The Knot’s Charleston Wedding Budget: $32,597
The Knot just announced that in 2017 the average Charleston wedding budget is $32,597 including the cost of a Charleston wedding planner. This was their tenth annual couples survey. The average cost of a wedding in U.S. is at an all-time high at $35,329 and spend is up across most categories throughout the U.S. This year more than 13,000 couples who had planned a wedding and got married in 2016 completed the survey.
How is the money for the Charleston wedding budget typically divided? While every couple and every wedding is different below is a sample budget of an average wedding with 100 guests on a Saturday night in October which is considered the peak season
Charleston Wedding Budget $32,597 with 100 Guests
Ceremony & Reception site $ 4,500
Wedding Planner $ 3,500
Photography $ 3,500
DJ $ 800
Bride’s Gown, veil, shoes & jewelry $ 2,000
Grooms attire $ 175
Ceremony music $ 700
Limousine $ 597
Spa (bride only) $ 250
Wedding party gifts $ 300
Wedding Party Flowers $ 700
Ceremony décor $ 700
Café lighting $ 1200
Draping $ 1500
Variable costs – depend on number of guests
Floral centerpieces $ 1125 ($75 x 15 tables)
Reception tables & chairs $ 700
Ceremony chairs $ 350
Linens (poly cotton) $ 400
Catering cocktail hour $ 1,000 ($10 person)
Catering dinner $ 3,000 ($30 person)
Catering tax, gratuity, service charge 30% ($ 1,300)
Bar $ 1,500 ($15 person)
Bar tax, gratuity, service charge 30% $ 500
Cake $ 700
Dishes cutlery barware $ 500
Invitations, Announcements etc $ 400
Emergency $ 300
Misc – flower girl basket, ring bearer pillow $ 200
Favors $ 200
Total Charleston Wedding Budget $ 32, 597
As you can see each category of this Charleston wedding budget has a modest amount allocated and the budget does not include videography or a band etc. The cost of rings is not included as some couples opt to spend as much on their rings as they did their Charleston wedding.
As a Charleston wedding planner I include separate categories for the rentals as many Charleston wedding venues, particularly the popular historic buildings don’t include tables and chairs and most offsite caterers do not include dishes, cutlery or glasses. Couples are also often surprised by the 30% charged for gratuity, service charges and taxes on top of the price per person and this can be a very unpleasant surprise.
The best way to stay within your Charleston wedding budget is to hire a professional wedding planner.
As a Charleston wedding planner I was asked “So if you wanted to have a wedding with 50 people would it cost $18,000?” Not necessarily as not all costs would be cut in half. The fixed expenses such as venue, photographer and DJ are not dependent on guest count and would remain the same, while the variable costs could be cut in half. It’s important to note the number of categories that are affected by the guest count as this is often the largest predicator of the Charleston Wedding Budget.
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