One of the first steps brides and grooms take when beginning to plan for the big day is to develop a budget. Knowing the average cost of nuptials in various cities and states can help set expectations, especially when approaching parents or other family members who may be assisting with financing the fete.
Although the above graphic represents the average for Akron, Ohio, the creators of Cost of Wedding provide a handy search engine populated with the latest wedding cost statistics from The Wedding Report. Brides and grooms can search by zip code to see the stats for the area where they are planning to hold the wedding.
It should be noted that these are only averages and costs may still vary, especially depending upon number of guests. In 2012, the average number of wedding reception guests for Akron was between 139 and 159. For couples planning a much larger wedding , the venue and catering costs will most certainly increase.
Here are some of the biggest culprits in dramatically increasing overall wedding costs:
- Designer labels
- Brand new or very popular venues
- Out-of-season flowers
- Using well-experienced professionals like wedding planners
- Unique or custom products (favors, jewelry, etc.)
To combat cost increases, try:
- Keeping the guest list small
- DIY favors and centerpieces
- Avoiding a costly stacked cake and serving guests cupcakes instead
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