Wedding Budget

Oh the budget.

What started out as a small intimate affair has suddenly become bigger than Ben Hur and you don’t know how you are going to pay for it.

What do weddings cost anyway?

It’s not like you’ve done this heaps of times before.

It is difficult to say what an average wedding costs these days and the cost of an average wedding really has little bearing on what you will spend. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, the average spend on an Australian wedding is about $40,000. However, weddings like Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer in 2015 can impact on the average.

The cost of your wedding will be greatly impacted by where the wedding is being held, the style of your wedding and the number of guests you have. Naturally, a casual backyard wedding with your closest family and friends will be much cheaper than a wedding for 500 at one of Sydney’s Premier wedding venues.

If you want to spend $1,000,000 or $1000 on your wedding it is up to you. Also, one area of your wedding may be more important to you than to someone else so how you allocate your money will also be different.

Below is an outline of the different expenses that you need to consider along with an example of how you could create and customize your own budget research file to fill-in as you get quotes from different vendors and have to decide between one option and another.



Wedding Cake




Clothes and accessories

  • Wedding Gown
  • Veil
  • Shoes
  • Jew Ellery
  • Bridesmaids
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Flowergirl
  • Groom’s Suit
  • Groomsmen’s Suits
  • Page Boy

Photography & Videography


Flowers and decorations.

  • Bouquets
  • Buttonholes and corsages
  • Venue decorations


  • Celebrant
  • Venue

Car Hire






And it’s always a good idea to have 5% allocated to surprise or miscellaneous expenses.


Just think about what you would like to know about each wedding vendor and adjust your spreadsheet. Ask questions so that you can easily make comparisons.

Bridesmaid dresses
Shop A Style X Delivery time $xxx
Shop B Style Y Delivery time $xxx
Shop C Style Z Delivery time $xxx
Other Notes
Venue A Number courses Deposit/date req $xxx per head
Venue B Number courses Deposit/date req $xxx per head
Venue C Number courses Deposit/date req $xxx per head
Other Notes

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