Wed­ding costs: What cou­ples can ex­pect

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Newly en­gaged cou­ples may ex­pe­ri­ence an ar­ray of emo­tions when they sit down to plan their wed­dings. Some cou­ples can­not wait to jump into plan­ning and want to cat­a­log every as­pect of the process, while oth­ers may pro­ceed with cau­tion be­cause they don’t know what to ex­pect — par­tic­u­larly in re­gard to cost.

Many cou­ples find it dif­fi­cult to cre­ate their wed­ding bud­gets be­cause they have no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence to draw on. The wed­ding plan­ning ad­vi­sor CostofWed­ding.com in­di­cates the av­er­age wed­ding cost in the United States is $26,720, with most peo­ple spend­ing be­tween $20,000 and $34,000. Sev­enth Heaven Event Cater­ing states that, in Canada, the av­er­age wed­ding costs around $30,000.

• Re­cep­tion site: Ac­cord­ing to The Knot, a pre­miere wed­ding plan­ning re­source, cou­ples can ex­pect their re­cep­tions to eat up the largest chunk of their wed­ding bud­gets. Wed­ding re­cep­tion venues may cost be­tween $10,000 and $15,000. Av­er­age price for cater­ing per per­son is roughly $70. Bar ser­vice may be around $2,000 for a threeto four-hour party. Some re­cep­tion sites com­bine room cost with food and bev­er­age costs or à la carte fees.

• Cake: Wed­ding cakes tend to be mul­ti­tiered in­tri­cate de­signs, so they will cost more than birth­day cakes. Ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics Brain, wed­ding dessert will come in around $390.

• Mu­sic: The Knot says wed­ding bands cost around $3,500, which is more than twice as much as hir­ing a dee­jay ($1,200). Soloists or cer­e­mony mu­si­cians may cost around $650.

• Trans­porta­tion: Lim­ou­sines and other trans­porta­tion prices vary depend­ing on the ve­hi­cle(s) cou­ples choose. The Knot notes that bud­get­ing be­tween $400 and $500 for trans­porta­tion might be wise.

• Wed­ding gown: Brides-to-be should ex­pect their gowns to cost around $1,100 and the veil or head­piece to be roughly $120, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­a­tion of Bridal Con­sul­tants.

• Pho­tog­ra­phy and Video: Pre­serv­ing wed­ding day mem­o­ries costs around $2,800 for video and pho­tog­ra­phy ser­vices, based on data from Statis­tics Brain.

The smaller de­tails, such as ac­ces­sories, gifts, of­fi­ciant fees, sta­tionery, spa ser­vices, and fa­vors can quickly add up as well. Cou­ples should be sure to leave some wig­gle room in their bud­gets for in­ci­den­tal ex­penses that may pop up.

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