How much does a wedding cost in Australia?
ABIA's National Survey on the Average Cost of a Wedding, according to 10,000 Married Couples.
10,000 (sorry, we rounded this up from 9,884) Married Couples who said "I Do" over a 12 month period, volunteered information to ABIA.
We asked them, what their original wedding budget was, how much was the actual cost of their wedding, and how many guests attended their wedding day.
ABIA Award Winning Photographer: Jason Wong Photography
How much does the Wedding Industry contribute to the Australian Economy?
It's the $4 Billion question most engaged couples want to know, how much does a wedding really cost?
That's right, nearly $4 Billion is what the Wedding Industry contributes to the Australian Economy, with 110,000+ Marriages per year.
What's brilliant about the Australian Wedding Industry, is that a majority of the money spent on a wedding day, stays right here in Australia, supporting thousands of small family-owned businesses.
At ABIA, we considered ourselves very lucky to learn the inspirational stories, sacrifices and triumphs regarding some of the best wedding vendors across Australia.
A common theme across established & trustworthy wedding vendors, is that they truly have all their couples' best interests at heart and continue to exceed the expectations of their clients.
State Breakdown of Wedding Economy
Based on ABIA's Data and findings, find out how much the Australian Wedding Industry contributes to the following states economy each year.
New South Wales: $1,500,000,000+
(one and a half billion dollars)
(six hundred million dollars)
South Australia: $222,000,000+
(two hundred and twenty two million dollars)
(one billion dollars)
Western Australia: $360,000,000+
(three hundred and sixty million dollars)
ABIA Award Winning (2016) Photographer: Elk & Fir
How ABIA survey real married couples?
At ABIA, we have nearly 30,000 Australian Married Couples invited to rate & review their Wedding Vendors out of 100% across four judging criterions:
- Quality of Product
- Quality of Service
- Attitude of Staff
The reason why ABIA collect this information, is to help guide Engaged Couples to plan their wedding day with confidence.
Engaged couples have access to hundreds & thousands of ABIA recommendations & reviews, which is such a powerful planning tool to get a better insight to the customer-satisfaction rate of past married couples.
In addition, these customer-ratings determine the Winners & Finalists which qualify for Australia's largest and longest-standing Wedding Industry Awards.
With ABIA's reputation & secure platform, 1/3 of the invited couples kindly volunteered further information on their wedding budget, wedding spend and how many guests attended their wedding.
ABIA Awarded: Images by Kevin
The Average Wedding Cost in Australia
The data you've all been waiting for, based on the information provided by 10,000 Australian Married Couples who said "I Do" across a 12 month period, the national average wedding cost is: $33,488.86 (thirty three thousand, four hundred and eighty eighty dollars and eight six cents).
As they say in the classics, every cent counts!
The original wedding budget average is: $29,254.17 (Twenty nine thousand, two hundred and fifty four dollars and seventeen cents), this shows that couples on average spend 13% more than they originally intended.
The average number of wedding guests, was just short of 100, at 99.075 wedding guests.
ABIA Winner (2019): Travis & Benny
The most popular month to get married
No doubt, Australia is one of the luckiest countries when it comes to gorgeous weather.
In saying that, there are two really popular wedding months* across the country and that is Autumn's March and Spring's October!
But, to confuse you even more, it varies between states. Queensland's most popular wedding month is September, with 15% of couples choosing to say "I Do" during the start of springtime.
Across all states, the least popular wedding season is Winter.
Except, again for Queensland. The Sunshine State finds itself having fairly balmy days even during winter, hence why Queensland is a great place for an Destination Wedding in Australia!
Getting married in the summer months in Queensland, is something to think twice about. If you're wearing a suit, it could get a little uncomfortable.
*reference Australian Bureau of Statistics
ABIA Awarded: Transluscent Photography
Celebrants are a popular choice.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia is seeing a growth in the number of celebrants conducting a wedding ceremony, which currently at 79.7%.
If you are considering a marriage celebrant for your wedding day, with ABIA's experience, we cannot stress the importance of researching celebrants.
Ask for referrals, read wedding reviews & testimonials which are verified. Furthermore, meet with the celebrant to see if your personalities are a wedding-match!
There's nothing worse than a celebrant who wants to steal the show or takes a week to respond to your queries. We want your wedding ceremony to be a smooth process, research & meet with your 3 favourite celebrants.
ABIA Awarded: Cinemotive
Average Cost of a Wedding by State
Because ABIA is a national organisation, we were able to breakdown the Average Wedding Cost across 5 states, including New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia & Western Australia.
ABIA Winner(2017): Jason Wong Photography
Average Wedding Cost in New South Wales
New South Wales has the highest number of marriages per year at 33.4%, also taking the wedding cake with the highest average wedding spend of: $41,245.80
Average Original Wedding Budget = $35,594.24
Average Number of Wedding Guests = 121.75
ABIA Awarded: Cinemotive
Average Wedding Cost in Victoria
Next is Victoria, with the second highest number of marriages per year at 25.13% and an average wedding spend of: $36,358.76
Average Original Wedding Budget = $31,973.27
Average Number of Wedding Guests = 109.53
ABIA Award Winning (2017): Passion8 Photography
Average Wedding Cost in Queensland
Sunny Queensland makes up for 20.44% of marriages in Australia, and couples are spending on average $26,029.54 on their wedding day.
Average Original Wedding Budget = $22,750.96
Average Number of Wedding Guests = 74.39
Although Queensland has the lowest wedding spend, the number of guests attending a wedding are lower too. Hence, less food & beverage will decrease the overall cost of a wedding. If you divide $26,000 by 74 guests ($351 pp), the average cost per head is on-par with the rest of the states across Australia.
Multi-ABIA Awarded: Luke Middlemiss Photography
Average Wedding Cost in South Australia
With 6.51% of marriages in the beautiful South Australia, couples are spending on average $30,307.12 on their wedding day.
Average Original Wedding Budget = $26,847.79
Average Number of Wedding Guests = 98.42
ABIA Awarded: Mitcha Photography
Average Wedding Cost in Western Australia
Western Australia accounts for 10.41% of marriages in the country and couples find themselves spending on average $31,272.63 on their wedding day.
Average Original Wedding Budget = $27,104.44
Average Number of Wedding Guests = 87
ABIA Winner (2019): Sandie Bertrand Photography
Remember, it's Your Wedding Day.
So there you have it everyone, based on a survey with 10,000 verified Married Couples, the average wedding cost is $33,488.86 .
But remember, this is just an average, as an Engaged Couple you can spend however much you want on your wedding day.
Whether you have a $10,000 Wedding Budget or a $1 Million Wedding Budget (yes, they do exist, no need to judge), that is your absolute prerogative, celebrate your wedding exactly how you want to!
Thank you to the couples and Australian Wedding Vendors which assisted ABIA in collecting this valuable information. United, the wedding industry will stand.
For further information or statistics conducted by the ABIA, please contact the Managing Director, Natasha O'Meara here.
ABIA Winner (2019): Sandie Bertrand Photography
ABIA Awarded: Translucent Photography