are already booked for your wedding date or you are looking for a band that is slightly less expensive, have a look at The Affections. They are a part of Lucy Music, the music company that manages The Engagements. Anyways, here is the cost breakdown:   Wedding Band: The Affections Date Price Quoted: February 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: N/A Price Assumptions: 4 to 6 hours for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception Band Fee: $7,900 Travel Fee: $0 (non-specified additional fee for outside the NYC area) Tax: 0% Gratuity: 0% Total Wedding Band Cost: $7,9,00   The Main Point The Affections are a spin-off band of The Engagements. In fact, I was told all of them have performed with The Engagements at one point or another. Their music list has similarities but from a quick glance, I would say The Affections seem to play less soul and Motown. Nevertheless, this could be...

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Band, Brooklyn | 0 comments

Wedding Band Cost: The Engagements Cover Band

Music is a big part of the total wedding cost, but it is a cost area that people are often confused about. The Engagements Cover Band is one of the premier wedding bands in New York City and specializes in 80’s cover music. They receive perfect reviews on Wedding Wire so if music is an important part of your wedding, here is the cost breakdown for The Engagements:   Wedding Band: The Engagements Cover Band Date Price Quoted: February 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: N/A Price Assumptions: 4 to 6 hours for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception Band Fee: $9,000 Travel Fee: $0 (non-specified additional fee for outside the NYC area) Tax: 0% Gratuity: 0% Total Wedding Band Cost: $9,000   The Main Point As mentioned, people are often surprised by some of the prices that wedding bands charge. I find that a good way to think about the price of the band at your wedding is in terms of entertainment cost per guest. If you had a 150...

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Cash Back, Ebates, Gift Cards, Macy's, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Don’t Buy Wedding Registry Gifts from a Couple’s Link!

A lot of the information on this blog is aimed to help couples who are planning for their wedding but hopefully, this post will help those who are frequent wedding guests. While planning for a wedding can be expensive and hectic, sometimes we forget that going to weddings is not exactly cheap either. You have travel costs, clothing costs, and of course wedding registry gifts costs. The latter can really add up if you are going to a lot of weddings in a row. Some of my friends are doing just that this coming summer. For them, I have one piece of advice – don’t buy wedding registry gifts from a couple’s link! Couples often create a wedding website chock full of information, such as how they met, bridal party blurbs, and a wedding registry page. Sometimes, the couple will have one registry. Other times, they may have two or three registries. In all cases, the couple’s links will take you directly to their registry page at popular retailers,...

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Cash Back, Gift Cards, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Introduction to Discounted Gift Cards

The gift card business has been a booming business the past few years, but you probably know that by the amount of gift cards you see being sold everywhere. Walk into a Staples . . . big gift card rack. Any supermarket . . . gift card rack right by the checkout lanes. Even gas stations are peddling gift cards like there’s no tomorrow. Because of that, several online startups have emerged over the last few years offering a wide range of discounted gift cards. They buy gift cards off people at a good discount to face value and then resell these gift cards back out at a slightly higher price than they paid. In this manner, they act as a middle man for people who want cash for their gift cards and people who are looking to save on their shopping. The two most established discounted gift card companies are Cardpool and Plastic Jungle, and they are the two I will focus on today. First of all, these...

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Manhattan, Photographer | 0 comments

Wedding Photographer Cost: Albert Cheung Photography #3

My last two posts analyzed Albert Cheung Photography’s The Essential package and The Elaborate package. His style is self-described as photojournalistic, which is a popular choice these days. If you already have a wedding day photographer selected and only need an engagement shoot photographer, Albert Cheung Photography offers The Engagement package, and here is what the cost breakdown looks like:   Wedding Photographer: Albert Cheung Photography Date Price Quoted: November 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: N/A Package Name: The Engagement Assistant: No Package Fee: $600 Travel Fee: $0 (within a 50 mile radius) Tax: 0% Gratuity: 0% Total Wedding Photographer Cost: $600   The Main Point The Engagement package includes 2 hours of photography, and you can choose as many shooting locations as you wish. Due to time and travel constraints, however, I wouldn’t recommend choosing more than 2 locations. You also receive 150 retouched photos and as with the wedding day packages, The Engagement package includes all photos delivered electronically and an online gallery to purchase prints and books....

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Manhattan, Photographer | 0 comments

Wedding Photographer Cost: Albert Cheung Photography #2

The Elaborate is Albert Cheung Photography’s higher end package. While slightly more than The Essential package, it does come with more benefits and a second photographer. Here is the cost breakdown for The Elaborate package:   Wedding Photographer: Albert Cheung Photography Date Price Quoted: November 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: 2013 (Saturday) Package Name: The Elaborate Assistant: Yes (2 photographers total, one of them being Albert Cheung) Package Fee: $5,000 Travel Fee: $0 (within a 50 mile radius) Tax: 0% Gratuity: 0% Total Wedding Photographer Cost: $5,000   The Main Point As mentioned, this package offers 10 hours of wedding coverage, but a second photographer will assist as well for the full 10 hours. In addition to all the benefits of The Essential package, you also get 1000 photos instead of 700, and you get to select between 150 4″ x 6″ or 100 5″ x 7″ prints. In the previous post detailing Albert Cheung Photography’s The Essential package, I forgot to mention that you have the option of...

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Manhattan, Photographer | 0 comments

Wedding Photographer Cost: Albert Cheung Photography

I don’t have any hard statistics but from the information I’ve gathered by asking married friends here and there, many say wedding photography is the one area decided to not skimp on, and it was a great decision. To them, it was more important than the venue, the florist, etc. Their reasoning is that after it’s all over, the photos are the main memory of your wedding day, and it makes sense. With that in mind, here is what the cost breakdown looks like for Albert Cheung Photography, a photographer that is quite popular amongst my friends:   Wedding Photographer: Albert Cheung Photography Date Price Quoted: November 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: 2013 (Saturday) Package Name: The Essential Assistant: No Package Fee: $3,750 Travel Fee: $0 (within a 50 mile radius) Tax: 0% Gratuity: 0% Total Wedding Photographer Cost: $3,750   The Main Point The Essential is Albert Cheung Photography’s base package, offering up to 10 hours of wedding coverage. The package includes at the very minimum 700 retouched...

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Hair and Makeup, Manhattan | 2 comments

Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: Ai Sakai #2

In the previous post, I talked about the prices for having Ai Sakai service your hair and makeup for a wedding in the summer. And while wedding venues often offer discounts for off-peak season, you won’t see that happen as often for photographers, videographers, and hair and makeup artists. so I found it really interesting that Ai Sakai does offer an off-peak season rate. Here is what the cost breakdown looks like:   Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist: Ai Sakai Date Price Quoted: February 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: Off-peak season (January to March, November to December) Price Assumptions: Includes airbrush application for bride and 4 bridesmaids Assistant: No Airbrush Application: Yes Estimated Preparation Time: ~2 hours for bride, 1.5 hours per bridesmaid Package Fee: $1,010 Trial Fee: $180 Engagement Shoot Fee: $200 Travel Fee: ~$75 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 20% Total Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: $1,914   The Main Point The final cost is $65 less than the normal rate since the package fee is $50 less, and you...

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Hair and Makeup, Manhattan | 2 comments

Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: Ai Sakai

Ai Sakai may be a hair specialist, but she does some great makeup work as well. Located down on Clinton St., you could put your name down for a table at the Clinton Street Bakery, run over to Ai Sakai to get your hair and makeup done for the engagement shoot, then still make it back in time for some world-famous pancakes :). Ok, maybe not, but the idea is nice. Anyways, here is what the cost breakdown looks like for Ai Sakai:   Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist: Ai Sakai Date Price Quoted: February 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: July 2013 (Saturday) Price Assumptions: Includes airbrush application for bride and 4 bridesmaids Assistant: No Airbrush Application: Yes Estimated Preparation Time: ~2 hours for bride, 1.5 hours per bridesmaid Package Fee: $1,060 Trial Fee: $180 Engagement Shoot Fee: $200 Travel Fee: ~$75 Tax: 8.875% Gratuity: 20% Total Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost: $1,979   The Main Point Like Reiko Utsugi, Ai Sakai was easy to work with over email and also...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Cash Back, Ebates, Mr. Rebates, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Introduction to Cash Back on Everything

Since I discovered cash back portals a few years back, my shopping experience has changed completely. I almost never buy anything in a physical store anymore unless I need it ASAP. Instead, I do all my shopping online by going through a cash back portal and getting a rebate.   Q. What is a cash back portal? A. A cash back portal is a website that pays you a certain percentage of your total order if you click through the portal to get to the online retailer. These online retailers are all the stores you know and love, such as Macy’s, Sears, and hundreds more. Q. Is there a fee for using a cash back portal? A. No, it is absolutely free! That’s why it makes sense to get paid a rebate for shopping that you would do anyways. Q. Why would the cash back portals do this? A. Cash back portals are a business that partner with hundreds of retailers, and every time a cash back portal refers a customer...

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