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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.

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