How much does a wedding cost in Queensland?

If you’ve just started planning your wedding, it can be overwhelming enough to figure out what services you want or need for the big day, let alone how much they’re going to cost you.

So we’ve broken down what the average price for the major wedding services in Queensland are, to help you plan your day from the Gold Coast to Noosa.

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Wedding Venues

91% of Australian’s hire a venue for their wedding, so we know it’s important to you!

The average cost of a venue in Queensland is $10,472. This has gone up by 9% over the past year, which is around the same percentage as the cost of a venue nationally.

Based on national figures of 97 guests per wedding, and our Queensland figures of 77 guests, that works out to be between $109 and $136 per head on average. So let your guests know that next time someone tries to bring an additional plus one!

However, this still comes in under the national figure, which is around $150 per person.

Wedding Dresses

It’s one of the most expensive dresses you’ll probably buy in your lifetime, but it’s so worth it! The average wedding dress in Queensland should cost around $1,793.

And while we know that 71% of you have a budget to stick to when it comes to choosing your dress, another 29% of you say that budget doesn’t matter. You’ll buy the perfect gown regardless of cost!

Wedding Photography

We’re starting to see a lot more couples opting for natural and candid imagery on their day rather than the traditional posed shots. That said, 99% of Aussie’s say that they’re going to have a photographer at their wedding, which is huge! It really is a day where you don’t want to miss a thing.

Of that, 91% of you are looking to hire a professional. If you’re hiring someone in Queensland, you’re looking at spending an average of $2,427.


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When looking for a photographer make sure that you find someone that you’re comfortable with and confident in. You want them to be able to give you great directions on the day so that you truly can get great photos to remember it with.

Marriage Celebrants

It’s easy to just go to the registry office and get your legal piece of paper. But where’s the fun in that? Most marriages in Australia are performed by celebrants who can handle all of that legal work for you.

It’s also really important to pick a celebrant that you really connect with. Nearly half of all couples are choosing a celebrant because they like their approach to ceremonies, and therefore will like the way that they can present their own wedding. So take that into consideration when you are making your choice.

The average cost of a celebrant in Queensland is $601.

Wedding Cars

Whether it’s a hot rod, hummer, limousine or something more traditional, arriving in style to your big day is not only important, but it can be incredibly fun as well!

The cost of wedding cars in Queensland have actually gone down nearly 8%, as we’re seeing more couples choosing to only book one vehicle.

Transport for your wedding in Queensland should cost you around $800.

When you are looking for a car provider, make sure you take the size of your venues driveway into consideration. You don’t want to have to get dropped off in the street!

Wedding Videography

While they’re not used by every couple, videographers are still rising in popularity as more and more couples want to make sure that every aspect of their day is captured.

You’re looking to spend around $2,328 if you’re booking a Queensland videographer.

Catering

What’s a wedding without good food and drinks? If you’re spending on external catering, you’ll probably spend around $5,523 in Queensland.


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Look for someone whose food you not only like, but can also cater to the different dietary requirements of you and your guests. And remember to take the weather into consideration as well. If it’s a super hot day you don’t want to be serving too much hot food!

Wedding Hire

There’s nothing quite like those extra bits and pieces and really make a wedding shine. Whether it’s practical items such as marquees and chairs, or decorative items to make your venue shine even more, wedding hire can be really important for couples doing their own thing or getting married outside a specific wedding venue.

You probably want to budget around $1,694 if you’re going to be hiring external items from Queensland suppliers. And remember to take the setup fee into consideration if you’re planning your budget.

Wedding Music

DJ’s are still the most popular choice for couples on a national scale, but there are still some people who can’t go past an awesome live band or acoustic artist. Regardless of what sort of music you’re having, make sure that it suits the feel and atmosphere of your wedding.

If you are booking a DJ, solo artist or band for a wedding in Queensland, you can expect to spend around $1,339.

Formal Wear

No, you cannot just wear the old suit at the back of your wardrobe! Nowadays we’re seeing more grooms wanting to look just as dapper as their partner.

If you’re hiring formal wear for your big day it will cost you around $1,237.

Decorations

It’s theme and styling time! Decorations can add to your wedding hire and really make your wedding day shine. Whether you’re going for a rustic, boho, contemporary or classic wedding theme, budget around $1,445 to spend on your wedding decorations.

Bridesmaids Dresses

It makes sense that the more bridesmaids (or bridesmen) you have in your bridal party, you’re going to be spending more on dressing them up. That said, most couples nationally have between 7 and 10 people in their entire bridal party, so you’re looking at an average of between 3 and 4 people on your side of the altar.

Most other Queensland couples spend around $526 on their bridesmaid gowns.

Wedding Invitations

The average cost of a wedding invitation in Queensland is $634. This has gone up by a whopping 69% in the last year but still comes in below the national average. So if you are looking at suppliers online, make sure you stick to locals!

Wedding Cakes

Whether it’s one tier, two, three or four, you want your wedding cake to look spectacular. You can even pick different flavours and dietary requirements for the different tiers! So it makes sense that it’s a bit more expensive than a $4 mud cake from Woolies.

A wedding cake in Queensland will set you back around $484.

Wedding Flowers

When looking at flowers for your wedding, check what’s going to be in season in the month you’re getting married. You want to make sure that the bouquet or decor can stay as fresh as possible throughout the day, while also making sure that it’s on trend with your theme.

In Queensland, the average cost of a wedding florist is approximately $927.

Photo Booths

Photo Booths are becoming more and more popular across Australia and are a great addition to our survey this year. 39% of couples nationally now say that they’ll hire a photo booth for their day.

It can be a great way to let your guests let their hair down and have a bit of fun, while also capturing some really great memories of the night. Particularly if your designated photographer is only covering the formal parts of the wedding.

$865 is the average price you’ll pay to hire a photo booth in Queensland. This is actually slightly above the national average of $848, likely because they are a rising trend and are very much in demand.

Hair and Makeup

As a bride, you want to look your best on your wedding day. Which is why so many couples choose to book a professional hair and makeup artist on their wedding day rather than risking it. 84% of couples nationally also make sure they have a hair and makeup trial before their big day to make sure they’re 100% happy with the look.

Couples are usually spending around $616 in Queensland on hair and makeup services.

Bomboniere

They’re the cute little gifts that you get to thank your guests with at the end of the night, and bomboniere are still very popular. The average price of bomboniere in Queensland is $314.

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