Understanding Wedding Costs, To Help You Budget

Average Wedding Costs for Charles County, MD in 2013

On average, couples in the U.S. spend $25,631 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $19,223 and $32,039. This does not include cost for a honeymoon. Understanding wedding cost now can help you with your wedding budget later.



Couples that live in or travel to Charles, MD (County) spend between $22,299 and $37,165 on average for their wedding. You should expect to spend 50% to 100%+ more when choosing well-experienced professionals, designer labels, popular event locations, unique or custom products and services. The amount you spend may also be affected by the number of guests you invite to your wedding.


The average wedding cost is based on number of guests estimated between 137 and 157. A single guest could add between $182 and $222 to the overall cost of your wedding. The best way to save money on your wedding is to control the number of guests.


Average Wedding Cost in Charles, MD (County) is based on the spending of other couples getting married, not wedding vendor prices. Spending and prices can vary widely. Investigate all options and choose products and services that best meet your needs.

  • Dress accessories includes; Tiara, Combs, Hair Pins, Garter, Shoes, Jewelry (not the engagement ring or wedding bands), ect.
  • Tuxedo/suit/other accessories includes; Cuff links, Cummerbund, Tie, Pocket Square, Shoes, Jewelry (not the engagement ring or wedding bands), etc.
  • Ceremony accessories includes; Aisle Runner, Ring Pillow or Box, Unity Candle, etc. not flowers or decorations
  • Ceremony Officiator includes; JP, Officiant, Ordained Friend or Family, Pastor, Minister, Priest, etc.
  • Other transportation includes; Shuttles, Antique Car, Horse & Carriage, etc.
  • Reception accessories includes; Toasting Flutes, Cake Topper, Serving Set, etc. not flowers or decorations
  • Reception rentals includes; Lighting, Tent, Tables, Chairs, Photo Booth, etc.



Entertainment Costs by Type & Price Range

Entertainment Type 
Average Cost  
Spending for Well-experienced Professionals 
DJ $610 - $1,016  $1,220 - $1,626+ 
Live Band $1,345 - $2,241 $2,690 - $3,586+
Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble $469 - $781 $938 - $1,250+ 



When selecting your entertainment, you will want to consider many factors. Of the three listed in the chart above, the DJ will provide the most bang for the buck when it comes to your wedding ceremony & reception.


We aren't just saying this because we are DJs, but it is a fact... DJs will often be able to play a variety of music to suit the needs of you and your guests, ensure that sound fills your entire reception, and will be able to emcee/MC your event, to include announcing your: intros, bouquet toss, garter pull/toss, etc. AND more importantly, your DJ will likely not need a break from playing.


However, Musicans & Soloists are a nice touch for your ceremony - but keep in mind that MANY DJs will provide sound support for ceremonies and can easily play any song you want for you ceremony.




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