October 24, 2015      Melanie Gold

Creating a budget for your wedding can be overwhelming.  Where do you begin?  How much should everything cost?  What is too expensive?  What are the hidden costs? There are so many questions and leg work will answer a lot of these questions, but it is nice to have some price bench marks.

In Orlando, a reasonable estimate for a nice moderately priced wedding venue and food will cost anywhere from $60 to $100 per person.  

The configuration of those costs may be different, but this price range is a good starting point.  For example, you may pay $750 for the room for 100 people, but then you have to rent tables, chairs, linens, sashes, centerpieces..etc.  Also, the less your venue provides, the more that your caterer may have to provide, such as warming dishes, plates, flatware, linens..etc.  A different venue may charge $4500 for the room, but it may include all the tables, chairs, linens, flatware and your caterer just brings in food.  Another scenario may be that the room fee is nominal $250 or less, but the catering costs are $50 per person and the bar costs an additional amount with 20 percent service fee.

Typically, venues that require you to use their catering service make money from the catering side rather than the room rental.  Venues that allow you to use your own caterer will charge more for the room.

Additional costs associated with the wedding will include a DJ (around $500), a photographer (around $1200), cake which is usually priced by number of people or slice (typically runs typically runs from $1.50 to $12 a slice depending on how elaborate the cake), an officiant ($250 to $350).

Other expenses will include the wedding dress and tux and bachelorette/bachelor party and/or honeymoon plans.

Now, you have an idea of what to budget then it comes down to what you can afford and how to make it work.  Starting in advance is always a good idea.  Some places will allow you to pay in installments.