Post # 1
Check out this article —http://ezinearticles.com/?True-Cost-of-a-Wedding&id=4082025
The Bridal Association of America estimated that an average wedding costs a whopping $38,500!
I know that I can’t afford to spend that much.
Post # 3
We didn’t spend that much at all. You can have a beautiful wedding for a lot less money, just have to proritize.
Post # 4
Holy makrel! That’s a REALLY nice car! Umm, I’d like to know what all is included in a wedding that costs that much…there better be peonies, Vera, Manolo, and surf and turf!!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Wow! We’re not spending anywhere NEAR that!
Post # 6
wow! thats pretty ridiculous as an average…i wonder where this data is coming from???
Post # 7
I think you need to think about this like the average national income. There are some people who spend ridiculous amounts of money on weddings (and people who make ridiculous salaries) which ends up skewing the average toward the higher side. Anyone know the median amount spent on a wedding, that might be more realistic.
Post # 8
I only want to spend about $10,000, and my friends who know nothing about wedding costs think it’s insane. I am like…little do you people know, 10k is a super low budget wedding!
I can’t imagine spending 40k. My parents would probably do it, as I am an only child, but yikes, I am way too cheap to justify that amount. Even though, sadly, 40k doesn’t even get you that much in the WIC. Thankfully my “dream wedding” is much more fun than princessy.
Post # 9
My guess is markets like New York, Chicago, LA, San Fran, etc that have really high averages pushed that number up.
We’ve had this discussion many, many times, but locale has a LOT to do with budget. A wedding in Chicago that is identical to one southern Illinois will easily cost $15,000 to $20,000 more. Since there are obviously people that have platinum weddings in cities as well, those numbers probably go high really quickly.
Our wedding won’t be anywhere near platinum *snort* but we’ll probably end up spending about $35,000 – and that’s with a hell of a lot of DIY!
Post # 10
i think it is pretty common for people to spend that much, but i think that i can only imagine spending that much if i had a lot more people attending than i currently do and if i wasn’t willing to do things on my own like favors and everything stationary related and stuff.
Post # 11
the article breaks down the costs — and it might include a lot of things you wouldn’t have included like the wedding rings and honeymoon.
I know I’m going to try and cut out as much as we can, but I’m sure it’s going to add up quickly.
Post # 12
Let’s see what I could do with $40,000…hmmm…
Catering for 125 at a Mid-To-Upper Venue (317 at Rice Park)= ~$10,000
Ceremony at same venue & Wedding Coordinator & Officiant= $3,000
Cake from Gateaux Inc.= $1,500
Wedding Package w/ Notable Photographer (Erin Johnson)= $4,000
“Mid-Level Designer Wedding Dress” + Accessories & Hair/Makeup =$3,500
Grooms Tux= $200
Rehersal Dinner for 30 at W.A. Frost & Company= $2,000
Elum Letterpress Stationary Full Suite for 75 +Postage + QueenQuills Calligraphy= $3,600
Photobooth (It’s a must have these days, non?)= $1,500
DJ & Ceremony Music= $3,000
Gifts & Favors= $1,000 (Splurges on those adorable Godiva cakes)
Romance package @ The St. Paul Hotel =$500
But it would be a pretty awesome shindig.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
The bridal association has a vested interest in projecting a very large “average.” They want people to think that’s normal and therefore spend a similar amount. I’m coming in way under that 🙂
Post # 14
I believe it…and agree with ribbons that they want a higher number
It really does come down to location, location, location…in downtown Boston, $38k is around the norm that I’ve been seeing. Sad but true. But Boston is an expensive area, same with NYC, Washington, DC, etc.
I wonder if they factor in local taxes, estimated admin. fees, etc? Because those realllly hike up the prices (as we all know!)
Post # 15
does sales tax count? I’m from oregon and I am always horrified at the thought of having your wedding cost 8% more!
Post # 16
I COULD spend that much…but I wont!