- 2 years ago
Before anyone replies with “Weddings don’t need to be expensive” (because understandable that some just want a courthouse ceremony followed by a simple restaurant lunch/dinner reception for 10 people), that’s not what I mean in this thread. Although some people do what I mentioned, let’s face it, many people we know and including bees here have the traditional close to 100 guest wedding, big white dress, flowers, dinner/dance reception, etc. I think you get the picture.
I just read from The Knot and Business Insider that US average for wedding cost is around $30-35K. I’ll give you an example, some of you know my SO is European and we plan to have a second wedding ceremony in his country (church/religious) because he just knows way more people than me and we don’t expect all those people to travel for our CA civil wedding ceremony (only immediate family and best man plus 3 other guys are traveling). We will have a more extensive guest list in his country, likely 125 people while only about 60 people in our CA ceremony. But when we do the math, it’s nowhere we would spend in CA if we were to have the same thing. His parents live about 25 minutes drive outside a major international city so I guess you can’t really say it’s the location? Here is a possibility of what we might spend for our second ceremony:
Photography and Videography =2,800 euros (together)
Food & Beverage = 6,000 euros (unlimited bar and buffet for 125 guests and no more tax added or service fee)
Musician ceremony & reception DJ = 1,400 euros
reception hall rental = 2000 euros
3 tiered wedding cake= 300 euros
flowers = 500 euros (church decor, reception centerpieces, personal flowers for wedding party)
stationeries= 250 euros
For anything extra, I might rent separately chiavari chairs and nicer linens since I don’t like the standard ones the venue has. I’m picky with these things. But those are even cheaper to rent there compared to the prices in my area.
I think the only thing I did’t mention are my outfit and his.
I have attended a few weddings too outside of the US and the brides have told me as well that the cost was nowhere close to what they would have to spend in the US. Is this just compared to our standard of living? Is it expensive too in Canada?