The Cost of the Matter: How Much does a New York Wedding Cost?

New York is many things: bustling metropolis; cultural pinnacle; financial-fashion-art-food-and-pretty-much-everything-else capital of the world (not to brag). It’s also home to many (many) people, which means it’s a top destination for weddings. And according to a recent Reuters article, New York is also the most expensive city in the United States to get married. The reported average cost of a wedding in the New York City metropolitan area is $65,824. But what does that price tag actually include? We know you have questions, and we have some answers to help you plan your Big Apple wedding.

What does a wedding include? The term “wedding” is a broad one. So, let’s break it down. The overall cost of your big day will most likely include some variation of the following:

  • Venue
  • Wedding Planner
  • Entertainment
  • Photographer and/or Videographer
  • Save-the-Dates and Invitations
  • Bridal Party Gifts and Favors
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Engagement Party
  • Bridal Shower
  • Welcome Party or Dinner for Out-of-Town Guests
  • Attire and Accessories
  • Makeup, Hair, and Salon Services
  • Flowers
  • Decorations
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Wedding Cake or Dessert
  • Catering
  • Rentals
  • Wedding Band or DJ

 

It may look a tad overwhelming on paper, but remember: the more you know, the more you can plan in advance to avoid stress or stretching your budget!

Now, what does all of this cost? We hit the books and did our research to provide a clearer understanding of the average cost of each element of your New York wedding.

Venue: First things first: choosing your venue will dictate a large majority of your remaining wedding costs. When you start venue searching, be aware of what kind of venues you are visiting: is it a full-service, all-inclusive venue or is it a blank space venue where you’ll need to plan for additional services?

Brooklyn Winery falls into the category of a full-service venue, as we provide all rentals; all food and beverage is handled in-house, as well as staffing and a dedicated event manager. Full-service New York venues can fall in the price range of $30,000 to $60,000.

When considering a blank space venue, you’ll need to factor in the venue rental cost, rentals, catering and beverage service, as well as décor. We’ve outlined average New York prices for each category below. For more detailed average costs, check out www.CostofWedding.com.

Venue: $3,000 – $7,500
Party Rentals: $3,700 – $5,000
Catering: $10,000 – $14,000+
Beverage Service: $5,400 – $7,000+


Okay, I’ve got my venue. Now what? Like we mentioned above, securing your New York venue provides you with a starting point for planning the additional elements for your wedding. After trolling sites online and talking with our expert staff, we’ve outlined some general costs associated with New York wedding vendors and other wedding costs. Remember, these are averages! For more information, check out www.CostofWedding.com.

Engagement ring and wedding bands: $9,000 – $14,000+

Save-the-Dates: $100 – $400

Invitations: $400 – $700+

Wedding Planner: $3,400 – $9,000+

Entertainment:
DJ: $800 – $2,000+
Live Band: $1,000 – $4,500+
Soloist and Ensemble: $600 – $1,600+

Photographer: $2,000 – $5,000

Videographer: $1,400 – $3,000

Bridal Party Gifts and Favors: $100 – $400

Attire and Accessories:
Wedding Dress: $2,500 – $7,000+
Groom’s Suit: $200 -$800+
Veil or Headpiece: $100 – $400+

Makeup, Hair, and Salon Services: $200 – $400+

Flowers: $3,000 – $9,000+

Wedding cake or Dessert: $450 – $1,300+

Lodging: $250- $700+

Transportation: $600 – $1,400

If you’re thinking to yourself right now, "holy dollar bills!" don’t fret. Every wedding should be unique, just like the couple. Before you both get overwhelmed by the prospect of hosting your wedding in your beloved New York, sit down and prioritize the elements that are most important to you.