What Wedding Budget Should I Plan?

 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 about 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

Wedding Budget

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

Wedding budget for 100 guests

Price in $

Wedding preparations

Announcements (including envelopes and stamps)

250 to 600 

Wedding rings

200 to 1 000 


800 to 1 200 


700 to 1 200 

Car rental

300 to 1 000 

Wedding outfit

For her

Wedding dress

150 to 2 500 (average 500)

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

1 000 


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 


80 to 250 


100 to 300 


100 to 200 

reception room

Room rental

Rustic style (entire domain)

2 000 to 3 000 

Prestigious or unusual location (palace lounge, soccer stadium)

5 000  to 20 000 

Party room

400  to 1 500 

Wedding restaurant

5 000  to 15 000 

Wedding castle

3 000  to 7 000 

Wedding tent

Rental (100 people)

1 500 


1 000 

Set up costs

200 to 500 

The meal


6 000 to 13 000 

Piece of cake or other cakes

400 to 1 000 


For a meal at the table

4 000 to 13 000 

For a buffet

2 000 to 8 000 

Printing of menus

100 to 200 ($1 to $2 per unit)


Decoration of the room, the tables, the car

1 000 to 2 500 


Bouquet of the bride

50 to 150 

Other compositions

500 to 1 500 



DJ or band

400 to 500 

Animation package (music and games)

500 to 1 500 

Mega show, concert, show

1 500  to 6 000 

Childcare (organization specialized in baby-sitter, animator)

200  to 350 


Gifts for guests

250 to 500 


15 to 30 per kg

After the wedding

Guest book

15 et 50 

Thank you (envelopes and stamps included)

100 to 250 

Honeymoon trip per person

Neighboring countries

1 000 to 2 500 

Far away countries

2 500 to 7 000 

Paper photo album

30 to 70 

Weddings organized abroad by 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 estimate, 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 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 your wedding budget:

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

– Ask for a credit for your wedding to compensate for the high expenses that can affect your budget.

– Use 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 at your disposal and will be able to help you to organize your wedding.

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