How Much Does a Wedding Cost?
Simple answer: This is a broad question; it depends on what you are hosting. In the simplest form, many couples spend about $100 per person.
This question is quite complex as there are many elements to a wedding.
Let’s talk first about the cost per person. You may host a ceremony, which starts at a minimum of $500 flat rate. Doing the math if you have 25 guests, your price is then $20 per person. If you have 65 guests, then you are looking at $7.70 per person. Once you reach 72 guests the cost does not increase above $7 per person. (Side note for a ceremony of 150 people at $7 per person your total cost is $1050.)
- Following your ceremony, you may host a cocktail hour reception, while you take photos. Here you can spend anywhere from $10 - $25 per person hosting a few items or a larger spread of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and platters.
- Then the main event: dinner which can be between $52 and $75 per person (even more if you like).
- Following dinner, there are late-night snacks which are $7 - $9 per person for approximately 50% of your total guests.
- Then there are beverages. You may host wine at the tables which range from $6 - $10 per person for one glass. A hosted bar with average drink prices at $7 each I suggest budgeting a total of 4 drinks per person.
So you see, the cost completely depends on what you are choosing to host for your guests.
Now to tally it all up using averages. $7 ceremony + $17 reception + $64 dinner + $4 late night + $28 bar = $120 per person.
In the simplest form, many couples spend $100 per person before taxes and gratuities.
note: the above estimates are as of December 2021, and do not include taxes or gratuities.