(Closed) Average Costs?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here are the pricing ranges that my Fiance and I have come across in the Pittsburgh, PA (East Coast) area:

Photography: $600 – $2500

Venue fee: $500 – $3000

Food: $30 per person – $120 per person

Alcohol:  $5 per drink – $10 per drink…. alot of places allow you to bring your own alcohol.

Cake:  $3.00- $6.50 per slice


Are you open to looking at other venues?  I’m not saying that you have to choose one of them… but go in with an open mind and maybe you will find something that is close to your dream venue.

In my opinion, I would not spend “almost all of our budget” on just the venue.  There are so many other (big and unforeseeable) expenses that add up so fast. 

Or how about cutting your guest list?

Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie:  Do NOT be discouraged this early in the planning process.  That’s what the next couple months are for!  No I’m joking.

Maybe you should take a little break from wedding planning.  I do it ALL the time.  I focus on one project at a time and EVERY single project/task has caused me some kind of pain.  So I cry for a day, drink a glass of wine the next day and on the third day I’m back to working on the project. But that little break always makes me feel so much better. 

I just want to fly to your hometown and help you out! 

Keep searching and occasionally take a break.  You will find something.

Good luck.


Post # 6
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Venue Site Fee $2,000-12,000

Flowers $3,000-8,000

Food $100-200 per person

Open Bar $4,000-8,000

Photography $4,000-10,000

Videography $2,000-6,000


Post # 7
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh! This is for the San Francisco area, based on 200 people..

Post # 9
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Venue: $2000-$2500

Photography: $2000-$3500

Food: not sure, I just used a family friend

Alcohol: not sure if we are even having any

Cake: $140 for 110 cupcakes and a small round cake to cut

Post # 10
674 posts
Busy bee

Why not look at non-traditional venues like wineries? I know many around my area have building areas they rent out for events. It limits you in what you can serve in regards to wine, but they were all very budget-friendly when I inquired about dinners and receptions.

Post # 11
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@TriciaAndDazzling : Yeah, it’s a little painful seeing how people can plan weddings for so much less! I started reading the weddingbee before I started planning and when I started contacting people I nearly got laughed at because my budget was soooo off for this area. My Fiance and I had to come up with a new, realistic budget for around here.

Post # 12
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I haven’t priced out a lot of things but this is what I have so far:


Venue, tables/chairs, linens, buffet, 1 Keg of beer = $21 per person

Extra bartender = $60

Extra Security Guard = $70

Skirting on Select tables = $150

China plates = $1 per person

Each additional keg = $150

Chair covers = $4.50 per chair


Most of this is stuff that comes with the venue we chose or is an additional option they offer.  I have yet to price cakes, photographer, flowers and many other things.

Post # 13
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

In FL, our venue (including tables, chairs, food, AND booze) will be $6K for 90 people.  The photog is $3K, and the cake is $300.

IMO – you can work with any kind of wedding budget wherever you are – you just have to be creative!  (or steal ideas from places like Wedding Bee).

That being said – I read somewhere that that reception should be ~40% of your budget.  OP, if you budget is $8K, then you should NOT be looking at venues that cost $8K – this will only lead to (1) frustration or (2) you spending more than you should on the wedding.  Start looking for places that are free to rent and that come with tables and chairs so you are only paying for food and booze.  Try fire halls, VFW’s, community centers, etc.  Don’t get sucked into the “wedding industry” – you can have a beautiful wedding at a community center – with a little effort on your end and cute, personalized DIY projects.

Oh – and the weddings you see in magazines – they probably cost $100K – just keep that in mind when getting “inspiration” from Martha Stewart (or whoever).

I also fell into this trap early in the wedding planning process – I looked at a venue that cost $6k just to rent the propery – not including tables/chairs/food/booze.  Yes – a wedding there would have been magical, but, with less than 2 months to go, and I super excited about my wedding AND having money in the bank afterwards for a house downpayment!


Post # 14
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our venue is 110 per person (including tables, chairs, linens, food, open bar) before tax and tip (27% total).

Photographers we’ve seen starting prices from 600-5000,

DJs 700-1700

idk about florists and other stuff yet, but thats for North Central NJ which is one of the most expensive places in the country (after NYC). We’re doing a pretty formal wedding for 200 people.

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