Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Wedding Cost Too Much or Money Well Spent? June 3, 2015

So, this is a question that every parent and every bride and groom asks, are we spending our savings wisely?

Is a huge outlay for a wedding a good investment?

I can tell you that there were some interesting responses to the question and for the most part people want to hold the cash but convention says spend, spend, spend!


Here is what some said via the SMS.

Save the money to pay for the divorce

We and wife married it was in a good international hotel and it cost us around 100k total with honeymoon and it was a excellent venue and setup and we had around 150 people with 10 dishes buffet I think it's the dowry which takes it that high we all should fight against dowry we don't believe in this regards rashid

Hey James, it's Sam here from the pr professionals.... Am planning my wedding now and as simple and as small as we are trying to make it the more stressful it is to keep out extended family happy. British Pakistani wedding

Hi guys, during 70's and 80's marriages would last longer(mostly) and I see the point of splashing a little more than what I would probably spent now seeing how immature modern day couples are. Invest a decent amount and use the rest to work on the marriage daily:-)

Hey guys great show. Wedding dress only 5th, you clearly haven't met my wife! Cheers, alex

We spent aed 1.5M total for our wedding. Indian weddings nowadays, each family wants to top the other. 750k each family spent. And I was completely stressed out throughout the wedding because the expectations were high. Waste of money!!

Hi folks, I got married just over two months ago where the wedding was in London, the reception in Abu Dhabi and then a honeymoon out at bani YAS island. Then my wife has flown back to London last week as well. I'm 29 and Needless to say my entire car fund that I'd saved for my new car no longer exists.Talk about a truly international expensive wedding. All I wanted was a wedding at McDonald's and everyone would have gotten a happy meal! Aiez from Abu Dhabi

From someone who splurged on everything ( I had 1000 pax wedding, females alone) save the money for an amazing honeymoon that is what stays with you. Aslong as you're surrounded by loved ones on your big day that's all that matters. Also to the person who said not to splurge in case of a divorce why notbe positive?

We spent aed 1.5M total for our wedding. Indian weddings nowadays are only about expectations. Each family wants to top the other. At our wedding we shared the costs equally. But even having spent such a huge amount, I was completely stressed out throughout the wedding because the expectations were soo high and everything had to be so perfect!Waste of money!!

Hi guys. In many countries burden of weddings became so hard, governments made law to limit number of guests. This is the case for some countries. We need to make small weddings popular. 

James forgot to mention in the haste to share my story. We manage wedding events for our clients. On average the Russian market spend around 800,000 foraround 150 max guests as their menu items include caviar and the best premium drinks and the Indian Sindhi market spend on Average around 400,000 - 600,000 becauSe they have multiple functions for around 300 guests. It's better to save that money and invest in a sound secure future as opposed to splashing so much cash to keep others happy! Ps; I'm shopping for my centre pieces now at the whole sale market ;)

The show notes!
Cost in Dubai!
"A couple today should expect to spend a minimum of between Dh300,000 and Dh500,000 on their wedding day," says Zainab Al Salih, wedding planner and managing director of Carousel. "Based on our experiences of organising mid to high-range weddings, we can say that a realistic budget would be anywhere between Dh1,200 and Dh1,500 per guest."
According to Carousel wedding planners, the trend is moving away from either large-scale or thumbnail weddings, with the average couple inviting approximately 250 guests to their reception. That's already over Dh300,000 for the reception alone.
Top 5 expenses!

Chateau de Vaux le Victome, FranceBurj Al Arab, DubaiNew York LibraryThe Magic KingdomNapa ValleySunset Restaurant, MalibuGreat Barrier ReefTreehouse Point, WashingtonGreat Wall of ChinaThe Great PyramidsAyers Rock, AustraliaMachu PicchuIce Hotel, SwedenEiffel TowerStonehenge, England
Additional Information:

Average Total Cost of Wedding
Attire & Accessories
Wedding Dress
Dress Accessories
Headpiece and or Veil
Tuxedo / Suit / Other Accessories
Tuxedo / Suit / Other Rent/Purchase
Beauty & Spa
Makeup Service
Hair Service
Manicure & Pedicure
Live Band
Musician / Soloist / Ensemble
Flowers & Decorations
Boutonnieres, Corsages
Bridal Bouquets
Bridesmaid Bouquet
Ceremony Decorations
Ceremony Flower Arrangements
Flower Girl Flowers
Flower Petals
Reception Decorations
Reception Flower Arrangements
Reception Table Centerpieces
Gifts & Favors
Gifts for Attendants
Gifts for Parents
Tips (for all services)
Wedding Favors
Ceremony Programs
Engagement Announcements
Guest Book
Invitations & Reply Cards
Reception Menus
Save the Date Cards
Table Name and Escort/Place Cards
Thank You Cards
Engagement Ring
Wedding Band
Photography & Video
Digital or Photo CD/DVD
Engagement Session
Prints and/or Enlargements
Traditional Leather Bound Album
Wedding Photographer
Wedding Videographer
Planner Consultant
A La Carte Services
Day of Coordinator
For Getting Started
Full Service
Month of Direction
Limo Rental
Other Transportation
Venue, Catering & Rentals
Ceremony Accessories
Ceremony Location
Ceremony Officiator
Hotel Room for After Reception
Reception Accessories
Reception Bar Service
Reception Food Service
Reception Location
Reception Rentals
Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Cake/Dessert
Marriage License

Top 2014 Wedding Statistics
  • Average Wedding Cost: $31,213 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,328 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Utah, $15,257 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,357
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 136
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (15%) followed by October (14%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Ivory/White (44%), Blue (37%), Pink (28%), Metallics (26%), Purple (23%)
  • Dark blue specifically has continued to grow every year, from 10% in 2008 to 24% in 2014
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%
We know weddings are expensive. Weddingbells Magazine’s annual survey recently revealed that couples spend an average of $32,358 to get married and go on a honeymoon. But lovebirds aside, it can be expensive for everyone else too. According to new research by American Express, people expect to fork out $539 per wedding this year, including $167 on travel and $108 on gifts. (Close family members spend an average of $179 on gifts and co-workers cough up $66.

Only 12 years to the new millennium and we have seen some of the most lavish weddings ever. From Chelsea Clinton’s $5 million wedding to Vanisha Mittal’s $55 million event, these larger than life weddings are fast becoming a global phenomenon.
In 2011 alone, the wedding industry was worth $321 billion. And it is only growing bigger with couples worldwide wanting the best there is on the D-Day.


A survey by You & Your Wedding, the UK's leading bridal brand, has revealed that despite the tough

economic climate brides are more determined than ever to have the wedding of their dreams; with

the average cost of a wedding in 2014 totalling £20,983 and 50% of all brides expecting to go over

their initial wedding budget.

59% of brides do the bulk of their wedding planning alone

20% borrow money to fund their big day

Only 22% prepared to cut budget due to economic climate

The single biggest wedding expenditure is venue hire, costing an average of £3,397

Nationality Average Cost of

UK £20,500

USA $31,500

Canadian $22,429 Wedding Bells Survey

Cheaper Alternatives

Virgin Weddings:  

Booked as a holiday where you can get married there for free.   

Tips on How to Save Money on The Big Day

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