We received this question a lot – “so can you tell me what is the average wedding cost in Washington DC & Maryland area?” Simple question with a not so simple answer. We like to use $750 per guest as a minimum for our clients. So for 100 guest x $750 per guest = $75,000 overall budget.
Ultimately, your style and your and your preferences as a couple dictate how the budget is broken down. Do you want to have a live band? Do you care more about the aesthetics of the day? Do you want to re-invent a space with lighting, staging, draping? These are the types of questions your wedding designer can help you determine
Here is what that 75,000 budget looks like broken down – keeping in mind this is based on pricing in the Maryland and Washington DC. Notice also, it does not including personal attire, makeup artist or hotel stay for the couple or bridal party.
BUT the real answer – it depends! on a number of factors.
Your Venue Location
location, Location, LOCATION. Typically, a small town wedding carries a lower cost than a big city venue. That difference in cost also varies from city to city. Maryland and DC area weddings are among the highest costs in the North East corridor. Some additional contributing factors to your DMV wedding venue price are: service fees, alcohol tax, administrative fee and cake cutting fees.
But before you make a decision on location, It’s also important you consider the included amenities. Be prepared to ask if the venue provides linens, signage, lighting or draping as these could provide value and save you money.
Guest List Size !!!
This one is straight forward, the larger the group the more the cost. Most people, however, forget to add in related costs – what i like to refer to as total cost per plate. By that I mean – the more people you have the more: table linens, tables and chairs, centerpieces, attendants, it may also mean a bigger cake.
Day of The Week Drives Wedding Cost
It’s no surprise that both in Maryland and DC – Saturday evening is prime time for weddings, followed closely by Friday evening. The Friday/Saturday demand also affects availability of wedding vendors. If you are looking to save money and get your ideal vendors, look at week days (Mon-Thurs). With advance notice your attendees can accommodate a week day reception. Another idea increasing in popularity, particularly in large cities like DC is Sunday morning – what could be better than a DC Wedding brunch?!
So — day of the week matters, but just as important, the date itself matters. Dates that are rare to come by (and easy to remember) like August 8th 2008 (08/08/08) are highly sought after. Stay away from these popular dates and you’ll have a better chance of finding a great deal.
There is a peak season for engagements and a peak season for weddings and it varies by geographical location. In the DC, MD, VA (DMV) area, the peak wedding season goes from May through end of October due to the great weather. You’ll see an influx of engagement photo shoots in March – the Tidal Basin’s Cherry Blossoms have much to do with that! Spring used to be the most popular season but in the recent years, couples are trending towards Fall weddings pushing the wedding season further into the calendar year.
We can help you in formulating your wedding day budget – Reach out us Events by Yosira for wedding planning in Washington DC & Maryland.