How much does a wedding cost?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ambybambi88:  it could cost you $100, it could cost you $100,000.

it is up to you what your budget is, how much you want to spend, etc.

the average wedding in the US costs $27,000

Post # 4
7289 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@ambybambi88:  How long is a piece of string?

The average wedding in Australia costs $54,294(according to the most consistent refernce being the 2012 Cost of Love survey by bride to be magazine which surveys twice a year)  but a simple registry wedding will cost no more than $500 in fees. What you add to that is up to you.

I think if you want to keep costs down then you would be best to look at alternative venues such as restaurants, pubs, halls, surf lifesaving clubs, RSL’s but costs of course will vary greatly depending on where you are holding the wedding.

Any wedding venue business is going to cost the most and you will more than likely be locked into a per guest pricing structure. The more historic or popular it is the higher the price.

The best advice I can give is to sit down together and make a list of non-negotiables, desirables and don’t cares and rank items under each category. Then set a budget. Then start allocating the budget starting with the non-negotiables and working your way down the list until the money runs out.

I think it is also prudent to remember that a wedding can be anything that you want it to be but a party is never worth setting yourself up for financial misery. 

Post # 5
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ambybambi88:  if you are having a dinner reception as opposed to a full blown catering/wedding hall…id estimate a few thousand. What are you looking to spend?

Post # 6
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ambybambi88:  we had a wedding for 80 people with all the traditional things: catered food and cake, a DJ, decor, salon wedding dress etc, all for about $8,000. 


Any budget can work as long as you’re willing to stick to it and cut costs where needed. For instance, we skipped any real flowers, church decor and a limo. 

Post # 7
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@ambybambi88:  We’re having a black tie, 55 person wedding, no bridal party, and it’s costing aprox 24K


  • Dress – 3K
  • Flowers – 2500
  • Venue ( with food) – 10K
  • Bar – 2K
  • Rings – $700
  • Day of Coordinator – $1200
  • Officiant – $650
  • Photographer – 3k
  • Cake – $400
  • Hair and Makeup with trial – $330
  • Groom tux rental $300

There’s more costs in there but those are the main ones that most weddings have.

Post # 8
2878 posts
Sugar bee

@ambybambi88:  That’s what we were going for, and if you were to do that in my area you’ll probably spend 10K. We want to spend half that amount. That’s really a huge challenge for us as well (being both students).

Post # 9
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Our entire wedding was something like $6500, I think. My dress was only $200. The big expenses were the venue ($2400) and photographer ($2750). My mom catered and it was only $155 for our 90 guests.

Post # 10
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had a private wedding with two witneses in a different country and it was $3300.


Post # 11
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

50ish guests for $2000. Technically the only cost for a wedding is the license. The rest is the cost for your party to celebrate said wedding.  And it can cost whatever you feel like spending.

Post # 12
4138 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The best way to start figuring it out is to start a guest list, loosely shop around for venues etc. The range is so variable depending on how much you want etc. 

Post # 13
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Some of the costs are hidden and would be with things you wouldnt think of. Things normally cost more than you would think. Food, venue, dress, invitation, alcohol, photographer, ceremony, cake, etc.

Luckily, we know a lot of people that are willing to help us out. But total, i would say that we are having a $6,000 wedding.

Post # 14
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@ambybambi88:  For us it is very tough to stay under 10k in our area. I was hoping for $5000 but all those things add up. No DJ, DIY everything, hor deurve afternoon reception. 

Post # 15
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

You can definitely have a lovely wedding for between $5-$10k in Aussie – think outside hte box with a cheap/free venue such as a beach, friends backyard, botanical garden. Maybe even an afternoon tea garden party or picnic. There are lots of ways to cut costs – and plenty of great blogs etc to guide you.

Post # 16
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had a DW for 20 ppl and it was 25k. I also didn’t DIY much, had a full time planner and day of coordination, and I didn’t really sacrifice anything I didn’t want to sacrifice. Getting just about anything and everything I wanted added up. We got 10k from our parents combined and DH and I contributed the other 15k ourselves.

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