Weddings By the Numbers

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The average cost of a wedding in Canada is $32,358 according to Weddingbells magazine. If that number made your mind reel, you’re not alone. The cost of weddings has steadily risen, up 8% from last year while inflation grew less than 2%.

While some couples will have their weddings paid for by their families or out of their own pockets, others will look for lending solutions either through big banks or payday loan servicers like It’s no surprise that they resort to credit when you take a look at where that money is going.

According to Weddingbells, the average number of wedding guests is 124. That doesn’t include the 12% of Canadian brides planning on having a destination wedding this year. While the expected cost for a wedding in Canada including a honeymoon is nearly $28,000, the average actual cost of a wedding jumps to more than $31,000.

Weddingbells broke down some of the most expensive items in the wedding budget and the prices are enough to make you cringe. Some of the highest include,

  • Venue = $9,255
  • Honeymoon = $5,470
  • Rings/Bands = $2,470
  • Photographer = $2,206
  • Dress = $1,847

You can easily see how the costs of a wedding add up quickly, seeing as that isn’t even including decoration, transportation, music or favours.

If you’re looking to tie the knot but want to cry when you see those numbers on paper, have no fear. DIY weddings doubled in the past year and with sites like Pinterest making it so easy to search for ideas, a classy wedding can certainly be created on a budget.

Certain wedding costs can be all but eliminated if you’re willing to do the work. While it costs nearly $10,000 to pay for a venue, you can do it for free at your own house or if a relative with a beautiful backyard is willing to help you out. Chairs can be rented for cheap, and with a little elbow grease and some creativity, you can create the oasis you had been hoping for without the pain in your wallet.

And if you’re the type of girl who doesn’t care about the name on the label and knows that it’s the bride who will make or break the gown, Target has now come out with its own line of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Buy your wedding dress for under $200 and spend the extra money on alterations to make sure your dress fits like a glove.

Consider skipping things like favours or DJs altogether. Have someone donate their stereo system for the afternoon and create your own iPod playlist using sites like Even better, ask each of your friends and family to suggest one song to you and make the playlist collaborative. You’ll probably get some interesting songs and you’ll forever have a soundtrack made just for you.

Don’t let the staggering numbers bring you down. The wedding you’ve always dreamt of is totally possible with a little budgeting and creative thinking!

Comments: 10

  1. Fredericka July 30, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply

    I had been initially not going to possess a seating chart in my wedding. Its likely to be around 100 people and it is a far more relaxed style, I felt it had not been necessary. After doing a bit of research i’m wondering if it might be simpler on my small visitors basically make one. I am also curious about getting my parents in the mind table. It may be awkward since my parents are divorced and remarried and never everybody will get along. What must i do? What did everybody else do within their wedding ceremonies?

  2. Pearlene August 31, 2013 at 9:15 am Reply

    I did not realize how pricey wedding ceremonies could be. I watch shows plus they spend a lot which just baffles me. Now that i’m planning my very own wedding i can tell just how much it accumulates. Just how much have you spend about in your whole wedding? that which was your financial allowance? did u review or under?

  3. Del September 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm Reply

    The wedding ceremonies not for atleast three years. Can there be anything I ought to begin to plan now?

  4. Loren October 11, 2013 at 2:00 am Reply

    This is event planning business.

    The kinds of occasions I’ll cover are birthday celebrations, fashion shows, periodic, wedding ceremonies, wedding anniversaries. I’ll look after both grown ups and kids parties/shows, hence why any title I think about doesn’t appear apt not less than among the above.

    Cool names please!

  5. Ed October 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm Reply

    I understand this can be a tough question, and that i know there maybe no real solutions. However, I’m wondering if single ladies hangout at certain places hoping locating a relationship ( not for one one evening stand). I had been just wondering when they attend certain occasions ( apart from bars, wedding ceremonies, fast-dating) more frequently then ladies have been in rapport? Any suggestions/places that could be much more likely then others? Appreciate your suggestions/guesses.

  6. Chery November 15, 2013 at 10:01 am Reply

    I understand that 8 means best of luck.What exactly does 9 mean? My birthday is 9.27 .72 Exactly what does it mean in Chinese amounts?

  7. Simon January 26, 2014 at 11:20 am Reply

    I’ve been to a wide variety of websites but not one of them appear to actually assist me to. I’m thinking about doing plenty of DIY stuff for that wedding and merely need planning help.My wedding is within June and that i only have a number of concrete plans. Any websites that you simply recommend??

  8. Jordan March 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Im considering carrying out a beauty and also the animal theme, but nothing too over running. My wedding color is blue, so im simply not sure how id arrange it in. maybe yellow being an accent color? Im also available to ariel and cinderella.. i dont care whether it sounds childish. Everybody you never know me, knows im a disney princess!

  9. Collette May 26, 2014 at 6:49 am Reply

    What traditions do Greeks have in their wedding ceremonies? usually? I heard spitting is involved?

  10. Damien June 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm Reply

    I have heard that individuals just save their cash. But my boyfriend and that i are generally university students so cash is pretty tight. You want to got married before grad school and the residency. There exists a date in your mind nevertheless its not for just two years, any suggestions?

    parents will not help on each side cash is an problem for families.

    to obvious some misconception for you personally all…

    we have been together for five years so its not just a hurry. I additionally work full-time and visit a small college. He’s a complete ride to his college therefore we aren’t in mass levels of debt and there’s an earnings. Wanted a few recommendations on which others did. because of individuals individuals that actually assisted!!!

    Thank men now we all know to save save save…individuals pennies are searching better every single day:)

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