I saw this "average wedding costs" all over pinterest and it left me curious.
"Am I higher or lower than the average???"
Let's see, shall we!
Reception Venue Average $12,905
I assume this means the rental only? If so..
Our Venue: Lower
Engagement Ring Average $5,431
I don't consider this part of our "wedding budget" since CV paid for it. But...
My Engagement Ring: Higher
Reception Band Average $3,084
Our Reception Band: Lower (we aren't having a band)
Photographer Average $2,379
Our Photographer: Higher
Ceremony Site Average $1,711
Our Ceremony Site: Lower
Wedding Gown Average $1,211
My wedding gown: Lower
But when you consider all my attire: shoes, veil, jewelry, alterations it's higher.
Florist/Decor Average $1,997
Our florist/decor: Higher
Videographer Average $1,619
Our videographer: Lower (we aren't having a professional videographer)
Wedding Planner Average: $1,847
Our Wedding Planner: Lower (we aren't having a planner)
Groom's Tuxedo Average $230
CVs Tuxedo: Lower
Rehearsal Dinner Average: $1,135
Our Rehearsal Dinner: Higher (not paid yet, but we are having an open bar with premium drinks, so I imagine it will be higher!)
Reception DJ Average: $988
Our DJ: Higher
Transportation Average $708
Our transportation: Lower (not booked yet, but I imagine it will be lower)
Ceremony Musician Average $554
Our ceremony musician: Lower
Wedding Cake Average $560
Our wedding cake: Lower (not ordered yet, but I imagine it will be lower)
Invitations Average $344
Our Invitations: Lower
But when you consider all paper products of programs, menus, thank you cards, etc, it is higher.
Favors Average $221
Our favors: Higher
Catering Average $63/head
Our catering: Higher
Out of 18 items, we had 11 lower and 7 higher.
However, this little list doesn't consider all the other things we will pay for:
wedding license, officiant fees, bridal accessories/shoes/purse/jewelry/veil, hair, makeup, gifts for wedding party, gifts for bride/groom, wedding bands, table numbers, place cards, programs, menus, save the date cards, engagement pictures, accommodations for wedding night, THE HONEYMOON!!
AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.
So...the average wedding costs $28,427. But when you consider EVERYTHING you have to spend.
It's very easy for it to be a whole lot more!
How did your wedding stack up?