Now that we have everything put together, you may not realize, how much it costs all together! So lets break it down. Now I have done the research and onf the best, I have put together a few details based on the average cost in the Riverside, and San Bernardino, Redlands, Corona, and Rancho Cucamonga. Now these are just average Costs, and of course would change depending on the circumstances. I have looked at several sites, a http://www.costofwedding.com
Average Wedding cost in the USA is $26,444 But to be more localized, here are some of the averages in the Cities above. at WWW.costofwedding.com breaks it down by all the numbers, They average everything out by the number of guests and of course the numbers will change depending on guest size and such. So im going to break it down by city. San Bernardino is $21,490, Riverside is $26,221. Corona is $30,873, Redlands is $35,228 and topping out the list is Rancho Cucamonga is $37,125. All these cities round out the inland empire areas and when averaged together your looking at an area average of $30,187. Whats also awesome is that they do break it down by the different aspects of the wedding, so you will have an idea of what the costs are. Now since Corona is the closest to the average, instead of boring you with all the math, and with each city. I will just showcase the Corona Ca. Numbers.
The First section I looked at, which for me is the most important is Venue/Catering/Rentals. Now they really do a great job at breaking down some of the costs that are included in that category. They break it down into 11 different sub categories. Ceremony Officiator, Event accessories, Bar services, Food services, Location, Rentals, Hotel, Limo, other transportation, Rehearsal dinner, and Cake or deserts. On average, and in total, your looking at a total average of $13,639. I know that number sounds big, but it may not be as big as you think once you start breaking everything down, and of course, some things may not apply so that would for sure cut the cost. You can also cut this cost down by picking a venue that includes everything for a better price, these numbers are for 100-200 people so lower the count and you can lower the price, as well as some aspects may not apply, Such as Hotel, if you live close by, or Transportations (limo and other). Just those 3 items, if your not paying for them, cuts your price by about $2700.
The 2nd section I looked at is of course near and dear to my heart, Photography and Video. They showcase an Average Cost of $3326. They also break this down into sub Categories, which include Photographer, Videographer, Album, Prints, Engagement session, and Digital image. Now of course you want to also consider that you may not be spending money on Prints if the photographer offers Digital images or vise versa. As well as, some couples may opt for either not having video coverage or do an Engagement session. They do also showcase a difference in price for the average cost vs what you would pay for a "Well Experienced Professional". For Photography for example, They showcase the average cost is $1508-$2,514 vs a Well Experienced Professional costs $3,017-$4,022. Which means my costs are really low, or Im Average, which you can check me out my work at www.stweddings.com (shamless plug!)
the 3rd section I would typically showcase is Entertainment. Now this covers 3 different types, DJ/MC, Live Bands, and Musician/Soloist/Ensemble. The Average cost of all the is about $1549. But again, some people are not interested in a live band, and just have a DJ/MC, Some people may need or want a Musician/soloist/ensemble for playing or singing at their church, or some may need all 3. It really just depends on what your interested in. We have been at some weddings where they had a singer at the church, then 2 different bands and a DJ/MC at the reception. So it really just depending on what you want and need.
The 4th section would be planner/consultant. Now this is kinda a tricky one. Because it really all depends on weather or not your venue supplies one. They do showcase an Average cost of $1,975. But again, if your venue provides one, this cost does not apply. Either way, I strongly suggest Hiring one to ensure there is no stress both leading up to the day, as well as the day of.
The Fifth section is Flowers and Decorations with an average cost of $1,905. Now they also go into sub catigories which include, Boutonnieres/corsages, Bouquets, Decorations, Arrangements, Table centerpieces, Flower girl flowers/Petals. This price does depend on what your looking for, the types of flowers you want, as well as if your wanting real or fake flowers (Always go real, Always go real).
As I mentioned, there are several other sections they go over, But me being me, I will lump in the rest together, LOL. Attire & Accessories run $1887, Hair and makeup runs $149, Gifts and favors runs $798, Jewelry (they include engagement rings too) $4647, and Invitations run $998. Of course all these numbers will change depending on what you find you like. For example a Brides Dress could be $300 or $3000 depending on the dress, Renting a Tux, vs Buying one. etc.
Now a few other things to keep in mind is that these numbers you dont have to pay all at once and right away. Most Vendors require 30%-50% down at the time of booking, you can make payments at any time, but most Professional Venders require full payment anywhere from 2-4 weeks prior to the wedding or event. Now some might say, Why pay in full before the job or work is done. Well, we do that with everything. If you walk into a store, you cant leave without paying in full for it. Some might say well thats for a product. Well yes, but if you order anything online, you have to pay in full for it before they mail it to you right? Some will say, yes, but we are talking about a service. Ok, so think about it this way, if you pay college tuition, you have to pay for it before you officially get into the class right? Yes, there are student loans, but they are just that, Its a bank of sorts that is paying it for you, and you pay them back. Either way, your paying in full prior to getting services.
These prices also do not include tip! Yes, thats right, a tip. All your vendors, Catering, photographer, DJ, Baker, Video, Photo booth, etc. they are all doing a service. Yes, they get paid to do there job, but if they do a great job or go above and beyond, They should get a tip. If you look at Servers (which is in fact short for Service Workers), a Normal tip would be 10%, vs a really good Tip would be 20%. So lets look at that in real numbers. If your DJ costs $1000, then a normal tip would be $100, vs a Great tip would be $200. For Photography, If your Photographer is charging you $4000. Then yes, a Normal Tip would be $400, and a great tip would be $800. So yes, you should budget this in as well. If the average wedding is at a cost of $30,000, and you want to budget in tips..... 20% of that is $6000 in total for tips. And When you do tip, Make sure you tip each individual. I say this because If servers do not, what they call, "Tip out" (Tipping out means that say the Banquet Captain would get the tip, but if the restruante does not require them to share the tips with the other servers/Bartender/Bus Boys/Hostes/etc. They they will keep it all and hand out nothing to the others.
Last and Final budgeting tip! Add 10% to your overall budget for just in case purposes. Here is an example........ If your Event is 100% outside, ceremony and reception, and your venue does not have an inside location, what happens if it Rains?????? DJ/Photography equipment dont work well in water. Last min. you may need to come up with the money for Tents/Tarps/easy ups. If you dont have the money, you run the risk of a rained out wedding. You just paid $30,000 for a wedding that got Rained out. Or Say everything gets set up and then you realize you dont have enough food, because more people showed up then what was expected, or Your Bar Tab is up because everyone drank so much in the first 2 hours, and you have nothing to serve. So many things can come up, you want to make sure you have some extra money to take care of it. And if you dont need it, Then cool! You have either money money for Tips, or More money for Honeymoon!.