Key Differences Between a Luxury Wedding and Traditional Wedding

Traditional and luxury weddings can both leave a lasting impression and create a uniquely beautiful experience to be remembered forever. It seems “luxury” has become somewhat of a buzzword in recent years, with wedding planners sticking it in front of their titles and people using it without knowing its meaning. But not all nice weddings are luxury weddings. There are some key differences between the two wedding types, and we’ll explore them today.

What is a Luxury Wedding?

Luxury weddings are all about the experience. Yes, it costs a lot of money to have a luxury experience, but the emphasis is on experience, elegance, and exclusivity. It’s a magazine-worthy affair that bleeds glitz and glamor. The experience is amplified for the couple, as they get personal concierge service from start to finish, and the experience is heightened for the guests who get to enjoy a personalized and ultra-elegant event that they’ll never forget. Every single detail at a luxury wedding is meticulously planned and perfectly executed.

Average Cost

Traditional Wedding:

A traditional wedding costs between $50-$60,000, with an average guest count of about 100 people. Non-luxury weddings can still be stunning and usually include a ceremony followed by a reception with flowers and decorations. There will usually be some form of invitation as well as a photographer—and usually a videographer—at the event. While many aspects may be handled professionally, there may still be some D.I.Y elements. Traditional weddings can feel fancy and elegant but don’t quite meet the level of the opulence of a luxury wedding. The attention to detail isn’t on the same level as with a luxury event.

Luxury Wedding:

A luxury wedding usually costs at least $100,000, with 10% of luxury weddings costing over $1 million. Luxury weddings are on a whole different playing field than traditional weddings. Luxury weddings spare no expense, and the experience is tailored to the couple’s style. Luxury weddings include all the things traditional weddings do and more, such as lighting, live music, outfit changes, and other surprises planned out to add unique features to the night. With luxury weddings, the couple doesn’t lift a finger. Their planner takes care of everything. There is no penny pinching, and cost is not usually the leading factor for decision making. Couples who are planning a luxury wedding want the best of the best in every aspect of their big day including the best chefs, flower vendors, lighting, entertainment, formalwear, venue, and decor.

What it Takes to Plan a Luxury Wedding

Simply spending money isn’t going to get you a luxury wedding experience. It takes a lot of time, a dedicated wedding planner, and a lot of organization to pull off a luxury wedding. That’s why it’s essential to hire a team specifically experienced with luxury wedding planning that has executed dozens of them.

The planning behind a luxury wedding can take up to 1,000 hours. When a dedicated team is by your side, they take the brunt of it, are at your beck and call, and work overtime to ensure you only have to deal with the fun stuff.

Your wedding planner should make you and your partner feel like you are the only two people in the world getting married. They should also reassure you that you can trust them to assemble their best team, get to know you, and execute your vision down to the last detail. A luxury wedding planner should be responsive, on the ball, and excellent at conflict management. You should feel impressed by them from the get-go.

When it comes to luxury weddings, every single detail matters. Every single square inch of the venue matters. Everything is planned out.

Luxury weddings allow you to experience a traditional wedding at an abundant level in a rich environment with personal touches throughout. When we plan a luxury wedding, we work to entice all five senses. We have connections with the best vendors to showcase the best food possible, high-end drinks, top-notch décor, the most elegant lighting options, and unforgettable entertainment. Every guest is taken care of by our team. Every action your guests take will feel luxurious. Guests leave a luxury wedding feeling like they will never experience a night like that again. And when the guests feel that way, we know that we’ve done our job.

As luxury wedding planners, we consider ourselves artists and storytellers in the way we handle your vision. We create your ultimate dream experience and use your desired venue as our canvas. We are not creating a one-size-fits-all-event. We are sharing your unique backstory, customs, and traditions so that the event is like no other and exquisitely tailored to you.

Luxury Weddings Make a Statement

Couples who are dead set on nothing less than a luxury wedding usually want to make a statement through their wedding. Because of their deep desire for a show-stopping event, our luxury wedding couples are generally picky and particular when finding event planning services. They often want big names to be a part of their big day to add acclaim and fame to their wedding. They may want a celebrity event planner or a famous artist to perform for their first dance. Luxury weddings are about big gestures, luxurious details, and sumptuous elements.

Traditional weddings can certainly have elegant elements, but luxury weddings are on another level of opulence and awe. Couples who plan a luxury wedding with us get our white glove service, where we make sure to be available and attentive and make you feel valued. You deserve to shine on your big day, and we make sure you know it. We listen to you, keep your stress at a minimum, and get to work to plan the ultimate luxury experience.

With luxury weddings, we have a higher budget to be 10 times more meticulous about the details, and there’s a clear difference between walking into a traditional wedding reception and walking into a luxury one.

Whether you’re planning a traditional wedding or a luxury wedding, every detail matters, and we know how important your big day is. We love planning weddings of all types and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a luxury wedding planner for a big bash or a micro-wedding planner for a luxurious but intimate soiree, we’d love to get to know your personal style and bring it to life.


Traditional and luxurious weddings can create an experience treasured for the rest of one’s life. It appears that “luxury” has become a buzzword in recent years, as evidenced by wedding planners using it without understanding what it means and people using it in front of their titles. Take a look at this infographic to learn the four elements of an unforgettable wedding.

4 Elements of an Unforgettable Wedding Infographic