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I found a very interesting site: http://www.weddingstats.org/average-cost-of-a-wedding.html that talks about the average cost of a wedding. Let me break it down for you:
Average Cost of a 2013 Wedding: $28,110 (not including the honeymoon)
–50% spent more, 50% spent less
–Half of all couples will go over budget
–About 2.6 million weddings happen every year
–Couples in Manhattan (New York City) has the highest average budget: $70,730
–Couples in Utah have the lowest average budget: $13,214
Average Venue Cost: $1,993
–It is not uncommon for places to be $5-10,000, while others are a few hundred. Therefore, this is a rough estimate.
–Some venues require you to use their “preferred vendors” due to contracts with them.
–Do not assume parking is an included cost.
–Make sure you know exactly what is included in your venue cost (requesting an itemized list of fees is definitely helpful)
Average Photographer Cost: $2,324
–Ultimate Photography’s basic packages range from $1,800-$4,000
–Photography usually makes up 8-10% of a typical budget
–Personally, my future wedding’s photography budget will likely be a much higher percentage (for obvious reasons)
Average Wedding Dress Cost: $1,189
–Consider a style that fits and flatters your unique physique.
–Your hair should always complement your dress. Select your gown first and THEN decide your hairstyle
Average DJ Cost: $782
–Providing DJ entertainment for a wedding reception is more than just playing music for a crowd. DJ’s can also serve as MC that have a significant impact or influence over the atmosphere, flow, and overall appeal of a wedding reception.
–Most DJs offer per-hour rate, usually including standard sound equipment, microphone, and extensive music library. Lighting equipment usually costs extra.
–You can usually get 16-17 songs per hour.
Average Wedding Band Cost: $3,109
–You should definitely try to see a band live or listen to a demo before booking!
–This is usually booked 6-8 months in advance