Photos and Words by Shawn Taylor
Recently over on the Newfoundland Brides Wedding Planning Discussion group the question of “How Much Is an Average Newfoundland Wedding Budget?” was asked.
The answers from Newfoundland Brides varied - $5k? 10k? 30k?
How much is the average wedding budget is a question economists and journalists across the country are constantly trying to answer.
Although the answer will vary from area-to-area - province-to-province - the CBC reports the average Canadian wedding comes in at about $30k.
Many magazines and industry insiders agree that $30k is a pretty popular budget amount for an average Canadian wedding.
Traditionally Newfoundland only sees about 2000 of those 160,000 weddings across the country with budgets across the board.
Things can vary budget wise - but most common wedding budgets seem to fall into a handful of ballparks including - $10k weddings, $30K weddings, $50k plus weddings and the increasingly popular 'we do what we want weddings.'
'We do what we want' couples generally shy away from tradition and spend $1500 - $5000 on an epic party - usually in the form of a private residence or renting out a restaurant or a couple cabins for the weekend to celebrate casually with friends and family.
Ever had Mary Browns for 50 delivered? - It's usually good times.
Basically there are options for an amazing day at almost any budget.
St. Johns based wedding photographer Jennifer Dawe says she can help any bride save on their wedding day budget.
Many planning their Newfoundland wedding find answers to their questions and save money over on the Newfoundland Brides Wedding Planning Discussion group, Dawe who created the group in 2014 says joining in on the local discussion can be a great way for local brides to save money.
“I created two Facebook groups to help couples with their wedding planning.
The first was the Newfoundland Brides Wedding Planning group, where brides could chat about everything to do with planning here in Newfoundland.
It took off overnight, and since then, it's been the primary local resource for couples looking to tie the knot here in our province.
The second group was a spin-off of the first. The Newfoundland Brides Buy and Sell group is filled with listings for all kinds of used and brand new wedding items.
With over 13,000 members, the buy and sell group has almost everything you could want to purchase for your wedding is listed. You name it, you can likely find it there, at an incredible price. It is the easiest way to save money during your planning process.”