Magnificent Moments Weddings

How Much Do Weddings Cost?

Yessica Grace captures a stunning sweetheart table with linens from Ribald Events

How Much Do Weddings Cost?

A question we get asked often from new clients and potential clients is how much do weddings cost? This question is really hard to answer because everyone has different priorities. It also depends on where you are in the location of the country. Today I’m going to answer a few of the most common questions for our area here in Charlotte and the surrounding areas, including Asheville.

First, weddings are very personal. Some people want film photography, which costs more money. Some people definitely have to have a videographer, which costs more money. Some people want to be in Uptown, which cost more money. Some people want to be outside the city but provide transportation for their guests, which costs more money. Weddings are a completely personal thing and what you spend your money on is up to you!  However, here are some trends that we have seen over four years of doing weddings in the Charlotte Asheville and surrounding areas.

Our average wedding is 150 people and costs $45,000. This equates to around $300 per person. Now, this depends on if you’re getting married in Uptown or the surrounding areas outside of Charlotte or having an open bar or just beer and wine, and your guest count. The most important thing when it comes to how much a wedding will cost is your guest count. The more guests you have, the more money you are going to spend on food and alcohol. Therefore, it is really important before you send out save the dates, to get your guest list down to exactly what you want it to be.  You cannot un-invite your guests after you send the Save the Date!

This average is just what we have seen in our business. This does not include the luxury wedding planning business or the do-it-yourself fully $10,000 spent on a wedding business. There are tips and tricks that we have learned of where to allocate the money that you do have allotted for your wedding budget. And we would be happy to talk to you about them especially in the planning process.  But ultimately the wedding costs are completely up to you!  You know what is important to you on the wedding day and what is not as important.  And once you write that down and really come to terms with it, you will be so much better off during your planning process.  And the guest count!  Always the guest count! 🙂

Happy planning!


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