How much does an average wedding cost?

by DIY wedding planner on December 26, 2012

Nothing too extravagant but all the essentials..

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Alana December 26, 2012 at 5:48 am



Tyler December 26, 2012 at 6:02 am

Im going to be honest have small wedding at your house or something so you have money for a house and your baby.


Emily December 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

Between the dress, catering, etc., about 10,000.


Lin Hao December 26, 2012 at 7:13 am

My sister had her wedding, just the essentials, like this
Venue: (church) $400 for church, pastor, and reception room
Food at reception: (100 people at $12 a plate plus wedding cake) $1,200
Wedding Photographer and pictures: $400
Bridesmaid gifts: $100
Wedding dress: $300
Reception decorations and rented chairs/tables: $300

So, $3,000 (but most are way more if you have a wedding planner)


Mandy December 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

An arm and a leg. ;D


swbarnes2 December 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

You aren’t too hot with math, are you?

The average is about $24,000 because a small number of people spend huge amounts of money.

But if you don’t say how many guests you want, it’s impossible to get an diea of what price range you are looking at.


phs625 December 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

Average over $10K, but if you plan right and shop around for the right venue, you will find something cheaper. Mine is about $5K including everything.


bivek s December 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

$20000 n above


cjsmummy December 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

The average cost of a wedding is £20,000 nowadays.The only things you need to get married are:

Correct paperwork

You and the groom can wear jeans and T shirts in your wardrobe.The officiant may cost you around 100 with another 100 on top for the marriage paperwork (marriage license,giving notice etc) and I’m probably being generous here so 200 for the essentials

There are ways to keep costs down though:

1.Keep your guest list small – invite immediate family (parents,siblings,grandparents) and a couple of close friends.It is the reception that costs money
2.Choose the time of your wedding carefully – if you marry in the morning you can serve breakfast (which from a caterers POV is the cheapest meal of the day).Marry 1-4pm and you can serve a champagne toast,’mini’ buffet and cake.Even if you want to provide a full plated meal there are cheaper options such as a pasta based dish.You may even skip alcohol altogether and only serve a champagne toast
3.Look in department stores for suitable attire.A good suit is a must in a mans wardrobe,and if you look in sales you can probably pick one up for around 100.Supermarkets also have decent suits for around the same price mark.A wedding dress can be any white dress and stores like Debenhams or BHS have some lovely options in.If you have your heart set on a particular dress but find it is out of your budget then trawl Ebay for a real bride selling it on – these dresses are worn for only a couple of hours and once they are dry cleaned nobody can tell it isn’t a ‘new’ dress.You may even have family friends willing to let you borrow their dress or other accessories such as their veil.You can also find other places to find a dress – charity shop,ads in your local paper – or hit the bridal boutique sales
4.DIY what you can – invites can cost at least 200 to be made professionally.Make them yourself and cut the cost.Centrepieces,bouquets and bouts can also be made.Look for non floral ideas – flowers are expensive.You can even cut down on your floral costs by using your arrangements from the ceremony at the reception location.There are a ton of things you can make yourself and there are a ton of on line ‘masterclasses’ showing you How To
5.Cut postage costs by keeping your invites free of embellishments that will raise weight and ask guests to RSVP online or by phone
6.Cut the bridal party.As long as you have 2 people willing to sign as witnesses than no need for titles such as Best Man or MOH.If you want to ask people to stand then keep it to one person each.Even if they buy their own attire you still have to buy them a gift and that can add 100 minimum
7.Skip the wedding favours.Nobody will miss them
8.Cake – can cost minimum of 150.Buy a simple iced white sponge/fruitcake and decorate yourself.Serve as dessert or use as your wedding favour
9.Utilise skills of friends and family – instead of wedding presents from them,ask your friend with that beautiful car to drive you,have your mum make your cake etc


Right. December 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

It all depends on what you want in the end.
Our first budget was $5000, but by end of the planning, it;s closer to $8000 because we added extras we hadn’t thought of.

My sister did hers for under $3000 by using her MIls garden as a ceremony, hiring a community hall for reception and getting family and friends to cook the food.

My suggestion is to talk about what you want as a couple, research prices, look at what you can afford and then set a budget from there.


Erin December 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

A typical wedding where I’m from costs about $25,000. We’re getting married with a few family members in Vegas, and having a small get together with everyone when we get back for about $10,000 total for both. We didn’t want to have to use loans or anything to pay for our wedding and we didn’t have any parents contributing, so this worked best for us.


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