How to Plan a Wedding Budget

Wedding Budget
How to Plan a Wedding Budget

Summary

 – What wedding budget should I plan?

 – Example of a budget for a wedding of 100 guests

 – Request a wedding quote

 – Solutions for your budget

Organizing a wedding requires a lot of time and especially a lot of money. Wedding preparations are expensive: ceremony, dress, reception and entertainment… So what is the budget for a wedding?

What is the budget for a wedding?

The average wedding budget in Canada is approximately 13,000. However, the amount is different depending on :

 – the standard of living of each person ;

 – the region or country where the wedding will take place

 – the number of guests.

To reduce the wedding budget, you can do some things yourself. Expenses can also be shared between the parents and the bride and groom or divided on a case-by-case basis.

As a general rule, you should know that you will exceed your budget by at least 15%. So get your calculators and think about getting estimates!

Example of a budget for a wedding of 100 guests

The prices below are practiced by professionals and are an indication for a wedding with 100 guests.

Wedding budget for 100 people

Price ($)

Wedding preparation

Announcements (including envelopes and stamps)

250 to 600

Wedding rings

200 to 1 000

Photographer

800 to 1 200 

Film

700 to 1 200 

Car rental

300 to 1 000 

Wedding Outfit

For her

Wedding outfit

150 to 2,500 (average 500)

Accessories (necklace, bag, shoes, clutch, lingerie)

1 000 

Hairstyle

100 + 100 to 600 for additions or extensions

Make-up (facial, manicure, make-up)

100 to 250

For him

Wedding suit for men

400 to 700

Hat

80 to 250

Shoes

100 to 300

Vest

100 to 200

Reception hall

Room rental

Rustic style (entire domain)

2 000 to 3 000

Prestigious or unusual location (palace lounge, stadium)

5 000  to 20 000

Party room

400  to 1 500

Wedding restaurant

5 000  to 15 000

Wedding castle

3,000 to 5,000 or even 7,000

Wedding tent

Rental (100 people)

1 500

Floor

1 000

Set-up fee

200 to 500

The meal

Caterer

6 000 to 13 000

Wedding cake or other cakes

400 to 1 000

Menu

For a table meal

4 000 to 13 000

For a buffet

2 000 to 8 000

Menu printing

100 to 200 (1 to 2 each)

Decoration

Decoration of the room, the tables, the car

1,000 to 1,500 or even 2,500

Flowers

Bride’s bouquet

50 to 150

Other arrangements

500 to 1 500

Animation

Music

DJ or band

400 to 500

Entertainment package (music and games)

500 to 1 500

Mega show, concert, live performance

1 500  to 6 000

Childcare (baby-sitter, animator)

200  to 350

Gifts

Gift for guests

250 to 500

Dragees

15 to 30  per kg

After the wedding

Guest book

15 to 50

Thank you (including envelopes and stamps)

100 to 250

Honeymoon trip per person

Canada and surrounding countries

1 000 to 2 500

Far away countries

2 500 to 7 000

Paper photo album

30 to 70

Wedding organized abroad depending on the destination

10 000 to 40 000

Average total cost

15,000 to 40,000 approximately, including the honeymoon.

Ask for wedding quotes

Wedding Budget

The best way to estimate your wedding budget is to ask for quotes from wedding professionals. Don’t hesitate to ask for several quotes from different service providers to compare prices and services.

To get a coherent wedding quote, try to specify as much as possible your wishes and expectations. The more precise you are, the more the quotes you receive will correspond to your needs.

Be as attentive as possible to the content of the estimate given by the different wedding professionals. Do not focus only on the price, but consider the services offered. The lowest quote is not necessarily the most interesting! If you do not understand certain elements, do not hesitate to ask for explanations.

Services and products can vary significantly from one company to another, and the most attractive prices are usually only offered for essential services and products. The cost of additional options can then be high.

Once you have selected one or more quotes, don’t hesitate to ask about the providers. You can even contact them by phone or make an appointment to meet them.

Solutions for your budget

Think about the budget of your wedding to:

– Get your wedding sponsored to reduce the cost of your wedding.

– Ask for a credit for your wedding to alleviate the high expenses that burden your budget.

– Call upon a wedding planner, but this one also has a cost.

In any case, the wedding fair, which gathers many professionals specialized in this field, will be to your listening and will be able to help you to organize your wedding.