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Feb 20, 2018 10:55 |  #1

Please share you options for wedding packages including price and what’s included. A link to your portfolio would be great too.


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Feb 20, 2018 13:30 |  #2

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What is in the package and how much that package costs will only make sense within the context of a city/locale very similar to yours!

What we charge and include in the San Francisco area is so out of context with even Merced CA as to be meaningless to someone in Merced (where mean income is 55% of San Jose CA), or even to someone in San Diego (where mean income is about 80% of San Jose CA. Stockton CA, which is only about 80 minutes east of San Jose has only 52% of the mean income.

Central City has 75% of the mean income of Denver, so even comparing to cities in your state has to be done with care.


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Feb 23, 2018 04:34 |  #3

And it depends on how many togs are in your area. The more there are, the lower prices will be. Take a look at competitor prices and services, and then say undercut by 10%, no more. Then decide if you'd be better off traveling to gigs.


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Feb 23, 2018 05:21 |  #4

Wilt wrote in post #18568358 (external link)
... Merced (where mean income is 55% of San Jose CA), or even to someone in San Diego (where mean income is about 80% of San Jose CA. Stockton CA, which is only about 80 minutes east of San Jose has only 52% of the mean income.

Think I might move to San Jose then!


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Feb 23, 2018 08:41 |  #5

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Think I might move to San Jose then!


And find a place to live for less than $2400 per month (median price) for a ONE bedroom apartment; and since there is only a 7% vacancy rate right now, good luck getting one in an area you want to live in, http://mentalfloss.com …tments-50-major-us-cities (external link)
and then you pay $1 more per gallon of gasoline than the rest of the country,
and you pay about 9% sales tax on goods,
and up to 10% of your income in state income tax,
And then say hello to some of the worst commutes in the country to burn up that expensive gas.


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Feb 23, 2018 08:57 |  #6

Could not agree more with wilt's super-local market importance. Google makes this kind of market research super easy. Using their maps and local results you can, at the same time, see who is doing well in SEO, user reviews, pricing per package and supply and demand.

There are folks here who couldn't make a living with less than 35 $3,500 weddings a year, and there are some who do fine with 35 $1,500 weddings a year. Hell, depending on costs involved, they may each clear the same profit annually.


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Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18570373 (external link)
There are folks here who couldn't make a living with less than 35 $3,500 weddings a year, and there are some who do fine with 35 $1,500 weddings a year. Hell, depending on costs involved, they may each clear the same profit annually.

...and they probably have a higher quality of life living in the lower cost area with the lower income per package.

San Diego has 80% of the income of San Jose, while its housing costs 70% of San Jose.


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Feb 23, 2018 11:01 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #8

Pip, do you know the way to San Jose? Sorry, couldn't resist that one? :p


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Feb 23, 2018 14:05 |  #9

Wilt wrote in post #18570366 (external link)
And find a place to live for less than $2400 per month (median price) for a ONE bedroom apartment; and since there is only a 7% vacancy rate right now, good luck getting one in an area you want to live in, http://mentalfloss.com …tments-50-major-us-cities (external link)
and then you pay $1 more per gallon of gasoline than the rest of the country,
and you pay about 9% sales tax on goods,
and up to 10% of your income in state income tax,
And then say hello to some of the worst commutes in the country to burn up that expensive gas.

Um, maybe I'll just stay here in Darwin ... I kind of like being in a small city a couple of thousand miles from any other city. :)


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Feb 23, 2018 14:09 as a reply to  @ Pippan's post |  #10

Tie me kangaroo down, mate!


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Feb 24, 2018 17:45 |  #11

Wilt wrote in post #18570366 (external link)
And find a place to live for less than $2400 per month (median price) for a ONE bedroom apartment; and since there is only a 7% vacancy rate right now, good luck getting one in an area you want to live in, http://mentalfloss.com …tments-50-major-us-cities (external link)
and then you pay $1 more per gallon of gasoline than the rest of the country,
and you pay about 9% sales tax on goods,
and up to 10% of your income in state income tax,
And then say hello to some of the worst commutes in the country to burn up that expensive gas.

That's cute. 2 bedrooms in North Vancouver are going for $4000.
Gas is roughly $6 per gallon.
We pay 14% sales tax.
I pay approx. 35% income tax.
Vancouver has THE worst traffic congestion in all of Canada. Yup, even worse than Toronto. I spend on average 3-4 hours a DAY commuting to and from work.

NEXT. ;)


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Feb 24, 2018 18:00 as a reply to  @ Aressem's post |  #12

Everything is relative. By International standards, I know that CA gasoline is a veritable bargain!

You get a whole lot more social services for the taxes you pay, we have to pay high premiums for medical insurance, so add that our true expenses. If you get sick and have to travel to a hospital far from home, your relatives are covered for their expense to accompany you; we pay for anything but the covered patient. And our drugs cost us more, even with insurance.

About that commute, I just read:

"Residents of Metro Vancouver may have shorter commutes than their Montreal and Toronto counterparts, but compared to the rest of B.C., they are spending much more time in traffic, on buses and generally getting to and from work every day.

"The average daily commute for the Vancouver census metropolitan area, which includes White Rock, Maple Ridge and UBC, is 29.7 minutes one-way — or almost an hour daily. That's less than the 30 and 34-minute one-way commutes endured by the average worker in Montréal and Toronto, respectively, but it's also up from the 28.4 minute average commute time in Metro Vancouver in 2011."

Here are the average one-way commute times, in minutes, for every census agglomeration and census metropolitan area in B.C.:

Canada: 26.2
British Columbia: 25.9
Vancouver: 29.7

Officially, here in the SF Bay area the two worst commutes are

San Francisco, CA 59.20
Discovery Bay 46.0 minutes

but I also know that there are folks who live 90 minutes away (not rush hour travel times), and I recently learned about drivers for Uber who live 3 hours away and drive in SF. News articles here (2016) state:

"the average Bay Area commute takes longer than ever before and now lasts over 31 minutes door-to-door. Increasing congestion and longer-distance commutes to job centers in San Francisco and Silicon Valley have contributed to this trend. Importantly, modal choice affects commute duration. Commuters choosing to drive alone spend 28 minutes getting to work, while those choosing public transit log an average commute time nearly twice as long at 51 minutes."

"According to the INRIX Traffic Scorecard, the Bay Area has the third-worst traffic in the U.S. behind Los Angeles and Honolulu. In addition, the Bay Area has the highest concentration of “mega commuters” — workers who drive over 90 minutes and 50 miles one way to their office."

And don't forget that it takes 25% more of your minidollars ;-)a to equal our dollar CAD$125 = USD$100

Grass is greener, ya know...you have Trudeau, we have buffoons and conspirators and sexual miscreants...


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