Wedding CostWedding cost is one of the key factors to consider when planning a wedding. And with the average wedding costing over $20,000, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. But with a little thought and planning, the cost of your wedding can be kept under control and you can still have the wedding of your dreams.

Your wedding cost will completely depend on how much you actually have to spend. In other words, it will depend upon your budget. If you are just starting to plan your wedding, then you have undoubtedly heard that term a couple dozen times already. It might even make you cringe. But, no matter what size ceremony and reception you are thinking of having, your budget is crucial to helping you plan your special day and keeping your costs under control.

There are numerous things to take into consideration when working out your budget. The first thing to consider is who is actually financing your wedding. Is it you and your partner or are other family members chipping in? Once this is established and you have an idea of what you have to spend, you can begin to create your budget.

Using a spreadsheet or even just a piece of paper estimate costs for each aspect of your wedding (both the ceremony and reception). Add them all up to see your total wedding cost. If your total cost is higher than expected you will need to decide if you can afford it and where you might reduce your expenses.

Make sure you don’t leave anything off your budget. You have a lot of different things to consider so make sure your lists are comprehensive. Using a checklist like the free checklist at Wedding Day Delights can help you fill in a lot of the details.

You need to consider everything including the cost of your dress, flowers, ribbons, candles, invitations, place cards, programs, thank you notes, favors, music for the ceremony, renting the venue, your marrying official’s time…the list goes on.

Think about the groom’s tux, cuff links, shoes, your veil, bouquets, any hair pieces, and whether or not you and your bridal party will be having your hair and makeup done professionally.

Are you having guests in from other cities or states? Think about transportation needs to and from airports or between the ceremony and reception. A limousine service for your bridal party will bump up your wedding cost, especially if you add pre-reception Champaign toasts.

The reception is usually where the wedding costs really start to add up. You need to consider venue, food, alcohol, flowers, centrepieces, decorations and music, such as a DJ or band. Sometimes you can find a wedding package deal that includes use of the space for a set number of hours as well as the food. It may also include the decorations, music and other elements of your day. When looking around for venues, be sure to ask about the different options each one offers.

Catering will be the most expensive part of your reception, but spending a little more money on food and a little less on flowers may suit you. Your guests will remember what they ate more than what flowers were on the cake.

You will also need to decide if you are you going to have a professional photographer and/or videographer. They do come at a significant cost, but your memories are priceless. Consider this decision very carefully. You don’t want to regret your choice later.

Don’t forget to include price of your rings in your budget. They can be amongst the highest-priced single items you will need for your wedding but are the longest lasting. After all, the flowers are gone after a day but you are planning to you’re your rings for the rest of your lives.

With all these details to keep track of, setting a budget not only helps you keep your wedding cost in check but it also helps you stay organised and plan your wedding with ease.

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I recently read that the average cost of a modern wedding is $25000-$30000. How many feel that this is rather high or is this number rather low? How many brides are planning to spend this much or more?

Are couples trying to find ways to reduce that amount or how many do not care what they spend?

that is rediculous … I would rather have a courthouse wedding and use that money to put a down payment on a house.

I am looking for an idea as to how much planning and having a wedding would cost. If anyone also might have any website ideas on how to go about starting to plan a wedding that would also be very helpful.

Thanks so much

We spent about $7000 for 100 guests. It was at a country club, evening dinner (buffet style), fully hosted bar, professional DJ, pianist for the ceremony. You can save a lot if you do a lot yourself, or enlist the help of people you know.

I did my own flowers and centerpieces, made my own invitations (from a kit), got a GREAT deal on a dress, negotiated photography and cake fees, etc.

It can be done! Looking back, the entertainment/DJ was the best money spent. He kept the crowd going while we were detained for photographs and socializing. He played a variety of music for EVERYone, and worked in some of our requested faves, too. He did trivia about the bride & groom while people were in the buffet line. We had to kick people out at midnight.

Also – if you’re serving a meal, you can get away with a smaller cake. We had 3 times as much cake as we needed because everyone was full from dinner. We also made the bottom layer the "grooms" layer – it was chocolate, while the other layers were bavarian creme something…

I am looking for an idea as to how much planning and having a wedding would cost. If anyone also might have any website ideas on how to go about starting to plan a wedding that would also be very helpful.

Thanks so much

We spent about $7000 for 100 guests. It was at a country club, evening dinner (buffet style), fully hosted bar, professional DJ, pianist for the ceremony. You can save a lot if you do a lot yourself, or enlist the help of people you know.

I did my own flowers and centerpieces, made my own invitations (from a kit), got a GREAT deal on a dress, negotiated photography and cake fees, etc.

It can be done! Looking back, the entertainment/DJ was the best money spent. He kept the crowd going while we were detained for photographs and socializing. He played a variety of music for EVERYone, and worked in some of our requested faves, too. He did trivia about the bride & groom while people were in the buffet line. We had to kick people out at midnight.

Also – if you’re serving a meal, you can get away with a smaller cake. We had 3 times as much cake as we needed because everyone was full from dinner. We also made the bottom layer the "grooms" layer – it was chocolate, while the other layers were bavarian creme something…

If you go to this website, you can put in your zip code and see.

I put in my fiance’s, and the average was $45,500!!!!

We’re having our wedding in his city, and we’re well under $7000

Curious as to how it’s like around the U.S., and do you plan to go under or over that?

http://www.costofwedding.com

$24,000 here. However, I think it’s absolutely outrageous to spend that amount of money on a wedding. My fiancee and I are spending no more than $4,000 or so and it will still be beautiful and something our guests will always remember. I would feel guilty spending that amount of money on a wedding. You’re celebrating your love and life together, that’s all that should matter.

What’s the most reasonable price you think there is?

An "average" photographer may charge 500-1000
A good one will charge from 2000 – name a price.

I’m not talking about something cheap and standard, but a nice and pretty dress that doesn’t cost a million dollars. What is the average price of a nice wedding dress?

Depends on your definition of "nice."

Some brides are happy with gowns from Target or JC Penney. Some brides find gowns at the David’s $99 sale. Still others borrow a gown from a relative or friend.

Prices can go from zero (the borrowed gowns) on up to designer gowns costing thousands.

So it all depends on your definition of "nice."

I found this site interesting.

http://www.costofwedding.com/

Put in your zip code. It will give you the average cost of weddings in your area.

Use Average amount for picture purchaces also. Ii know that is relevant.

It depends on the package you buy. There is a lot of variance. I don’t know if they are still in business, but 3 years ago we got a great price and excellent work from a video company Hill Productions 727-481-4966. They were hundreds less than others and did a wonderful video.

I want to get married in Lake Arrowhead, CA. There’s a place I have in mind. It’s all-inclusive, and it’s going to be less than $11k for the whole wedding.

Does anyone know the average cost of a wedding in Southern California?
I’m sorry, I meant the wedding itself, not the dress and accessories. This place includes the following:

Wedding Coordinator
Photographer
food and beverages
minister
DJ-music for both ceremony and reception
One wedding night’s stay for bride and groom
Flowers for wedding party, mothers and fathers too
flowers for centerpieces and on gazebo and cake tables, etc.
cake
champange toast

I’m not sure if I missed anything… Oh and for 100 people.

My wedding (just last year) cost $15,000 for 150 people. This included everything but the honeymoon. For just the items you listed, I spent about $13,500. If you’re only spending $11,000 for an all-inclusive package, then you got a pretty good deal. Plus it’s nice that you don’t have to shop for different vendors (photographer, DJ, etc). Good luck and best wishes.

How much would a wedding cost with all the luxury trimmings
and how much do they cost on a budget?
i just mean like what price region do people spend?

If you want to keep the price down, there are so many things that you and your friends can do to create a luxury wedding at a very low cost. Creativity is the key.

Buy a beautiful ballgown instead of a wedding dress. They are identical, in many cases, except the dresses labeled "bridal" are twice as much (at least!! : o) Buy or rent tall thin glass vases and mound only baby’s breath in them. It is simple, chic, stunning, and very inexpensive. Decorate your cake with a tumbling cascade of real flowers vs. fancy icing for much less $$. Print off your own place cards in a fancy type face using your computer. There are tons of ways to save money!! ; )

btw, I have attended very expensive weddings that were tacky and boring and very inexpensive weddings that were luxurious and trendy.