Average Costs for a Wedding in 2017

Take a seat, and get your pen and notepad ready! Today we’re talking money. Budgeting is super important when planning a wedding – but where do you even begin? After doing some research, we found out that the average wedding cost is about $35,000 in the United States.

But of course, the cost varies depending on your location! A wedding in New York may cost you around $60,000 while having one in Montana is about $20,000. So where does all this money go?

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Most of your budget will probably go to the location of your wedding. On average, the venue will be about ⅓ of your total budget. So let’s say that you’ve allotted $30,000 for your wedding day – about $10,000 will be the cost of your venue.


Now, this is including the engagement ring, but jewelry is typically the next big thing. Wedding day bling averages to about $5,000!


Documenting your special day is special, and you want to find a photographer you love and trust! The average cost for a wedding photographer is about $3000.

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Flora in Dusty Rose | Lieb Photography


It’s infamous that wedding dresses cost a lot of money. Especially if you love watching wedding shows like us, wedding dresses are usually in the thousands! But nowadays, you can find really amazing bridal styles for more affordable prices!


Flowers are one of those things that are small, but makes a huge difference. You may not even notice the amount of flowers that goes into a wedding! There are your bouquets and center pieces, perhaps even a floral arch for your ceremony. And any other floral decor you want on your wedding day, adds up to be about $2,000 on average.

Of course, you’ll also need to factor in the invitations, catering, officiant, hair & make up…the list seems eternal. But one important thing to keep in mind is that it doesn’t matter how much you spend, but how you spend it! There are so many options like fun DIY projects, or using smaller vendors that may charge less than your traditional vendor. Planning your wedding should be fun, so don’t stress out too much! Plan out your budget, do your research, and just enjoy your engagement. Happy planning!

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