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It’s no surprise that the costs of having a wedding have gone way up in recent years. According to most sources, the average cost of a wedding is around $30,000. We must admit, this number sounds high when you first read it, but there are a lot of expenses that go into planning a wedding! Don’t let this number scare you because this is just an average, so many people are spending less than this or more than this for their wedding depending on several factors. If you want a breakdown of what all this money is typically being spent on, you’ve come to the right place!


Naturally, the average cost of wedding venues is going to vary a lot due to the countless options there are to choose from. The average cost of a wedding venue is around $15,000. Of course, this number could be a lot lower, like if you were to choose a local venue, or a lot higher, such as a destination wedding venue. Also, it’s no surprise that about half of the overall wedding costs go towards the venue as wedding venues can get somewhat pricey! However, the overall look of your wedding will be set by the venue, so making this investment is well worth it!

Photo Credit: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable


Many couples report spending around $2,000 on their flowers and other wedding decor. Flowers, bouquets, and floral centerpieces certainly make for a beautiful addition to your wedding day, but you should always keep in mind the fact that flowers can get pricey, especially if you choose certain flowers over other types of flowers. The seasonality of flowers also affects the price you’re going to pay for floral arrangements, so be sure to do a little research when choosing your wedding flowers!


When it comes to wedding photography, many couples report spending around $2,600. Photographers will obviously differ in how much they charge to shoot a wedding, but remember that it’s a lot of work for them, so there is usually a high price tag to ensure the great quality photos that you are looking for. Photos are a really important part of your wedding day and the many years to come, so it’s important that you are choosing a great photographer to help you capture all of the special moments!

Photo Credit: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Food and Wedding Cake

The average cost of food at weddings is reported to being around $70 per person, but this number can vary a lot. This cost is really going to depend on what type of food you will be serving at your wedding, how many courses you will have, how many guests you plan on inviting, and whether you cater or get family and friends to help out. Of course, you can’t forget about the cost of your wedding cake as well! The average cost for a wedding cake is around $500, but this number will obviously depend on what bakery or company you use, the size of your cake, and the level of intricacy you envision for your cake. As you can see, there is a lot of room for variation in the average cost spent on wedding food due to several factors, especially the number  of guests, so this cost is definitely going to be very different for every couple because no two weddings are alike!

Wedding Attire

We all know that your wedding dress is one of the most important aspects of your wedding day, but how much do they really cost? Well, on average most people spend around $1,600 on their dress. However, there are an abundance of bridal shops for every budget and even people reselling the wedding gowns they wore on their big day! It wouldn’t be too difficult to find the perfect dress for you whether you’re on a budget or not! The groom typically spends way less on his wedding attire, with an average cost of about $280. This comes from the fact that many men decide to rent their tuxes, and the groom’s attire isn’t typically as intricately designed as your wedding dress, so this definitely helps to keep the cost down.

Photo Credit: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable


Wedding invitations are another cost that will vary a lot depending on how many people you plan on inviting, how ornate your invitations are, and what company you end up ordering invitations from. With that being said, the average cost for wedding invitations is around $380. From all of the local vendors and online shops, like Etsy, to choose from, it isn’t difficult to find beautiful invitations in every price range! For all of our Athens, GA brides, consider checking out plainjane designs. They’re a local vendor who can help you bring all of your wedding invitation ideas to life!

Makeup and Hair 

Your makeup and hair for your wedding day will cost you around $200 on average. This is relatively cheap when compared to all of your other wedding expenses. As always, it’s important to research any makeup artists and hairstylists before booking them to make sure they can master your style. This cost is surely one that you will be glad you spent the money on.

Photo Credit: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

While this guide doesn’t cover every single cost of your wedding day, it does cover the most important costs that you should definitely factor into your wedding planning! If any of these prices don’t sound feasible for you, don’t forget that there are plenty of less expensive options and ways to cut costs on your wedding day. Be sure to check out our post  “DIYs for Your Wedding Day” to find ways of saving money on your big day!


Our purpose at Weddings in Athens is to show the outstanding selection of Athens, Georgia wedding vendors such as wedding photographers, videographers, florists, wedding planners and venues. We hope that our information will be helpful to you as your plan your Athens, Georgia wedding.  Please contact Weddings in Athens if you would like to have your listing added. Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weddingsinathens.

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