The average cost of a wedding is not what you'd expect

By Sangeeta Kocharekar August 30, 2016

Turns out weddings are a lot cheaper than we think

Cheap weddings are the norm, not the exception, according to a new survey. found that 32 per cent of people admit they spent less than $5k on their nuptials. The study revealed that one in five (20 per cent) who married in the last five years still managed to keep their budgets to below $5,000. A further 28 per cent married since 2010 kept costs to no more than $10,000.


So what happened to the big lavish weddings we hear so much about? With just four per cent of the respondents admitting to spending in excess of $50,000 in the last five years, it would appear there really is a price on love - and it’s not as much as you think. CEO Jeremy Levitt said:

“That money which many previously lavished on big weddings is probably being funnelled into larger mortgages. But sticking to a budget doesn’t mean cheap and nasty. Even those on the stringiest of budgets can find many of their wedding services easily online and at a fraction of the price they are expecting.”

Where are couples cutting costs? Well, according to the survey, they're scrimping on invitations, cakes and cars, and flowers to allow budget to be allocated to hair styling and venue costs.

Sixty-six per cent of brides were still able to have their hair done and 69 per cent still hired a venue. But 28 per cent made their own invitations to save costs, 17 per cent had a friend make the cake and 19 per cent used their own cars or DIY’ed flowers.

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