Se marier, ça coûte combien?February 7, 2017

How much does it cost to get married?

Above all, marriage is about love. However, it is not only about happiness, but also about money, as a wedding is often the most expensive event in the couple’s life. When one takes into account all the fees, bookings, decorations, and receptions, a wedding can quite easily cost several thousand dollars. Fortunately, there are many ways to make a wedding simple but memorable, no matter how big your budget may be. Here is an overview of the possibilities.

A wedding for any budget

The average cost of a wedding as estimated at $17,060 for a ceremony involving about 100 people (the overall Canadian average is higher at $20,000). This figure does not include the cost of the honeymoon. Beware: many companies try to sell you a particular wedding concept and make you pay for things you don’t need.

A good first step is to decide on your budget. Give your maximum budget to the seller before listening to a sales pitch. Some sellers may not like the budget you’ve set, but do not let that affect you – after all, you are the one paying.

Correctly estimate your budget

According to a 2015 survey done by Weddingbells and Mariage Quebec, on average, people paid:

  • $1,000 for invitations, thank-you cards, and menus
  • $60-$100 per person for the rooms and meals
  • $600 for the cake
  • $1700 for a purchased and $250-$750 for a rented wedding dress
  • $700 for a purchased and $300-$400 for a rented groom suit
  • $350 for hairdressing, manicure, and makeup
  • $100 for the bouquet
  • Around $2,000 for the rings
  • $265 for a civil ceremony and $300 for a church ceremony
  • Around $1,250 for entertainment and music
  • $2,000-$6,000 for a professional photographer

Why would a wedding cost that much?

It’s good to question why a wedding would cost so much. A few answers exist. First, a wedding is an event that usually occurs once in a lifetime, which raises the demands on the part of the bride and groom for more work to be done by the florists, photographers, caterers, waiters, etc. The fees reflect this.

In addition, the fact that people have incomplete information plays a role. Everyone has a rough idea about the cost of some things, such as food, clothing, public services, and so on. You only know that paying $20 for broccoli is unreasonable because you have bought it in the past and can thus compare prices.

When it comes to a wedding, however, one would not have had the experience in regards to spending on this kind of event. That makes the cost difficult to estimate, which leads to paying too much without even realizing it.

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