What is the average cost of a wedding? Perhaps you are at the very early stages of getting engaged and you wanted to know what you are getting into in terms of “investment” and “expenses” for your wedding.
- What is the average cost of a wedding?
- What is the most expensive part of a wedding?
- What is a good wedding budget?
Sure, there can be a lot of sources out there that will tell you what is the “average” and what “other” couples have spent, but the truth is, every situation is different isn’t it? We are here to share our insights on what you should expect in terms of costs for your upcoming wedding day!
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What is the average cost of a wedding?
The quick answer is that the reception will cost you about $45-$55 per person (cocktail/appetizers only), $55-$65 per person (buffet), $65-$75 per person (brunch at a wedding venue or restaurant dinner), and $90-$150 per person (dinner at a wedding venue) for a generic menu selection (starter/appetizer, main course, and dessert). If you are looking to add a standard bar, expect to add about $20-$30 per person.
Of course, this goes without saying that prices will always vary depending on where you are. These ranges are applicable in USD and CAD.
You are probably wondering why we decided to share this price as “per person” pricing at the reception only, instead of a total amount.
What is the most expensive part of a wedding?
It’s the wedding reception. Because all the other things at your wedding can be variable depending on your preference. But one thing for sure is that you will need to have some type of meal to serve and feed your guests. This is why we are presenting this “average cost” per person at the reception.
SAVING TIP: There are wedding venues and even restaurants that include their rental in their price per person when you guarantee a specific number of people.
We shared a mid-end and low-end wedding reception cost comparison here. BUT, and this is a big but, the other elements of your wedding CAN be totally variable for you.
You might find a better deal for your dress than you have initially budgeted for or might have a cousin that is a wedding officiant that offered services to you for free. Perhaps have a graphic designer friend who can design your wedding stationeries for you for free.
There are a lot of options and variables that you can play around with that can change what the cost of your wedding will be for you. You might also opt for digital wedding invitations instead of printed ones.
We understand the “average cost of a wedding” ranges out there on the world wide web is also from real couples and the “general” public. But you can use those (and this) as a guide and a general overview of the costs, however, you are
What is a good wedding budget?
Listen lovely, whatever budget you have set based on your situation, is a good wedding budget for you! With the right vendors, advisors, and support, you can make it happen! If the world wide web says that the average wedding cost is $30,000 – and you plan to have a budget of $20,000 (or whatever budget you have set, whether less or more than!) – then that budget is what is best for you.
When you are open to new ideas, concepts, and approaches to your wedding, you can make whatever budget you set, right for you.
There you are lovely! Our insights on your question “What Is The Average Cost Of A Wedding?”