How Much Does A Weddings Cost – US $214

Wedding cost statistics are tracked by the Wedding Report across the United States. Published on a quarterly basis, the survey of what people pay can be a useful guide to brides and grooms.

The list of the average price per wedding service has been calculated for the United States in US Dollars. To quickly determine the Canadian pricing, you can multiply by the prices by 1.2. The list can be used in two ways:

1- The list of prices can be compared to each other. In a relative sense you can quickly see that people spend the most on Food Service compared to a DJ for example. This can help brides and grooms prioritize where they target their limited budget. They can choose to not do the inexpensive items or cut back on the big ticket ones.

2- To determine how your local vendors are priced relative to the US average. If the difference is large you may want to get quotes from other vendors to get a better feel for your market. Remember these are averages. So expensive geographies like New York are combined with Iowa.

But I can say one thing. The total cost of a wedding is figured at about $25,000. The listed wedding officiant’s fee is 1% of the wedding budget. As I told one groom who complained that getting married was expensive. It is not the actual act of getting married that is costly. It is everything else around it. To get married really only costs US $214.

Market Totals  
Market Summary $25,576
Attire & Accessories  
Dress Accessories $224
Tuxedo/suit/other Accessories $103
Tuxedo/suit/other Rent/purchase $208
Wedding Dress/es $1,218
Beauty & Spa  
Hair Service $67
Makeup Service $54
Manicure & Pedicure $45
DJ $736
Live Band $1,704
Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble $620
Flowers & Decorations  
Bouquets $337
Boutonnieres, Corsages $149
Event Decorations $445
Event Flowers & Arrangements $613
Event Table Centerpieces $326
Gifts & Favors  
Gift/s for Attendants $103
Gift/s for Parents $122
Tips (for all services) $385
Wedding Favors $239
Ceremony Programs $127
Engagement Announcements $109
Guest Book $61
Invitations & Reply Cards $225
Postage $105
Reception Menus $125
Save the Date Cards $112
Table Name and Escort/place Cards $85
Thank You Cards $90
Engagement Ring $3,401
Wedding ring/band for HER $782
Wedding ring/band for HIM $455
Photography & Video  
Digital or Photo cd/dvd $291
Engagement Session $395
Prints and/or Enlargements $237
Wedding album/s or photo book/s $417
Wedding Photographer $1,606
Wedding Videographer $1,072
A La Carte Services $940
Day of Coordinator $808
For Getting Started $871
Full Service $2,751
Month of Direction $1,059
Venue, Catering & Rentals  
Ceremony Officiator $214
Event Accessories $326
Event Bar Service $2,374
Event Food Service $4,671
Event Location $3,614
Event Rentals $1,737
Hotel Room for After Reception $315
Limo Rental $482
Other Transportation $517
Rehearsal Dinner $571
Wedding Cake/dessert $418