Updated: Feb 27, 2021
So. I just told you what you DON'T need at your wedding. Which is great, trim that budget.
What I'm about to tell you is going to blow your mind.
The average wedding is the same cost as a new Toyota. Don't believe me? Here's the breakdown.
I’m a wedding photographer by trade, and I can tell you for certain that the average wedding package starts at $2,000. (Clients have certainly spent more.) Our packages include a free engagement session, and even the wedding guest book as an option. The following prices are the average for Southeastern Idaho.
The average bride spends around $2,100 on the gown & accessories
Add guests in at an average $204 per person
Bridal hair, makeup, and nails: $350
Grooms spend $250 on that tux/suit
Jewelry: His/her rings $2,100
Flowers come in at $1,500
Food arrives at about $2,050
DJ’s run about $1,100
Officiants can be up to $500
Venue is about $2,200
Wedding cake $500
Car service $300
Invitations & postage: $500
Hotel room: $350
What did we leave out? The bridal party. Expect to add at least another $950 per attendant.
Dress + Tux/Suit
I can hear you now. "Wait, WHAT! What about the invitations! What about the cake! What about…"
Hey now, we all have someone who can help us with DIY wedding costs. The only recommendations I have for DIY as a former bride myself is DON’T try to do your own food. DON’T try to do your own décor, DON’T try to do your own flowers, and be wary of anyone who offers to photograph for you for free. Everything else is pretty fair game. Experiment if you have a specialist in your group of loved ones. At the end of the day if you are married to the person you love; you have photos to prove it, and the ink is dried on that license then your wedding was a beautiful success.