Anyone who has walked down the aisle knows the cost of a wedding is crazy high. You just mention you want a cake for a ‘wedding’ and they triple the price. And don’t even get me started on the flowers. HOW is it possible something that grows in the garden can cost so much?
And then there’s all the cute and kitsch things that people do these days for their weddings, like cocktail or donut vans, photo booths, cutesy couple signs, personalised napkins and well, personalised everything.
I’ll admit I am guilty of this. For someone that always wanted to elope, I sure managed to make Etsy my best mate super quickly and throw more than my fair share of personalised touches into the day. I wanted our wedding to be special, different. Don’t judge.
It seems I’m not the only one who wants to try and give guests a wedding they feel like they haven’t been to before, and the result of this is a sky-high cost.
Now, if you’re engaged or thinking about tying the knot, I don’t want to put any pressure on you, but…according to wedding website, The Knot, the average price of a wedding these days is a whopping $46,ooo. Wowsers. Their survey results show that most of this hefty cost is due to entertainment for the guests – these things add up people!
the average price of a wedding these days is a whopping $46,ooo.
“Couples are personalising their weddings in a way that we haven’t seen before, and that’s a trend that has been up-and-coming for the last five or ten years,” tells The Knot Editor Stephanie Caine.
“It’s not cookie cutter anymore. Couples aren’t just going to the banquet hall down the street and asking for a basic package. They really want to put their own personal stamp on every aspect of their wedding.”
Since 2009, “custom guest entertainment” at weddings has more than tripled. This is pretty interesting considering that the average number of attendees has actually dropped. The bride and groom are wanting to give their guests an ‘individual expereince’.
There’s no way I would expect this to be the average when it comes to weddings; I would think this figure would be accurate for those couples splashing out on their special day, but not the norm. It’s not hard to see how the figure can creep up though, but my question is what happens when the cool vans and photo booths have been done to death? What’s next? Fireworks and a performance by Beyonce? Actually, that sounds pretty cool for renewing my vows…
Are the prices of weddings getting out of control?