What does a Maine Wedding Cost?
Maine makes a beautiful setting for your wedding. Whether you choose an oceanfront hotel, a casual beach ceremony with close friends, or a quiet lakeside resort, the memories and photos will be priceless. But the question on many Bride and Grooms' minds is what does a Maine wedding cost? After all, most have never done this before.
Obviously the cost of a Maine wedding and reception depends on your venue choice and the number of wedding party and family attendees. But together with a study by The Knot, a most trusted Real Wedding publication and our experience in the Maine lodging and tourism realm, here are some guidelines on what wedding expenses are like in Maine in order for you to prepare a budget for your wedding.
Maine ranks 25th in the US for wedding spending, with an average cost of just under $30,000, which is also the national average. If you compare that with a Manhattan wedding at over $86,000, Maine weddings start to look like a bargain. In fact, Maine weddings are far less expensive than Boston, Connecticut, Long Island and the rest of New York state - all popular wedding destinations. Idaho has the least expensive weddings, at just over $16,000. It makes sense that Maine ranks 25th for wedding costs since weddings are more popular during the summertime and of course, Maine summers are an attractive destination for a wedding.
Back to beautiful Maine; there can be a big price range depending upon whether or not you host a formal oceanfront resort wedding on a prime summer weekend, or if you plan a casual BBQ or lobster bake on a beach. Are you inviting everyone? The average wedding size these days is 138 guests, with wedding parties of 4 bridesmaids and groomsmen. Is your wedding a destination weekend long affair with a Friday arrival party, Saturday pre-wedding activities like lighthouse or Lobster boat tours or a beach volleyball game, followed by a large ceremony and sit down reception with live music and an after party plus a Sunday brunch? These are all contributing factors to your final wedding costs.
What's wonderful about Maine weddings is you have so many options from casual in the countryside in a rustic chic barn or on the beach, to elegant and upscale at beautiful waterfront resorts where all your guests and wedding party are lodged. Kennebunkport weddings on the water can be more costly than a camp on Lake Sebago. A Bar Harbor Hotel wedding would be more expensive than getting married on a Maine farm in the country.
One of the biggest trends according to The Knot and Real Weddings is that Brides want their guests to have a great overall experience, a wedding is no longer just about tying The Knot, it's about a personalized themed wedding weekend with activities, events, parties before and after the actual ceremony and reception. Rehearsal Dinner and morning after brunches are becoming more the cool wedding trends. Maine is a perfect place to expand on these concepts with chartered boat rides or a sunset sail, beach gatherings, and ending with brunch at a waterfront restaurant before everyone departs for home.
Hopefully some of these numbers will help you plan your Maine wedding budgeting...
Maine Wedding cost averages and estimates:
Venue - $13,000
Photographer - $2,000
Wedding Planner - $1,800
Live Band - $3,400 or DJ $1,000
Flowers - $2,000
Videographer - $1,700
Wedding Dress - $1,200
Groom Tuxedo - $250
Wedding Cake or Cupcake Display - $500
Ceremony Venue - $1,500
Musician for Ceremony - $500
Invitations - $400
Limousine - $700
Party Favors - $250
Rehearsal Dinner - $1,100
Engagement Ring - $5,000
Catering Price Per Person - $65
These Wedding Cost Estimates are purely for a budget concept, and are based on The Knot survey of actual bride expenses for hired professionals, read: not Gramma's cupcakes served at the reception or cousin Joe's GoPro filming your wedding video. Your Maine wedding can be as luxurious or relaxed as you wish. Enjoy the wedding planning for your Maine event, and best wishes to you both.