How Much Does a Wedding Really Cost?

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The idea of a June wedding comes from the Celtic calendar. It was tradition that on May 1st – or the Cross-Quarter Day of Beltane – couples would pair off to court and be wed the next Cross-Quarter Day, August 1st. Due to the impatience of young couples, the waiting period was shortened to mid-June, and the rest is history.

June is a bit of a sweet spot when it comes to an event like a wedding in the country. It’s halfway through the year and the weather is less difficult. When planning a wedding, there are a lot of costs that a couple must consider. There’s the venue, the clothes, the invitations, and a whole host of other things that you and your beloved will need to spend for before the big day.

Most will acquire the services of a wedding planner or coordinator to ensure that the big day runs as smoothly as possible. A wedding in the Philippines can cost as low as PHP 50,000 for a low-key event. Big weddings can cost upwards of PHP 1 Million. Let’s take a look at the average costs for your big day.

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How much does a wedding need? Where does all your money go? How do you budget for a wedding? Let’s find out! The price quotes below are for a mid-range, low-key wedding ceremony for about 100 guests

Wedding Preparations
Engagement Ring – PHP 8,000+
Invitations – PHP 25/pc.
Wedding/ Event Planner – PHP 22,000
Wedding Dress – PHP 25,000+
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – PHP 5,000+
Hair & Make-up – PHP 18,500+
Groom’s Attire – PHP 12,000+
Florist/ Décor – PHP 15,000+
Photographer – PHP 20,000+
Videographer – PHP 25,500+

Wedding Ceremony
Venue – PHP 22,000+ (with ac)
Wedding Ring – PHP 10,000+
Transportation (plus Decor) – PHP 3,500+

Reception
Reception Venue Catering – PHP 80,000+
Reception Entertainment – PHP 7,500+
Wedding Favors – PHP 130/pc.
Honeymoon – PHP 45,000+

Total:    PHP 335,000+

Figures taken from various online sources.          

Getting married sure requires some serious spending, but ultimately, you control how much you spend for it. Of course, there are ways you can cut back on wedding expenses. The last thing you want is to start your married life in debt!

You can DIY certain aspects , like invitations, or the souvenirs. You can even enlist friends and family to help out when it comes to making a very personalized wedding. Don’t forget to shop around suppliers and to check out wedding trade shows to get the most out of your wedding budget.

Saving for your dream wedding? Read more money saving tips on the blog.