How Much Does the Average Wedding Cost in 2023?

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What are couples spending on weddings? Well, it depends. The average cost of a wedding in 2023 is as varied as the couple tying the knot.

Estimating the average cost of a wedding is both art and science. How much is the average wedding? Well, it’s important to keep in mind that average wedding costs are just that — averages. While helpful, a wedding budget does not need to define a vibe or vision.

Average wedding costs vary for several reasons: the number of guests, location, day of the week, and even the seasonality of food served and flowers displayed. It helps to picture the day and think about what matters most to the two of you. Think of the wedding budget in pieces and priorities rather than imagining the whole thing at once.

How Much Will Couples Pay for Weddings in 2023?

Every year, we survey thousands of engaged couples to hear about their wedding-planning experiences. In our latest First Look Report, we learned that the average wedding expenses for couples getting married in 2023 total around $29,000, up slightly from $28,000 in 2022. Most couples will send invitations to 130-150 guests this year, making it quite the party. And inflation is also a factor because economic changes always impact the cost of goods and services.

The most important thing to remember is that an amazing wedding can happen on any budget, and along with your team of vendors, Zola is there to guide you along every part of the journey. And there is more than one way to pay for a wedding. Today, the majority of couples contribute to their wedding bills in some way, and we’ve found that in 2023:

  • 29% will optimize credit cards
  • 26% have saved for years to prepare
  • 24% are including cash funds on their registries to cover wedding costs

Average Wedding Cost by Number of Guests

Some wedding cost line items, like photography, are less dependent on guest count and more on other factors, such as services provided and time. But other line items, such as catering and decor, are greatly impacted by the size of the wedding.

Zeroing in on your estimated number of guests and the size of your wedding party early on in the wedding planning process helps when evaluating everything from venue size to catering.

If you’re unsure how many invitations you’ll send, our team found the average wedding guest list was 130-150 people, and about 75% of guests usually RSVP yes. This is a good starting point for budget conversations if you’re unsure where to begin. Have open and honest discussions with vendors about how your guest count may impact the pricing of their services, such as how the price of fifteen table centerpieces might differ from the price of ten. Vendors are there to support you and help you get the information you need to make decisions, after all!

As with all things, the average cost per person for a wedding has a lot of variables. But we can derive some data based on the size of your guest list.

  • Over 200 guests: $40,000 and up
  • 150-200: $36,000
  • 100-150: $31,000
  • 75-100: $22,000
  • 50-75: $18,000
  • Under 50 guests: under $15,000

Average Wedding Cost by State

Just as home, food, gas, and other prices vary by state, so do those for weddings. The cost of a wedding in our most expensive location is more than double that of our least expensive — though $19,000 is still a sizable investment!

Here is a complete breakdown of more than 4,000 couples and their projected average spending on weddings in 2023 by state.

  • Washington, DC: $45,400
  • New Jersey: $44,219
  • New York: $43,863
  • Massachusetts: $40,097
  • Illinois: $36,844
  • West Virginia: $33,333
  • Pennsylvania: $32,562
  • California: $32,369
  • Connecticut: $31,350
  • Louisiana: $31,100
  • Virginia: $30,205
  • Maryland: $29,928
  • Rhode Island: $29,531
  • South Carolina: $28,456
  • Montana: $28,214
  • North Carolina: $28,170
  • Florida: $28,121
  • Hawaii: $28,000
  • Colorado: $25,625
  • Minnesota: $25,377
  • Georgia: $25,284
  • Wisconsin: $25,242
  • Mississippi: $25,000
  • Kentucky: $24,565
  • Indiana: $24,531
  • Missouri: $24,293
  • Ohio: $24,157
  • Texas: $24,063
  • South Dakota: $23,750
  • Tennessee: $23,698
  • Michigan: $23,586
  • Arizona: $22,845
  • Maine: $22,750
  • New Hampshire: $22,667
  • Nevada: $22,353
  • Washington: $21,352
  • Oregon: $20,955
  • Alabama: $20,208
  • Iowa: $20,000
  • Nebraska: $19,643
  • Delaware: $19,643
  • Kansas: $18,690
  • Utah: $18,409
  • Wyoming: $16,111
  • Idaho: $15,769
  • Vermont: $15,000
  • Arkansas: $14,545
  • Oklahoma: $14,464
  • New Mexico: $13,500
  • North Dakota: $12,917
  • Alaska: $12,083