THE MOST asked question on everyone's mind is "how much will my wedding cost"?

 

It's a fair question to be sure.


The answer has less to do with the cost of the venue, because YOU as the client control the most expensive element of your wedding cost: your number of guests

The number one way to control your costs is by the number of guests you invite. Every venue, every professional and every true friend will tell you the same thing.


ONLY YOU have control over that exponential element of your budget.  Your guest count will make or break your budget, regardless of the location you select. 

  • No matter what venue, more guests mean more EVERYTHING: food, drinkutensils, glassware, plates, linen, chairs, cake, even favors, printed goods, transportation etc.





Compared to events across the country, the Midwest has lower cost weddings based on lower cost of living in relation to bigger and more coastal cities.

The Midwest also has a higher guest count than the rest of the country so most weddings in our region are over 200 guests (which is less common in larger cities where the average is 75 - 100 guests).


According to numbers specifically in our region / city / county (Saint Louis), the average wedding costs $39,143




To be more specific to YOU:


You can click on this button to input a few details about your day and numbers to get a sense of your expected wedding budget





Click here and simply enter your zip code to get a sense of average costs based on number of wedding guests 






'The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study'​​


The average wedding is 141 guests with a per person cost of $251


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Another interesting fact—the guest spend has gone up, but the number of guests is down. The average number of wedding guests in 2016 was 141, down from 139 in 2015, and the cost per wedding guest for 2016 is up to $251.


Spending is also on the rise when it comes to all reception categories, including catering costs, cake, music, flowers, photography, entertainment and more in 2015. Since 2009, custom guest entertainment that reflects couples' personalities has more than tripled, from 11 percent to 36 percent, and that includes cigar rolling stations, wine and liquor tastings, and live dance performers.



Full article from The Knot:




The National Average Cost of a Wedding Hits $35,329

We polled nearly 13,000 brides and grooms who married in 2016 for The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study and learned that they’re splurging on total personalization and creating the ultimate guest experience. 

We just released the 10th annual The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, and that means it’s time to talk wedding costs and spending trends. After surveying nearly 13,000 real brides and grooms across America, we found that the overall cost of a wedding has soared to new heights, with a national average of $35,329 (and that’s not including the honeymoon).

The Knot started tracking the average cost of a wedding in 2006, and 10 years later that amount has hit an all-time high. Since just last year’s survey, which revealed a national average of $32,641, the average cost of a wedding has increased by $2,688 (a bigger jump than that from 2014 to 2015, a $1,428 difference).

But remember, this number is still an average, which means, depending on where you choose to wed, your wedding bill could be higher or lower. Tying the knot in, say, Manhattan could cost an average of $78,464, while an Arkansas wedding will average at $19,522.

So what trends and habits are causing this drastic leap in wedding spending? Couples today have total personalization and unforgettable guest experiences top of mind. Interestingly, that doesn’t mean a larger head count. In fact, the average number of wedding guests has decreased to 141, down from 149 in 2009, while the average cost per guest has increased to $245, up from $194 in 2009.

With to-be-weds now shelling out more money per guest, they’re more excited than ever to create the ultimate guest experience complete with out-of-the-box entertainment and exceptional amenities, including everything from food trucks, lawn games and photo booths (which aren’t going anywhere any time soon) to aerialists, gospel choirs and live portrait artists. (Read on, right here, for a full forecast of the hottest wedding trends for 2017.) We’ve also seen an overall increase in spending across all reception categories in 2016, including catering, cake, flowers, photographer, entertainment and the venue itself.