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How Much Does A Wedding Cost?

To make budgeting for your big day a little easier, we’ve broken down some of the major wedding services and their costs.

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How Much Does A Wedding Cost?

The average Australian couple will fork out over $30,000 for their wedding, funds which are spread across a number of different services. 

To make budgeting for your big day a little easier, we’ve broken down some of the major wedding services and their costs.

Wedding Venue Hire

With 91% of Australian’s hiring a venue for their wedding, venue hire has is one of the first things to consider when planning your wedding budget. Venues tend to charge more for weddings than other events, with the average cost of a wedding venue in Australia being over $10,000.

Wedding Catering

The average cost of catering per guest ranges somewhere between $100-150pp. This includes venue hire, catering, wait staff and facilities for the designated time frame. It’s important to keep this price in mind when considering your guest count and if you’re wondering whether you can shave a few guests off your guest list.

Wedding Dresses

It’s the most expensive dress you’ll ever buy - so it’s got to be perfect, right? A wedding dress will cost you somewhere between $1,500 - $1,800 on average. That being said, 29% of brides say that when choosing a dress, budget doesn’t matter and they’ll buy the right gown regardless of the cost! 

Wedding Photography

Capturing every moment of the big day is extremely important to most couples, with 91% of couples hiring a photography professional to capture their special day.

Given the importance of collecting photographs and memories you will keep forever, allocating budget to a wedding photographer is pretty much a given. Full day wedding rates are around $2,500.

Wedding Celebrants

A wedding celebrant is the individual that handles all of the legality of a marriage. From officiating your vows and your ceremony, to completing the paperwork that makes your marriage legal, it is important to choose a celebrate that matches your ceremony style. The average cost of a celebrant is between $500 - $600.


It’s important to choose a style of entertainer that suits the atmosphere of your wedding. Whether it is a DJs, solo artist or a wedding band, the average performer will charge between $1,000 and $1,500. 

Start Planning Your Dream Wedding

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive, with no signs of that changing any time soon. However, there are countless options for financing a wedding that don’t include spending your hard earned savings. Over 60% of couples surveyed by the Australian Government took out a loan to help finance their wedding day, and iDo Loans can help connect you with the best possible finance, so you can have the wedding of your dreams.

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