The National Average Cost of a Wedding Could Buy You a Solid Car

Weddings are getting a little out of hand - don't you think? Then again, it's the "one time" you can throw a party on the most important day of your life. Between the cake, the dress, the DJ, the photographer - that stuff can really add up...and how do you prioritize?!?

Well, take this budget as your starting point: $33,931. That's the national average cost for a wedding according to The Know 2018 Real Weddings Study. Here's the kicker: that doesn't include the honeymoon!

If you're curious about the specifics (or the article, click here):

  • Reception Venue: $15,439
  • Photographer: $2,679
  • Wedding/Event Planner: $2,002
  • Reception Band: $4,247
  • Reception DJ: $1,292
  • Florist/D├ęcor: $2,411
  • Videographer: $2,021
  • Wedding Dress: $1,631
  • Groom Attire: $283
  • Wedding Cake: $528
  • Ceremony Venue: $2,382
  • Ceremony Musicians: $797
  • Officiant: $286
  • Catering (price per person): $70
  • Transportation: $856
  • Favors: $245
  • Rehearsal Dinner: $1,297
  • Engagement Ring: $5,680
  • Invitations: $386
  • Hairstylist: $123
  • Makeup Artist: $102

To be honest, I'm not quite sure where people are finding photographers and videographers for that small price, but maybe more people are hiring their neighbor or their friend with a nice camera!

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