01 Mar 2010
My boyfriend and I are close to getting engaged, and when we do, we want to get married within 6 months. Which means we have to book a hall immediately after getting engaged. How much would it cost to have a deejay, wedding cake, invitations, hire a justice of the peace, etc. for a nice wedding? I know it totally varies and the average is around 25K, but I would like a breakdown of how much each thing costs, if possible. Also, we would have less than 100 people at our wedding.
I should say it would be in Westchester county, which is right outside of NYC. If that helps.
The average price for "food and drink" at a reception is $185 per person in the US . . and if you live in the West Chester County/NYC area you can count on that price and possibly higher.
The reception is ALWAYS fifty percent of your total wedding cost. And it does not make a difference if you are having a breakfast in a hotel or a catered dinner at a banquet hall or a barbecue at your Grandfather’s farm.
Invitations can range from $250 – $1000 (depending the style and paper quality)
DJ can range from $400 – $1000 (you get what you pay for)
Wedding cake can range from $4.00 – $10.00 per slice (if anyone tells you that they can bake you a wedding cake for $1 – $2 per slice RUN the other way)
Officiant can range from $300 to $800 (your going to have an easier time finding a nondenominational minister than a Justice of the Peace)
Professional photographer/Wedding album . . the price can range from $1000 – $5000
The average price for a bride’s bouquet is $185 and in the NYC area the average may be $250
Answered by: A Certified wedding specialist / A Professional bridal consultant / A Wedding ceremony officiant