(Closed) Why Weddings in Los Angeles Are So Expensive

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Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

christinakhar:  I’m not in CA, but I am a wedding photographer. One of the biggest factors just comes down to the darn cost of doing business (which SUCKS!!!!) and where you live. I live in a pretty high cost of living area – which means I have to charge enough to cover my bills and have my business still turn a profit so I can keep investing into it. While in my industry a lot of use the same gear, etc, one thing I’ve found is that my business insurance is double what photographers in other photographers pay simply due to my location!

It’s the same really for any other service based business. Yes, catering is expensive but they also have to pay their staff – and if it’s a high COL area (like CA is) they have to pay their staff a wage they can get by on. Insurance for those kinds of services is crazy too. The downside is that it trickles down to the customer. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

christinakhar:  NY here. It’s costing us about $75k (not including dress and honeymoon) for our ~220 person wedding 

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We’re in Indiana. Had a budget of about 15k, but it will probably be 18k for about 230-250 guests. Including everything. 

The church fee for the ceremony is $800. The reception venue fee is $1,500. But we have to purchase all food and beverages from them, so the whole tab will be close to 8k. 

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Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

christinakhar:  It’s in the mountains so it’s got an outdoorsy sort of vibe, I wouldn’t call it rustic though.

Here’s a picture:

We do have to use their catering but we can bring in our own alcohol which is saving us a lot of money!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

christinakhar:  a lot of similar reasons as LA, and then some. 1) it’s just a high cost of living area, so EVERYTHING costs more; 2) sales tax is 8%. If you’re getting married IN the city, likely your venue is a hotel and the city charges crazy taxes on hotels (well above and beyond the 8.9% sales tax); if you get married outside of the city (Hudson Valley, North Jersey, or Long Island), the venues are limited and the brides and grooms are a plenty! Venues can easily charge 10-15k for a site fee (includes NOTHING) because of the market. You can people who pay 5k a month in rent…so they *can* afford it, but geez it’s still so damn painful. 

Post # 22
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Sugar bee

ohhsnap:  that’s not bad for how large your wedding is. We’re doing 125 people for ~50k

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

still early in the process, but mine is looking to end up around $60k for 150 people.  welcome to long island

(particularly eastern long island, which was recently described on pretty little liars as basically NYC but you have to drive 3 hours to get there… haha)

Post # 24
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Yes, several cruise lines have wedding packages. The best deal by far is Carnival, but it depends on what you like. Their price list is readily available online through a quick internet search.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We had 90 people and spent $15K. I had my wedding in Indiana, so nowhere remotely as bad as yours (though there were some options that have $10K catering minimums that we crossed right off the list lol). I’m glad we got married here, since we’re getting ready to move to the LA area, we wouldn’t be able to afford it!

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m in the Temecula area and our wedding venue had a food and beverage minimum of $10,000, which seems low but when their food packages per person start at $80…doesn’t take long to hit it and then go over! I think between food and beverage alone, we spent $18,000 plus the site rental fee. Everything else we did completely budget friendly but that minimum and then prices per person were what did us in. It was worth it though, delicious food and didn’t have to rent chairs, tables, linens, silverware, etc.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

ilovesophia:  yep! everything in or around nyc is insane!

 

christinakhar:  150 people and around 35K… which is considered VERY reasoanble here in the area!

Post # 28
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2507 posts
Sugar bee

RosaBride:  right?!? I would LOVE to spend only 35k on a wedding (and I realize just how ridiculous that sounds)

Post # 29
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160 posts
Blushing bee

christinakhar:  Winery wedding in PA here for 80 people, we spent $8500. I had a budget, since we paid in cash ourselves, but I didn’t choose budget vendors or skip anything. I just did lots of research and I was able to get all the “extras” I wanted. The only thing we didn’t have that I really, really wanted was a videographer but I decided on that too late and frankly, it was no honeymoon & a video or no video & a honeymoon – so we honeymooned. In my area, $20,000-40,000 seems to be typical for around 150ish.

Relatives were married in outside of San Diego and I believe they spent about $10,000 for 200 people but a lot of it was DIY. They had a local restaurant cater and it was AMAZING. Not sure that helps you in LA though, sorry :\ Just research, research, research, don’t be afraid to negotiate, and try looking outside of the typical venues.

Post # 30
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Helper bee

 

christinakhar:  Ugh yes, I feel your pain girl! Our wedding is in Los Angeles (well actually in Somis but it’s just outside of LA and we live in Studio City) and our budget was $50K which has gone up to almost $60K (due to a major dress distaster lol) with around 120 guests. Our venue is a place called Hartley Botanica and it’s basically like a dream! 

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