Sunday, November 1, 2009

Average costs for an Australian wedding

I was reading some real-life wedding stories on Bride to Be this afternoon when i came across the wedding of Amanda and Shaun, who held their wedding on a budget of $15,000. At the bottom of the article, Bride to Be had a breakdown of the cost of the average Australian wedding, which i found really interesting. I've reproduced it below, but changed the Cost column from Amanda and Shaun's costs to ours - exact figures where already purchased and estimates where the item hasn't been purchased. I'd still like to get the total lower though.


Budget Box
.
.
.
Cost
National Average
Engagement ring
$1200
$4461
Pre-wedding parties
$0
$3741
Wedding bands
$600
$2069
Ceremony
$2861
$1526
Reception
$1960
$7614
Decorations
$0
$552
Cake
$0
$317
Flowers
$200
$780
Bride's dress
$402
$1940
Jewellery, Shoes and Accessories
$194
$480
Bride's hair and make-up
$100
$466
Bridesmaid's outfits
$40
$377
Groom's outfit
$100
$480
Groomsmen's outfit
$0 each
$313
Other bridal party and family outfits
$0
$1628
Bomboniere and gifts from couple
$1080
$474
Stationery
$300
$437
Photography
$5800
$1909
Videography
$0
$948
Music
$0
$599
Transport
$100
$537
Wedding night accomodation
$1320
$325
Honeymoon
$14080
$6106
Rehearsal dinner
$1120
.
Perth Celebration
$2192
.
.
.
.
TOTAL
$32,378
$39,114



From the Volume 139 - Feb-Apr 07

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