Victorian couples unite! We are so excited to help you with your wedding planning and want to make your day as amazing as it can be.
Victoria is the most popular state to host a wedding in Australia, and there’s a whole range of talented and professional wedding suppliers and vendors for you to choose from.
If you’re hosting a wedding in the centre of Melbourne or having an amazing getaway in the Yarra Valley, Bellarine Peninsula or beyond, we want to help you out. We chatted with couples who have already planned their weddings in Victoria to help give you an idea of what you can budget for your big day.
Your wedding venue is going to be the major cost for your big day and comes in just above the national average of $15,264. You can expect to spend around $15,964 on hiring your wedding venue if you live in Victoria. The average guest list comes in at 97 people so this average is around $165 per head. Chat with your venue about what other costs are included in this such as beverages, decorations, ceremony hire etc.
25% of all brides say that the cost of their wedding dress doesn’t matter if they find the right dress! If this is you then skip on through to the next section and find that perfect gown regardless. For everyone else, the average wedding dress in Victoria comes to $2,806. A custom-made gown will likely cost you a bit more, while those shopping for pre-loved dresses might be able to score a bargain.
Your photographer is important. So important than a whopping 99% of all couples around Australia hire one for their wedding day! If you’re in Victoria you can budget around $2,914 on your wedding photographer which actually comes in a bit below the national average. 53% of previous couples will purchase a wedding album with their photos so factor this into your budget when you’re meeting with your favourite wedding snapper.
A marriage celebrant is arguably the most important wedding supplier for your day. They’re the one vendor who turns your big day from a party into an actual wedding! The average cost of a celebrant in Victoria is $796 which is on par with the cost of previous years.
How much you spend on your wedding cars or other transport is going to depend on how many cars you’re actually hiring for your big day. 79% of all couples will hire just one or two cars for their big day while 11% will hire four or more.
If you’re in the majority you can expect to spend around $1,290 on your wedding cars in Victoria. If you are hiring more than two cars consider adding a bit of a buffer into your budget to allocate for the additional vehicles.
Videographers are becoming more popular for weddings, with 49% of couples across the country making sure they don’t miss out on reliving those memories. If you’re getting married in Victoria you should budget around $2,598 for your wedding video.
Victorians and Melburnians, in particular, are known for being big foodies. So it’s no surprise to us that we’re spending more on our wedding catering than any other state in the country! Forget the national average of $9,666. If you’re in Victoria give yourself a bigger budget for your catering and spend around $11,947 instead.
The average spend on wedding hire is on the rise again after we saw a significant drop between 2016 and 2017. But you’ll still be spending less on hire for your wedding, and less than the national average in Australia. Hiring items such as chairs, tables, arbours, marquees and more will cost you $1,348 in Victoria.
Whether you’re hiring a DJ or booking a band for your big day, your wedding music is going to be so important to set the mood for both your ceremony and reception. 65% of couples in the past have hired a DJ while the other 35% will hire a band or duo. You can expect to spend $1,716 on wedding music services if you live in Victoria.
Formal wear in Victoria should cost you around $1,558. This is based on more grooms having custom suits made as they want to stand out for their day, and the traditional wedding party having three groomsmen. If you’re on a budget don’t be afraid to chat with your wedding party about who should pay for what.
More couples are putting an emphasis on the decorations they have for their wedding to make sure it looks just as they imagined. We’ve seen an 8% increase in the national amount spent on wedding decorations and Victoria has experienced an increase as well. You should budget around $1,424 for your wedding decorations.
If you’ve already had a chat about who is paying for the bridesmaid dresses then this budget might be a bit different for you. A traditional wedding party will have three bridesmaids in it and the total average spend on their dresses in Victoria comes to $814.
61% of all couples are buying their wedding invitations from a professional supplier to get those trending features such as acrylic, metallic and letterpress details. They’re also opting for additional items such as save the dates, menus, signage and table settings with the same style and theme as their main invitations. Despite this, you can still expect to spend the same on wedding invitations as you did last year at $801 in Victoria. Don’t forget to factor the cost of stamps into your budget!
Couples are making their wedding cakes fit in with their decorative themes and 53% will incorporate their florals into their cake decoration. The average wedding cake in Victoria should cost around $553, with most other couples ordering a cake with three tiers.
Wedding flowers and greenery are still massively popular at weddings and have experienced a 5% increase in the amount that couples are willing to spend. From your bouquets and buttonholes to your centrepieces or arbour, wedding flowers in Victoria will cost around $1,652.
We’ve seen a decrease in the number of couples who are hiring photo booths, but the ones who are will hire for quality, not just convenience. You should budget around $863 to hire a photo booth if you’re based in Melbourne or Victoria.
Hair and Makeup
The cost of your hair and makeup may also factor in your bridesmaids and trial, so make note of these when you are budgeting for your day. Couples can expect to spend around $777 on wedding hair and makeup services in Australia. This is separate to the amount that couples will spend on other beauty services in the leadup to their day.
What do you plan to do with your dress after the wedding?
Most couples will spend between $1 and $5 on the bomboniere for their wedding guests. If this is something that you’re looking at, factor in how many guests you have and budget appropriately. All up, the average Victorian couple will spend $476 on their wedding favours.
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