New South Wales is the most popular state for weddings in Australia. And who could argue with that when you have so many amazing natural and man-made landscapes to use as the backdrop for your big day?
But NSW also has a big luxury wedding market, which makes it one of the more expensive states to marry in. In fact, 14% of NSW couples will spend more than $60,000 on their perfect wedding.
So whether you’re having a luxurious Sydney Harbour wedding, a boho beach ceremony in Byron Bay, or a rustic dream wedding in the Blue Mountains, we’ve broken down where you should start your budget for each service you could hire.
With 93% of couples hiring a wedding venue on their big day, it’s one of the most popular categories. It’s also one of the first things you’ll book and the category that is going to take up the most of your budget.
Don’t let this alarm you though. A venue in NSW will cost you an average of $16,539, coming in above the national average of $15,264. Based on the average of 97 guests you should budget around $170 per head for your venue, including additions.
We’ve seen the cost of a wedding dress steady over the past 12 months after a big shift towards more expensive and luxury gowns last year. The cost of a wedding dress in NSW has actually gone down this year, from $3,039 to $2,837.
If you’re not worried about the budget, don’t worry because you’re not alone. 25% of all Aussie brides say they don’t care about the cost of their wedding dress if they find the perfect match.
When it comes to capturing your day you want to make sure you’re doing it right. Which is why 91% of Australian couples hire a professional photographer for their big day.
In NSW this should cost you an average of $3,501. Most couples are also looking for a photographer who can capture candid and natural images. 47% of couples want candid and natural photos of their day while another 45% want a combination of candid and posed images.
Your marriage celebrant has more of a role to play than just rocking up on the day. They sign your paperwork, lodge your marriage certificate and support you throughout the entire planning process. So it’s no wonder that couples in New South Wales are now investing 8% more in their marriage celebrant than last year.
Your celebrant services should cost you around $774. If you’re looking for a more personalised and detailed service this will likely cost you more.
Whether you’re hiring one car or a fleet of four for your wedding day, you want to make sure that you’re arriving in style. The average cost of wedding cars in NSW comes in above the national average, at $1,524. 79% of couples will have between one and two cars for their day. Factor in the size of the cars for the size of your wedding party to see where you can save costs.
Having a wedding video is becoming more and more important to couples across the country, with 49% of all couples now hiring a videographer to capture those moving memories of their day.
Couples in New South Wales are embracing their videographers, spending $3,280 on their wedding video compared to the national average of $2,702. Most couples will book their videographer for the entire duration of their day, so usually between 8 and 12 hours.
Whether you’re having a sit-down dinner, buffet or cocktail reception with finger food, you’re likely going to be paying for some food for your wedding. This could be included in your wedding venue package, or you might want to go with an external caterer who serves up your favourite treat.
Regardless you’re in luck because the cost of wedding catering has gone down in New South Wales. In fact, you’ll be saving nearly $1000 under the national average if you’re ordering catering in NSW.
Catering in NSW costs approximately $8,783.
Despite the fact that more couples are hiring items for their wedding day, wedding hire has actually got a lot cheaper over the past few years. Couples in NSW were spending around $3,685 on wedding hire back in 2016. Now the average cost is a lot less at just $1,410.
93% of Australian couples are still choosing to hire wedding music for their big day, with DJs being preferred over live bands.
Wedding music in NSW will cost you an average of $1,891, remaining steady from the average spend of 2018.
You want to make sure you look good on your wedding day, so getting the right formal wear is key! Whether it’s a tuxedo, or collection of suits, or that perfectly tailored design, you’re looking at spending an average of $1,588 for your formal wear in NSW.
More grooms are opting for something to stand out, with a 27% increase in the number of grooms buying a custom-made suit for their wedding day.
Wedding decorations are becoming increasingly important as couples try and add that style factor to their wedding. 41% of couples will hire furniture or styling props for their wedding. You can expect to spend around $1,456 on your decorations in Sydney or NSW.
The average wedding party is made up of 8 people. Usually, this means that 3 bridesmaids are involved in the big day. Particularly in New South Wales, we’re seeing couples investing in what their bridal party is wearing. The average spend on bridesmaids dresses is $1,012 in NSW.
Wedding invitations in NSW will cost you an average of $833. But that’s just for the invitations. Remember to factor in the additional charge of stamps and postage when you’re inviting people to your big day!
With just 5% of Aussie’s favouring a traditional fruitcake versus the 69% of couples who are opting for a chocolate or vanilla mud cake, this is your most delicious expense. Wedding cakes in NSW are around the same price they were last year. A cake should cost you around $533 in NSW, just under the national average.
Florals and greenery have become much more popular as styling elements over the last few years, so it’s no wonder we’ve seen a price rise across the board. Rather than just choosing flowers for their bouquets, more and more couples are having leafy greens and foliage for their wedding day, which often costs the same amount as blooms do.
The average cost of wedding flowers in NSW is $2,047.
We’ve seen fewer couples hiring photo booths over the last 12 months, however, these couples are choosing higher-quality photo booths for their big day. It should cost you around $1,035 to hire a photo booth in NSW.
Hair and Makeup
We’ve seen a massive spike in the number of brides opting for natural makeup since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. But this look still takes time and experience to perfect!
You should budget around $861 for your hair and makeup.
Last but not least are your bomboniere or wedding favours. Most NSW couples spend around $588 on their bomboniere. This comes to around $6 per favour while nationally, 62% of couples will budget between $1 and $5.
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