If you’re sitting down for the first time to plan your special day, or elbows deep in research and not getting anywhere, this is a quick breakdown to help you with all of the aspects that go into planning your big day… and how much it will cost.
According to Global News, an average wedding in Canada should cost around $9,000. Sounds like a dream, right? Unfortunately, the reality is if you’re planning your wedding in Toronto in the summer, you’re going to be spending – and many Canadians agree, around $30,000. Before you pack up and head to City Hall, here’s how it all breaks down;
The wedding venue including catering is usually half of the budget. It’s the part of your special day that your guests will never forget – the party. This includes the venue rental, catering, beverages, tips for the bartenders and the beautifully made wedding cake.
The photographers and videographers that will capture every moment of the day from first kiss, to first dance and everything in between. Included in this 12% of your budget are prints or digital albums of your day and most likely, the on trend same-day video that will be played during the reception.
The delicate gown and the tailormade suit will be the unveiling everyone on your guest list will be waiting for. Depending on your style, and your taste in fashion, you’ve got to look good to feel good. While it’s tempting to splurge in this area, it’s wise to keep in mind that this ensemble is meant to only be worn once!
There’s nothing worse than celebrating your special day with music from an era from your great grandparents! Pianist at the ceremony, violinists at cocktail hour, and a DJ during the reception can get quite pricey. If you portion 8% of your budget to music and entertainment, you’re sure to get a good party going.
If you’re looking for a Kardashian-esque 12ft. wall of peonies, be ready to spend the entire budget – and more. Flowers are a beautiful touch, but every petal will cost you. Portioning 8-10% of the budget to flowers is a good start.
Miscellaneous items such as transportation, stationary, the rings, the ceremony itself, and anything your future mother-in-law has insisted you include, should be divided accordingly.
These are only a few of the main items that the future couple will have to decide on, but before you say yes to the dress or opt for the 6 course Italian feast, you must first agree on a number. You should feel comfortable with how much you’re spending. Stick to your budget! It’s a big, exciting and important day, but just remember that you still have the rest of your lives to spend together.