What the average wedding budget looks like in America, from the engagement ring to the wedding dress to the venue

IVASHstudio/ShutterstockDeciding on a wedding budget will help couples stay within their spending range.
  • A wedding budget is essential when planning for your big day.
  • On average, Americans spend $US33,391 on their weddings, with the venue and engagement ring being the most expensive.
  • Seemingly small details can drive up a wedding budget, including the floral arrangements, transportation, and party favours.

Deciding how to break down your wedding budget can be overwhelming.

Americans spend $US33,391 on average for their weddings, according to the The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study. Much of the average wedding budget is spent on the venue itself.

However, other factors – including the floral arrangments, catering, and party favours – can drive up a wedding budget if you aren’t careful.

The amount of guests is also a contributing factor to the overall wedding budget. While there’s a current trend toward hosting fewer guests, the average cost per guest is increasing. That’s because couples want to create a unique and memorable experience for all those involved, The Knot found.

Average wedding cost chartJenny Cheng/Business Insider

Below, see how couples across the US spend their wedding budget for their big day. Prices listed first represent the average spender, according to The Knot’s survey, while prices listed second represent the highest spender.


Venue (reception hall): $US15,163 – $US42,801

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Engagement ring: $US5,764 – $US13,933


Reception band: $US4,019 – $US7,145

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Photographer: $US2,630 – $US5,130

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Florist/decor: $US2,379 – $US6,050

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Ceremony site: $US2,311 – $US2,966

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Wedding/event planner: $US1,988 – $US3,775

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Videographer: $US1,912 – $US3,214

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Wedding dress: $US1,509 – $US3,158

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Rehearsal dinner: $US1,285 – $US3,197

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Reception DJ: $US1,231 – $US2,300

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Transportation: $US830 – $US1,388

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Ceremony musicians: $US761 – $US1,249

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Wedding cake: $US540 – $US1,097

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Invitations: $US408 – $US1,098

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Groom’s attire: $US284 – $US463

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Officiant: $US284 – $US491

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Favours: $US252 – $US488

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Catering (per person): $US70 – $US154

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