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Weddings can be one of the happiest days of a person's life, but the the average American wedding costs $31,2131, and there's a lot to think about. This interactive tool is designed to help ease the stress and build your budget for you.

Click through below and select the price range that you are willing to pay for each wedding feature (low, medium, or high). You will then be presented with the national average for each item, based on a typical American wedding of 150 guests, as well as what you can expect to receive for the price level selected. You will see your running total at the top as you go along. Happy planning!

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venue

low

$6,011

Typically includes: Ceremony and reception location, parking and valet, bridal suite, existing decor, bar staff, food wait staff.

medium

$7,742

Typically includes: Ceremony and reception location, parking and valet, bridal suite, existing decor, bar service, food service, event rentals for engagement parties/rehearsal dinner.

high

$9,095

Typically includes: Ceremony and reception location, parking and valet, bridal suite, existing decor, bar service, food service, event rentals and service for engagement parties/rehearsal dinner, limo service.

*Bold indicates additional items from previous tier.

catering2

low

$1,800

Typically includes: A more casual wedding meal, buffet style. $12 per person. No alcoholic beverages.

medium

$4,950

Typically includes: Buffet style meal, alcohol, bartenders. $33 per person.

high

$7,500

Typically includes: Full catering service − formal meal and wait staff − and alcohol. $50 per person.

wedding cake

low

$424

Typically includes: Basic tiered wedding cake with simple decoration.

medium

$636

Typically includes: Either a bigger or more ornate cake than the standard tiered cake.

high

$848

Typically includes: Designer wedding cake or cake prepared by popular or experienced professionals. More ornate decoration or different flavors per tier.

invitations

low

$232

Typically includes: Wedding invitations, save the date/reception cards, envelopes.

medium

$348

Typically includes: Wedding invitations, save the date/reception cards, envelopes, programs.

high

$638

Typically includes: Wedding invitations, save the date/reception cards, envelopes, programs, reception menus, table place cards, thank you cards.

attire

low

$1,419

Typically includes: Wedding dress (plus minor alterations), tuxedo or suit.

medium

$1,811

Typically includes: Wedding dress (plus minor alterations), tuxedo or suit, tiara/veil, shoes, jewelry, handbag, hair service, make-up service, manicure.

high

$7,811

Typically includes: Couture wedding dress, tuxedo or suit, tiara/veil, shoes, jewelry, handbag, hair service, make-up service, manicure.

flowers

low

$599

Typically includes: Bridal bouquet, and basic/existing event decorations such as aisle runners or ceremony arch/chuppah.

medium

$1,246

Typically includes: Bridal bouquet, basic event decorations, bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres/corsages, table centerpieces.

high

$1,880

Typically includes: Bridal bouquet, basic event decorations, bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres/corsages, table centerpieces, altar/chuppah flower arrangements, floral arches, aisle/pew flowers, flower girl flowers, flower petals.

photographer

low

$2,367

Typically includes: Engagement session, wedding photographer, digital CD/DVD.

medium

$3,041

Typically includes: Engagement session, wedding photographer, digital CD/DVD, wedding album/photo book, prints or enlargements.

high

$4,099

Typically includes: Engagement session, wedding photographer, digital CD/DVD, wedding album/photo book, prints or enlargements, wedding videographer, edited video/highlight video with soundtrack.

entertainment

low

$604

Typically includes: Musician/soloist, plus their equipment.

medium

$712

Typically includes: DJ, sound equipment.

high

$1,676

Typically includes: Live band, sound and lighting equipment.

jewelry

low

$4,564

Typically includes: Engagement ring (gold, ½-1 ct.), sizing and cleaning, wedding bands.

medium

$5,705

Typically includes: Engagement ring (gold, 1-2 ct.), sizing and cleaning, wedding bands.

high

$9,128

Typically includes: Designer engagement ring, sizing and cleaning, designer wedding bands.

gifts & favors

low

$613

Typically includes: Tips and wedding favors.

medium

$719

Typically includes: Tips, wedding favors, gifts for attendants.

high

$838

Typically includes: Tips, wedding favors, gifts for attendants, gifts for parents.

wedding planner

low

$2,998

Typically includes: Planning meetings, venue touring, day-of coordination.

medium

$3,748

Typically includes: Planning meetings, venue touring, day-of coordination, emergency meetings.

high

$5,247

Typically includes: Well-experienced professional wedding planner/consultant, planning meetings, venue touring, day-of coordination, emergency meetings.

honeymoon3

low

$4,250

Typically includes: Six to eight day trip abroad for two, including flights and hotel.

medium

$7,125

Typically includes: Seven to ten day trip abroad for two, including flights and hotel.

high

$10,000

Typically includes: Seven to ten day trip abroad for two, including flights and luxury hotel.

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