CA brides, have you been surprised by how much weddings cost? FH and I are getting married on the central coast. We are having 100 guests. We are at $32,000 for venue (includes tables, chairs, utensils, glassware, etc.), day of coordinator, catering, and alcohol (beer and wine only). We still have to get flowers, decorations, hair and makeup, DJ, and photographer. Luckily I found a wedding dress for under $1,000 but it will likely need alterations as the bust will be a size or two too big. Has anyone else had this issue?? We calculated out prices and all our choices would be around this price - we only found 3 venues in this price range - couldn’t find any cheaper when you add in all the necessary rentals (chairs, etc.). Maybe that’s typical for CA?
We paid 60k for our wedding in Denver, so more formal weddings across the country now cost 40-70k typically. I was in two weddings in CA, one spent 20k and one spent 3k but both were small weddings that skipped a lot of things.
Yes, this was EXACTLY our experience. Daughter's wedding was in So Cal (Orange County) and we visited 10 venues and she did a DETAILED spreadsheet controlling for all costs (even though different venues charged for things in different ways), and 9 of the 10 were within a $1500 range when she accounted for everything in the projected totals. She decided "wedding price fixing" was absolutely a REAL thing (the one venue outside of the "range" would have been at least $2500 more than the next highest estimate). All the "what does an average wedding cost in So Cal" calculators said ~$32,000. When we started, we thought that was CRAZY.... With VERY carefully planning and always comparison shopping, for 100 guests in the off-season, the cost was????? $32,000.... Yep. You're not crazy.... Good luck!
Totally normal. I posted my full breakdown in my BAM. We were just under 60k for 250 people not including alcohol (gift from parents), transportation (gift from husband), and rehearsal dinner (gift from my parents).
Our venue is in SoCal (Newport Beach) and it’s around 15k. Don’t get me wrong it’s still expensive , I just think it depends on guest list and what you want at your wedding too. But of course it’s Cali.
Yup...my OC wedding ended up about $25,000 for just under 100 people using mostly budget vendors. There were definitely places I probably could have cut the costs more, but it came down to things like not wanting to compromise on food quality and wanting a specific venue. It’s expensive here for sure!