Each wedding is different, as are the wishes of each wedding couple, so inevitably the total cost will vary.
Weddings in Spain are cheaper then traditional weddings and weddings in other countries, because ;
- The Spanish mainland ( not Ibiza ) is much cheaper then most other wedding destinations
- Due to competition, prices for hotels, food, drinks, etc are much lower then in other countries and regions
- Due to the number of weddings we organize, we’re able to negotiate the best prices
- With on average 30-100 guests, weddings in Spain are usually more intimate then traditional weddings,
Of course there are additional travel costs, but hotels in Spain are much cheaper then in most other countries, and each guest usually pays for his own travel costs, so this does not weigh on the budget of bride and groom. With cheap airfares now with RyanAir and JetBlue, the costs of flying is considerably lower. From the UK you can get a round trip ticket for around 100 Euros per person.
Add everything up, and the total wedding budget for a wedding in Spain is usually lower then for a traditional wedding, and even should it be more expensive, then the total experience, relaxed atmosphere, sunny climate, etc makes it all worthwhile.
We’re sometimes asked for a “what would be the total cost for 50 guests” ?
This question is very easy to answer within our “all inclusive wedding package abroad” because it includes all the services ordered by the majority of our wedding couples.
In fact, the total price is on the top of the homepage, so you don’t have to look very far, nor make calculations.
BUT, if you want a more personal approach with more options and choices then the answer is not so simple, since there are so many choices and options which have a huge impact on the total cost.
The cost of a wedding abroad can be divided into 4 parts. Understanding the importance of each part, is the key to a successful wedding budget
COSTS PER PERSON
This is the cost per person on your guest list, and it’s often the biggest part of the total budget. Examples are reception, dinner, open bar, etc. To save you can either downsize your guest list, or choose a cheaper reception or menu, etc.
FIXED WEDDING COSTS
These costs don’t depend on your guest list, and it’s the 2nd biggest part of the total budget. Examples are ; rent of the venue, flowers, ceremony, etc. To save, you can only make some cheaper choices on infrastructure, decorations and options
This is the cost of planning your wedding. and it’s usually the smallest part of your budget. This service is for couples that only require basic assistance with planning, venue recommendation or paperwork only. Due to our proprietary online systems we can save a lot of time in planning a wedding, while they make it easy for you to plan your wedding, and for your guests to plan their attendance As a result our wedding planner fee is up to 70% below market average. More info on our cost of a wedding planner page.
This is our standard service and includes event planning, coordination with chosen vendors and specialized event management on your wedding day. This includes coordination of the basic elements that you will require for your wedding day:
- Ceremony & Reception Venue
- Flowers and Decoration
- Ministerial Services
- Food & Drink
- Wedding Cake
- Pre & Post wedding events
- Wedding Website
- Guest Services
- Liaise with vendors on your behalf
We work with many preferred vendors offering you discounts on products and services.
*Should you require services extended from these basic elements, these will be billed at an hourly rate by prior negotiation.
Don’t forget to budget other fees:
- Wedding Cars
- Transportation Shuttles
- Church rental / administration fees
- Minister for blessing or ceremony
- Open Bar Charges
- Wedding Cake
- Sound Systems (for ceremony, reception, dance )
- Church Musicians
- Cocktail hour / reception musicians / band
- Entertainment – Flamenco dancers, entertainers etc, children’s entertainment, fire performers, fireworks
- Wedding Favours
TRAVEL COSTS AND OTHER PERSONAL EXPENSES
Of course, there are travel costs involved, airline tickets, airport transfer and accommodation. So the question arises ; “who pays for them ?“
According to wedding etiquette the wedding couple doesn’t have to pay for travel costs, and all extra’s which are not part of the wedding, like a welcoming dinner, day after excursion, etc.
However, some wedding couples do consider to pay for ( part of ) these costs for their guests, which is obviously highly appreciated by their guests.
However, this is a decision that each couple must make individually, guests cannot expect them to do so ! Let me illustrate that with an example ;
Imagine you’re getting married in your home town, and I’ve been invited, but I live at almost 4 hours by car.
Would you pay for my gasoline ?
Because your wedding ceremony is at 11 AM, and I don’t want to risk arriving late, I decide to come one day early, and stay for 2 nights in a hotel, since I don’t want to drive back after the party.
Would you pay for my hotel ?
With a bit of good planning, a wedding in Spain will also proof to be a good option for weddings abroad on a budget.
Curious about the cost of your destination wedding in Spain ?
Go to our Shop to choose the services or packages and add-on’s you would like, and request a quote, to get an idea of the approximate costs. Choose between services and options, and the free online wedding budget planner instantly calculates your wedding budget.
Afterwards you can still modify your choices to reach your budget. You can request a detailed personal quotation, with all info, photo’s, detailed prices, etc. All free of charge, and without any commitment whatsoever.
What is the cost of the venue ?
A wedding means for a venue a lot more preparation in comparison to a normal dinner. This cost is often calculated in the price of the menu, which is not fair, since the extra cost for the venue is about the same, regardless of the number of guests attending the wedding.
Therefore we have negotiated with most of our venues a very limited rental cost, regardless of the amount of people.
It goes without saying that a venue will be a lot less inclined to book the venue on an exclusive basis in top season or on a Saturday.
After all 99% of Spanish weddings take place on a Saturday and are usually large groups with around 200 guests or more…
The only difference between wedding venues, is the type of menu they serve.
Some wedding venues offer budget menus, other more upscale venues offer more original menus with a higher price tag of course.
Due to the minimum menu the venues impose, your total wedding plan will be higher or lower in comparison to other venues.
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What is the average cost of a wedding in the United States?
Depending on what you would like for your wedding size of 30 people, it could cost you from $22,579 – $37,631
plus an additional $162 per guest. Have a look at a few charts below
The figures are about the same for a Wedding in the UK according to Brides Magazine.