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  • Writer's pictureTricia Bachewich

The Ultimate Wedding Budget Breakdown

Planning a wedding involves various elements, one crucial aspect that couples need to consider is the cost. In this blog post, we will explore the average expenses associated with weddings in Manitoba, in 2023. Understanding these costs will help couples plan their budget effectively and make informed decisions for their special day.

Wedding Venues: The venue is often one of the most significant expenses. In Manitoba, couples have a range of options, including luxurious hotels, picturesque outdoor locations, and Unique Elegant Venues. On average, couples can expect to spend between $4,000 and $15,000 for the venue rental, depending on factors such as location, amenities, and guest capacity.


Catering and Food: Food and beverages are another substantial portion of the wedding budget. Catering costs in Manitoba typically range from $60 to $150 per person, depending on the menu, serving style (buffet, plated or family style). Providing a late-night snack or appetizers during the reception can be a delightful addition. Couples in Manitoba typically spend between $500 and $1,500 on these additional food items.

Bar and Alcohol: If couples choose to offer alcoholic beverages at their wedding, it's important to consider the costs associated with the bar service and alcohol. Bar packages in Manitoba range from $30 to $80 per person, depending on the selection of drinks and the duration of service.


Photography and Videography: Capturing beautiful memories is essential for every couple. Hiring a professional photographer and videographer is highly recommended. In Manitoba, wedding photography and videography packages start at around $2,500 and can go up to $7,000 or more, depending on the duration of coverage, number of photographers, and additional services such as pre-wedding shoots and albums.

Decor: Creating an enchanting ambiance requires careful attention to detail. The cost of decor varies greatly depending on the couple's vision and preferences. On average, couples in Manitoba spend between $2,000 and $6,000 on decorations, including centerpieces, table settings, lighting, and other decor elements.


Florals: Floral arrangements play a significant role in enhancing the overall aesthetic of the wedding. Couples in Manitoba can expect to spend between $1,500 and $5,000 on floral arrangements, including bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony and reception flowers, and floral installations.

Wedding Attire: The wedding attire budget encompasses the bride's gown, groom's suit, and accessories. Manitoba offers a range of bridal boutiques and suit options. The average cost of a wedding gown in the province is between $1,500 and $4,000, while groom's suit start at around $400.


Hair and Makeup: To look their best on their special day, couples often hire professional hair and makeup artists. In Manitoba, the cost of hair and makeup services for the bride and bridesmaids ranges from $250 to $350 depending on the complexity of the desired looks.

Entertainment: To keep guests entertained throughout the celebration, couples often opt for live music or DJ. The cost of hiring a wedding DJ in Manitoba typically ranges from $800 to $2,000, depending on experience and the duration of service. Live bands or musicians may cost between $2,000 and $6,000 or more.


Wedding Cake and Desserts: A delectable wedding cake and other desserts are an integral part of the celebration. The average cost of a wedding cake in Manitoba ranges from $400 to $800, depending on the design, size, and intricacy. Couples can also consider additional dessert options such as a dessert table or a variety of mini pastries, which can add around $500 to $1,000 to the overall budget.

Transportation: Transportation expenses include the cost of hiring limousines, vintage cars, or other transportation services for the couple and their wedding party. Depending on the distance and duration, couples in Manitoba typically spend between $500 and $1,500 for transportation services.


Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Engaging a wedding planner or coordinator can help alleviate stress and ensure the smooth execution of the event. Their fees in Manitoba vary depending on the level of involvement required, ranging from day-of coordination to full-service planning. Expect to budget between $1,500 and $8,000 for these services.

Marriage Officiant: Hiring a marriage officiant to perform the ceremony is an important expense. In Manitoba, the cost of a marriage officiant can range from $300 to $700, depending on the type of ceremony and the level of customization desired.


Stationery: Wedding invitations, save-the-date cards, programs, place cards, menus, signage and thank-you cards are essential for communicating with guests. The cost of stationary in Manitoba can range from $300 to $1000, depending on the design and quantity required.

Gratuities: It's customary to show appreciation to vendors and staff by providing gratuities. As a general guideline, couples allocate around 10% to 20% of their total budget for gratuities, which can range between $2,000 and $5,000.


Miscellaneous Expenses: Other costs to consider include marriage licenses, wedding favours, and any special add-ons, such as fireworks or photo booths. These expenses can collectively add up to around $2,000 to $5,000.

Total Wedding Costs: Considering the average costs mentioned above, the total cost of a wedding in Manitoba in 2023 can range between $30,000 and $75,000 or more. However, it's important to note that these figures are approximate, and individual preferences and guest counts can significantly impact the overall budget.


A Sample Scenario for a Budget of $50,000.00 and 125 Guests

  • Reception: 42% or $21,000.00 (including: This will include your reception venue, meals, food, beverages, insurance, staffing, etc...) This is approximately $168 per guest, including taxes & gratuities.

  • Photo/Video: 12% or $6,000.00

  • Attire: 4% or $2000 - This will include your wedding dress, a suit rental & shoes. If someone else is paying for the dress, this money can be re-allocated or saved.

  • Cake & Sweets: 1.5% or $750 - This should include your wedding cake, sweets table and applicable delivery or cake cutting fees.

  • Wedding Planner: 6% or $3000 - Wedding Management and potentially late night tear down

  • Wedding Ceremony: 2% or $1000 -This should include your officiant, marriage license, ceremonial items and a potential for a donation to a church or a small outdoor ceremony fee.

  • Stationary/Signage: 2% or $1000 - This should include invitations, RSVP cards, escort cards, menu cards & postage. This can also include day-of signage or save the dates.

  • Hair & Makeup: 0.5% or $250 - This should only include the bride. Any other attendees will pay on their own. A trial may be required and may be an extra fee.

  • Music & Entertainment: 9% or $4500 - This should include a ceremony musician, perhaps a small budget friendly band or a DJ for the reception

  • Flowers/Decor/Linens: 14% or $7000 - This should include rental chairs, tables, linens, centerpieces, bouquets, delivery and set up fees. Keep in mind that silks are less expensive, and if you don't need linens or chair rentals this number will be much lower.

  • Transportation: 3% or $1500 - This should wedding party, transportation, late night pick up, shuttle buses, etc...

  • Miscellaneous: 4% or $2000 - This should include everything that doesn't already have a category. (IE-Photo booth, fireworks, gratuities, jewelry, gifts, hotel stays, photo prints., etc...)

Planning a wedding involves various expenses. By understanding the average costs associated with weddings, couples can create a realistic budget for their dream wedding. Remember, these figures are approximate and can vary based on individual choices and preferences. However, with careful planning and research, every couple can create a memorable and beautiful wedding day within their desired budget.


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