How Much Does the Average Wedding Cost?

Creating a budget is probably the hardest thing you will do during your wedding planning and sticking with that budget can be even harder.  Being realistic with your numbers and more importantly your expectations of what that amount will get you is extremely important.

I found this information on and just had to share with you!  According to, on average couples are spending $28,427 for a wedding excluding a honeymoon. So many people have no idea that a wedding on average costs this amount so this can be a great tool for you to use when creating a budget (especially when other family is involved in helping to pay for the wedding).

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As I looked over these amounts I did see some areas that you could save some money. This looked like a wedding budget for approximately 200 guests.  Of course the more people you invite the more the wedding costs will be and a great way to save money is to narrow down the guest list.

If cutting your guest list is not an option for you try only using a DJ instead of a band.  This can save almost $3,000. Or have a friend video the ceremony or reception to save about $1600.

My biggest piece of advice when creating a budget is to ask yourself what are the three most important things to you in your wedding.  Once you have determined what those things are then create your budget with the focus on those three items and find ways to save in other areas.

At Glendalough Manor we offer a Cost Calculator tool that is helpful in determining a budget customized for you!  Try it and see if your budget is the same as the national average!

We would love to get your thoughts on the national average cost?  Do you think it is accurate?  Do you think it could be helpful to you in determining your own budget?

We want to know your thoughts!!