(Closed) How much would you Australian brides pay for…

posted 8 years ago in Australia
Post # 3
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hi Ccranetobe, sorry I missed this, I don’t often check the local boards as there aren’t many of us!


I’m about o book a venue and they charge $35per person for a bar package, this includes premium bottled wines, premium beers, champagne cocktail and soft drinks. I was upgraded from the basic package as I’m having it on a Fri but I think this is generally the average amount. I haven’t yet seen any venues that include spirits with their package? presumably guests would have to pay if they wanted these?


My venue is $69 per head for a sit down three course with canapes(again this was upgraded as it is on a Friday). I’m also being charged approx $3000 for the venue, tasting, 4 rooms night before, wedding cottage night of, wedding breakfast morning after, food for 10 day of pre-ceremony, champagne etc…. I know this is pretty expensive compared to other venues but it’s exactly what we are looking for and we are hoping to keep it to only 80 guests to have what we want but to keep costs down.


Not sure about a DJ? Maybe $500 or something, I haven’tlooked into that yet. But we are having two guys play acoustic at our engagement party and they are charging us $300 including PA, and that’s mates rates!



Post # 4
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010


We’re putting $2000 on our bar for around 70 guests – we’re having beer, wine and a champagne toasts but when I say beer I mean not Carlton… more like James Boags, Heinekin that kinda thing. I guess if it goes over (which I’m thinking it probably won’t!!) we’ll pay the difference.

We’re also paying $500 site fee for ceremony, reception and photography and we’re paying $50 a head for a 3 course buffet (with a selection of around 10 dishes) and post ceremony drinks and nibblies. Our venue is also throwing in 3 nights free B&B accommodation for FREE!!! I love them so bad!!!

As for a DJ the fella is a classical musician and is against DJ’s on principle (much to my dismay!) so we’re having an ipod reception… fingers crossed on that one! LOL

Our venue isn’t a big “wedding” venue though so I don’t know if that makes a difference or not – perhaps cos we’re not getting a pre formed package.

Post # 5
2459 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Our venue doesn’t have a hire fee, but we are paying $75 per head for canapes and a 3 course meeleach course has 3 choices, so while it is expensive it is worth it also it is at a fine dining restaurant so the food is amazing.

DJ is $700 bt that includes microphone and lighting and they are travelling 1.5 hours as we are getting married in a small coastal town 1.5 hours out of Adelaide.

We are supplying our own wine and payin $12 corkage per bottle and bee and soft drink will get put on a tab so I gues $3 for softies and $8 for beer.

Post # 7
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

It depends on how lavish your venue is as well as location.

My package includes the DJ and unlimited beer/wine/soft drink/juice and is $160 per head for 3 courses. It is right on Sydney Harbour though. I find the further you go from the city centre the cheaper packages tend to be

Post # 8
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m paying $800 for my music at the reception.

All up my venue cost $8590 which includes, ceremony, room hire, 6 course meal, cakeage and corkage chair covers and basic decor and a wedding co-ordinator. its approx $100 a head. Cheapest I found for a sat night.

I get to bring my own wine and champagne then everything else is on the bar which I think we are putting at first $1000 but realistically it will be $2000. (my in-laws will pay for that.)


Does that help?


Post # 9
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are paying $1300 for music

$8500 for venue ($138 per person which includes $8 corkage so we can bring in boutique beer plus venue hire fees)

$2500 open bar (doesn’t include the boutique beers we are bringing)

This is for 50 people. Open bar is a tad smaller than I would have liked, but we dont have many large drinkers coming and this works out to be 5-6 alcoholic drinks per person so we should be fine

Post # 10
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My budget for DJ is $500.

Our venue, which includes exclusive use for the whole morning, day and night, cermeony, setup and pack up, food, open bar (yes vodka and bourbon!!!), etc, etc, etc is $8,000. Thats is for 110 people.

Our wedding on the whole is going to cost between $16,000 – $18,000.

(Just for comparison, we did love another venue, however they quoted $16,000, just for the reception and everything that goes with that. That did not the ceremony either, and we wouldn’t have been allowed in there before 3pm)

Post # 11
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We aren’t having a DJ, our venue is $1,900 for 35 people (small intimate wedding) the venue doesn’t have an option to have an open bar, so our guests will have to buy their own drinks (i don’t mind too much considering it’s on a monday and most people are going to work the next day)

Post # 12
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Our DJ is $450 (friend of FI’s dad, so he gave us a $200 discount)

Venue is $1500 hire fee with a minimum spend of $5000 on food and beverage.

Open bar… I didn’t even look. For 3 hours service it was $65 per head.

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