Post # 1
Here in the GTA, almost all wedding venues have been telling us that their prices have skyrocketed due to the minimum wage increase. I have crunched my numbers and we are looking at spending WAY more than our siblings did for their weddings just a few years back. We are getting married just north of Toronto and are looking at spending $50,000 for a 230 person wedding. Are we crazy?!
Post # 2
I got married in downtown Toronto. Had 170 guests and spent about 70-75K.
Post # 3
Crazy in terms of what…spending more than your siblings?
I think $50K is quite resonable. I got married in Vaughan in 2016 and spent $160K on my 300 person wedding.
Post # 4
Souzie : Holy crap!! Where did you get married? How was your budget divided? In any event, your wedding must’ve been absolutely awesome!
Post # 5
lisadahlia88 : We got married at The Venetian Banquet and Hospitality Centre.
I didn’t include my dress since my mom insisted on buying it or anything under $1K because it was too hard to keep track of but this was a breakdown of our budget…
Wedding planner: $7,345
Band with DJ: $9,600
Groom/groomsmen attire: $8,500
Grooms shoes (2 pairs): $4,000
My shoes (2 pairs): $3,100
Wedding bands: $4,000
Flatware/glassware rental: $5,000
Hotel suites (for getting ready): $1,000
Chair/charger rental: $2,635
Entertainment (martial arts performers/lion dancers): $1,700
Entertainment (ballet performers): $1,700
Entertainment (statue artists): $1,750
Bridal party gifts: $5,500
Post # 6
Burlington Bride. 100 people. Total wedding cost $17,000 in 2013.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies! I appreciate it.
Post # 8
Our wedding is 2.5 weeks away and will be held just north of the city. I haven’t broken it all down but it’s goung to be just about 30K including everything and we have just under 100 guests.
Post # 9
You are crazy if you don’t have that much money to spend. But if you do have it and that’s what you want to do, then don’t worry about it.
That being said, my 50 person off-season wedding will cost about $15k so spending $50k on 230 people is probably not that crazy for a wedding budget.
Post # 10
It makes me so mad that employers are using the ‘minimum wage went up so we have to gouge you because of our employees’. I could maybe understand this coming from a struggling small business owner, but all too often it’s corporate greed/ almighty dollar. Even companies with record level profits and CEOs making obscene piles of money begrudge their employees a liveable wage. When you give an employee minimum wage with no benefits, IMO you’re saying “I’d give you even less if it were legal” So I’m side-eyeing the hell out of any venue that’s wringing their hands claiming they have to gouge you because minimum wage went up (lol I bet they were already gouging before this)
As for the wedding venue- there are venues out there to fit most budgets, especially if you can be flexible on the date or location. I went to a wedding once at Casa Loma (downtown Toronto) that probably cost more than my house! I’ve also been to amazing, super fun casual weddings that have cost less than $10k.
What areas of the GTA are do-able for you? How far outside the GTA, if at all, would you consider?
Also, do you want a formal plated dinner or is buffet an option? On-site caterers that come as a package deal with the venue tend to be pricier with only limited high-end menu choices. A venue that allows you to chose your own caterer may be another big cost-saver.
Post # 11
We are getting married in Burlington and are looking at about 50k for 170 people
Post # 12
We’re getting married in the city this year, 170 people, 30k. On a Friday though so we automatically saved about 25% or more.
Post # 13
We’re getting married downtown Toronto. 80 people. We would have loved a wedding for 15k but its just not doable in a city. We are likely going to be spending close to 20-24k