WeddingWire, an online marketplace for wedding vendors, publishes stats on the average costs associated with weddings (ceremony and reception) yearly. Here are the results for 2018 from the Providence, RI area:

Venue $9,000
Catering $6,700
Band $3,900
Photography $2,400
Wedding rings $1,900
Wedding planner $1,850
Rehearsal dinner +
additional meals $1,800
Videography $1,800
Flowers $1,800
Event rentals and photo booths $1,700
Dress $1,700
Lighting and Décor $1,400
DJ $1,200
Transportation $1,050
Wedding party attire $800
Hair and makeup $650
Ceremony music/musician $600
Wedding party gifts $600
Invitations/stationery $550
Cake/desserts $550
Beauty and Health $550
Favors and gifts $450
Groom’s attire $400
Jewelry $300
Officiant $300

Firstly, we see that the venue and catering are easily the largest costs. And the officiant being the smallest. Secondly, WeddingWire combines “event rentals” and “photo booths”, this really does not give a good picture for either’s costs as they are not complementary. Upon my research I found that photo booth actually starts at $550 and can range up to about $1000.

Let’s take these numbers and make them meaningful! Firstly combining your DJ and photo booth can save hundreds of dollars but, be weary of deals that are too good and be sure to look at photos of the booth and reviews. The reason you can save so much is because a single company nearly always has less overhead than 2 separate companies, which you, the client ultimately pay for. Photo booth is a great addition to weddings because guests who don’t like to dance usually enjoy the booth. However, iif you cannot afford a photo booth, I strongly recommend putting work in to find a great DJ, so that the guests who don’t like to dance still enjoy your wedding.

On a different note, let’s talk about wedding planners. If you are stressing about your wedding, consider hiring a planner. Planners have connections and know who the best vendors are. They can use this knowledge to make sure you get what you need and that it fits your budget.