As you plan the most amazing day in your life, you are no doubt asking yourself what you are getting yourselves into.  Right? Well as you decide what to add and what to leave out as you perfect your wedding day you have to make decisions such as where to have your wedding and who to invite.  The location and the amount of guests invited will directly influence to actual bottom line cost of what you spend for your wedding. With this is mind, let’s see what these big events run on average…

 

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Fallbrook, San Diego County | Southern California

 

Average Cost of a Wedding in the United States

You ask, “What is the cost of an average wedding?”The average wedding cost in the United States is $25,576. Couples, on average, spend between $19,182 and $31,970 but, most couples spend less than $10,000. This does not include cost for a honeymoon. The Knot released its annual report on wedding trends, and the average cost for 2016 comes to … drum roll please … $35,329. This is an 8 percent increase from the 2015 average of $32,641. That’s a national average, with a lot of variation across the country. http://fortune.com/2017/02/03/wedding-cost-spending-usa-average/

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Dove Canyon/Coto de Caza, Orange County

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Downtown Los Angeles

How much did an average wedding cost in 2017?

According to: https://www.costofwedding.com, The average wedding cost in the United States is $26,720. Couples, on average, spend between $20,040 and $33,400 but, most couples spend less than $10,000. This does not include cost for a honeymoon. Understanding wedding cost now can help you with your wedding budget later.

Saving Money

Many couples have been adding to the trend of getting married on off-peak days, like a Wednesday or Thursday for example, to trim money from the bottom line. But generally spending on the weddings across the U.S. has hit record-breaking levels. Couples tastes and values are changing and have been spending less in different categories. Couples may choose to spend less on some standard items but more on say; photos and videos. But it’s so subjective since many items are simply synonymous with a wedding.  The argument can be made that you cannot live without pro-documentation since you cannot “re-do” the day, you want quality photos and videos! Videographers are better than ever as well, since the digital-age just keeps progressing and storytelling talent keeps getting better, videographers are offering a product that can easily be called a “cinematic experience.”

Do We Need a Wedding Planner or Coordinator?

Typically a basic a wedding planner or coordinator service offers a, “Day-of” service package which includes a set number of hours, and every hour beyond that typically costs an additional $75 or more. According to Costhelper, expect to pay around $1,500 to hire a professional, well-experienced day-of wedding planner, while a full-service planner ranges from $5,000 to more than $10,000, depending on experience and demand.