What does it cost for a typical Toledo area wedding? If you are planning a nice wedding for about 300 guests, you should plan on spending around $30,000. Here's what we found out after a recent 2016 survey of local Toledo, Ohio wedding vendors. Of course, the cost of your wedding could very depending on how elaborate you want your wedding to be, how many guests you plan on having, and what services you want for your wedding. Our survey results are based on average services and prices.
- Ceremony - Factoring in the fee you will pay a licensed Officiant, location to have your ceremony, as well as accessories like aisle runner and marriage license, we estimate the cost at around $600. Average Officiant services are around $300. There are many Wedding Officiants in the Toledo area. Be sure yours is registered with the State of Ohio, or your marriage will not be legal. Officiants have a license that they can show you.
- Reception - This is usually the largest cost of any wedding, and one area that can be altered to keep costs down or make costs rise. Factoring in food and beverage, hall rental, cake, and additional service fees and tips, we estimate a wedding for 300 guests will cost around $12,000. This is figured at 300 guests at $20 per person per plate. Some halls but not many will allow you to bring in your own caterer. You can often save money by shopping for your own caterer and cake provider.
- Photo, photobooth and Video - Factoring in a nice but basic packages for all three services together, this will cost around $3,500. A nice photography package should be around $1,000, so should a nice video package. Basic photobooth prices are around $500. The photobooth concept is relatively new to weddings, but has been a huge success. It is interactive and loved by wedding guests. Check the credentials of professional Photographers and Videographers. Don't just judge by a few pretty pictures. Look for those that have been doing this for some time, and be sure to check consumer watchdog agencies like the Better Business Bureau for potential problems.
- Music - If you need specialized music for your ceremony, then an experienced wedding DJ for the reception, this will cost around $1,200. This is based on around $700 for a DJ and $500 for ceremony music. $200 wedding DJ's are underpriced. $1,000 wedding DJ's are overpriced. Also look for the true professional who has been doing this for many years, not the college student who thought it looked cool to play music for you.
- Flowers - If you are looking for personal flowers with bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages, ceremony decor, and centerpieces for the reception, you will spend around $2,500. The true independent florist will usually put the most time into your wedding, but flower shops at grocers and warehouse clubs can give you best pricing.
- Attire - The entire bride's wardrobe for the day, inlcuding but not limited to; gown, veil, purse, shoes, lingerie, jewelry, hair and makeup, along with the groom's rental tux will cost around $2,300. Shop early for these, and look for tux shops that offer special price reductions or free tuxes for the Groom.
- Stationery - Save the date cards, invitiations, ceremony programs, thank you cards, and related postage will cost around $1,500. Party type stores will usually have better pricing than a custom wedding related shop, but the custom shop will give you much better service and help if there are problems along the way.
- Transporation - Special transporation for the Bridal Party will cost around $500. Check for Internet reviews and consumer agency ratings. Some transporation providers are not properly licensed or have inferior equipment. Look at the equipment before signing a contract.
- Gifts - Favors, attendant gifts, welcome baskets, and maybe something special for the parents will cost around $800. There can be huge cost savings here if you something with more sentimental value versus big ticket items.
- Rings - Wedding rings for both the Bride and Groom can have a verying cost. If you plan on something nice from a custom jewelry store, the total will be about $4,000. The Mall jewelry stores will usually cost more than independent jewelers. Warehouse clubs and discount department stores will be less expensive, but may offer inferior materials that could break easier. Rings should be made of top quality materials and to last a lifetime. Going cheap here is not a good idea.