Wedding and Elopement Pricing In America

Wedding Pricing

Lets take a look at some of the numbers together, and while there is a pretty big gap between lowest and highest pricing there are some really good reasons why and great things to take into consideration when making final decisions. Well start with weddings and all that bigger events like this entail.

1. Venue

Cost: $5,000 – $30,000+ could even be more realistically.

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Location: venues are more expensive than outer boroughs.
  • Type: Ballrooms, rooftop venues, and historic landmarks vary in price.
  • Season: Peak wedding season (spring and fall) often commands higher prices.

2. Catering

Cost: $100 – $300+ per person

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Type of meal: Plated dinners cost more than buffets.
  • Menu: High-end ingredients and multi-course meals increase costs.
  • Beverages: Open bars significantly add to the budget.

3. Photography/Videography Per Vendor

Cost: $3,000 – $15,000+ The average is around 5k-7k and this is where my pricing lives.

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Experience: Established professionals charge more. Do you wanna work with someone with 1-3 years of experience vs 10+.
  • Coverage: Full-day coverage is pricier than a few hours.
  • Packages: Additional add ons like second shooters, extra 35mm film.
  • Location: Most vendors charge some fees for travel, with increases in gas, parking, and the need to take private transportation with expensive gear.

4. Attire

Cost: $2,000 – $10,000+ for the bride, $500 – $3,000+ for the groom

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Designer: Designer dresses and custom suits are more expensive.
  • Alterations: Often an additional cost.
  • Accessories: Shoes, jewelry, and other accessories add to the budget.

5. Flowers and Décor

Cost: $2,000 – $15,000+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Season: Seasonal flowers are cheaper than out-of-season imports.
  • Complexity: Elaborate arrangements increase costs.
  • Décor items: Candles, lighting, and linens add to expenses.

6. Entertainment

Cost: $2,000 – $10,000+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Type: DJs are less expensive than live bands.
  • Duration: Longer performances cost more.
  • Extras: Special requests or additional performers add to the price.

7. Invitations and Stationery

Cost: $500 – $2,000+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Design: Custom designs are more expensive than templates.
  • Printing: High-quality materials increase costs.
  • Extras: Save-the-dates, programs, and thank you cards add to the budget.

8. Planner/Coordinator

Cost: $3,000 – $15,000+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Service level: Full-service planning is more expensive than day-of coordination.
  • Experience: Experienced planners with a strong portfolio charge more.

9. Miscellaneous Costs

  • Favors: $5 – $20+ per guest
  • Transportation: $500 – $2,000+
  • Cake: $500 – $2,000+
  • Officiant: $300 – $1,000+
  • Hair and Makeup: $200 – $1,000+ per person

Average Total Cost

The average cost of a wedding can range from $50,000 to $100,000 or more, depending on the chosen venues and vendors.

Elopement Pricing

breakdown of typical elopement costs:

1. Travel and Accommodation

Cost: $1,000 – $10,000+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Location: Central Park vs. luxury hotel rooftop or City Hall. An Air BnB in the Poconos or Catskills.
  • Duration: Longer stays and travel from out of state can increase costs.

2. Officiant

Cost: $300 – $1,000+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Location: Experience and caliber of the Officiant. In PA you don’t need an Offciant you can self marry in something called quaker law check this link HERE
  • Extras: Customized ceremonies or additional legal paperwork might increase the cost.

3. Photography

Cost: $1,000 – $5,000+ Again the average cost is 2-3k similar to my pricing.

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Coverage: A few hours vs. full-day coverage.
  • Experience: Established professionals charge more.
  • Add Ons:

4. Attire

Cost: $500 – $3,000+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Simpler options: Elopement attire is often less formal and thus less expensive.
  • Accessories: Minimal accessories compared to a full wedding ensemble.

5. Flowers and Décor

Cost: $200 – $1,000+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Bouquet and boutonniere: Simple arrangements are typical.
  • Minimal décor: Often limited to a few key pieces.

6. Legal Fees

Cost: $50 – $200+

  • Factors influencing cost:
  • Marriage license: Varies by location.

Average Total Cost

Elopements in typically range from $3,000 to $20,000, depending on the chosen location, luxury level, and included services.


  • Traditional Wedding Average Cost : $50,000 – $100,000+
  • Elopement Average Cost in: $3,000 – $20,000

Savings: Eloping in can save couples $30,000 or more, offering a more intimate, less stressful, and budget-friendly alternative to a traditional wedding.


  • Intimacy: Elopements offer a more private and intimate experience.
  • Budget: Traditional weddings can be significantly more expensive than elopements.
  • Planning: Both options require planning, but elopements are generally less complex and time-consuming.

Deciding between a traditional wedding and elopement in depends on your budget, preferences for intimacy, and desire for a more or less elaborate celebration.


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Dylan & Jordan

“Gianna was such an amazing part of our wedding. She was so flexible, accommodating, and friendly. Everyone loved her work. She first shot an engagement shoot with us and after that we knew we wanted her for the wedding. Those photos were a hit and everyone wanted to know who shot us. She was attentive when taking shots guiding us to get the most flattering ones and patient when we needed breaks or weren’t feeling the shots. She’s super down to earth and intuitive. We have her bookmarked for any future events and gave her info out to guests as well.”

Mischa & Samir

“I cannot say enough good things about Gianna. Her documentary-style vibe was the perfect fit for our more laid-back elopement + party. We never wanted anything to feel forced or cheesy. She has genuinely mastered the art of taking authentic and real pictures that are still so beautiful.
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Kait & Jerry

“Gianna was brilliant I’m so happy we chose her to photograph our wedding. She was very flexible with timings (even last minute changes on the morning of) and made us feel relaxed and ourselves. My favorite thing is that she shot on film and digital, so special to have both mediums. She’s truly a master of her craft and a wonderful human. Thanks Gianna for giving us the best memories to keep forever”

Olivia & David

“So when you elope from Tennessee to have your wedding in NYC you want the best of everything; the best location, the ceremony, and the best photographer, and that is what we had! Gianna made our wedding a true fairytale! Gianna brought the city to us! Our photos were so unique and creative. We had so much fun traveling around the city that she knows so well. She captured the brilliance and magic of her New York and shared it with us, making our day so very special. The photos bring back the feel of day to us each time we see them.”

Lucy & Gary

“Gianna was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her passion, charisma, and energy really shines in her elopement photography. Her attention to detail and professionalism really blew us away. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer for our New York City wedding. Gianna has a strong knowledge of the city and knew all of the best places to take stunning photos. Our family and friends could not get over how well our photos turned out and thought they should be featured in magazines! We will always have such vivid memories from our special day whenever we look at Gianna’s photos. Thank you for everything Gianna!”

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