Average Wedding Costing Up to $28,000

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"Actually it's more about the guest than it is about the bride I feel like these days because you just want everything to turn out great so that they have a good time."

Have you planned a wedding or plan on getting married?

We'll you might have to reach deep into your wallet, you may be surprised just how much the average wedding is costing couples.

In Cinderella they never show you the part where happily ever after will cost big bucks, of course that is if you plan on having a wedding.

So what contributes to the rising cost.

"Actually it's more about the guest than it is about the bride I feel like these days because you just want everything to turn out great so that they have a good time," says Lauren Martin, who is planning her wedding.

And that may be the mindset contributing to the rising costs of tying the knot, according to a new ABC poll the average wedding cost $28,427, and Bowling Green bride, Lauren, whose getting married in August is finding out just how much goes into planning the big day.

"I'm not really a details person so I didn't know all of this stuff was going to end up being so expensive. One of the first things I did was buy my dress and I really didn't splurge on that but I did splurge on my photographer," says Martin.

Details such as the cake.

"This is a Dottie's cake and her cake's are usually $3.25 and some are more for the fancier decorations but usually they are around $3.25 a serving." says Mary Pheonix-McCubbin, A'La Occasions.

And of course the flowers, with the average bridesmaid bouquet costing $65.

"A lot of the brides come in wanting that tight, full bouquet and that runs the price up and of course to keep it down simplicity. You can do elegance and simplicity with two of three flowers and of course glassware and candles," says Tom Price, Floral Designer.

Lauren enlisted the help of a local planner, who says when it comes to the price of weddings, Bowling Green is on track with the national average.

"Food has gone up, the cost of a band, your event rentals have increased, the labor to set it all up. I think in general everything has just increased," says Lisa Leachman, Owner of A'La Occasions, Event Planning.

Thanks to sites like pinterest more inspiration and new trends means a bigger budget.

"They are seeing these ideas and wanting to incorporate those into their weddings as adding furniture, and pinterest also there's a lot of elaborate decorating and a lot of brides are wanting to go for that look," says Leachman.

"Even going to other people's wedding you're like I want that or so and so had this at their wedding I'd really like to do that and when it comes down to it you can't have every little thing that you've seen everywhere because it gets way too expensive. You have to pick and choose what is important to you,"says Martin.

But don't fret a wedding on a budget is possible.

"If you have a larger wedding with you say 500 people they will have a cake on display but then there will be sheet cakes in the back," says Pheonix-McCubbin.

"A lot of brides are doing the leg work themselves opposed to having a planner go with them, and to do price checks the internet is a great way to find things you might be interested in and then go price things out," says Leachman.

So is happily ever after priceless?

"Despite how much it cost it will be worth it because I want it to be a day I'll remember," says Martin.

According the survey Manhattan couples splurged the most spending an average of $76,000 on the big day.

Meanwhile, Alaska is the cheapest place to say i do with the average being $15,000.


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