Congratulations, you're getting married! But now you've got to plan the thing. The first thing you need to figure out is your budget and what you've got to work with. From the big costs to the smaller items, everything adds up but with the right financial planning, you'll be able to make your big day perfect. A poll conducted for Global Newsfound that Canadians believe a realistic price tag for a wedding should be just under $9,000. But Jodi Gagné, wedding planner and founder of Simply Perfect, believes that's a serious low-ball. "You can do a cheaper wedding, but then you're going to the Justice of the Peace or it's a smaller group," says Gagné. "The best way you can manipulate your budget is by manipulating your guest count." A more realistic number? $40,000 to $50,000. That's based on 100 guests at $200 a person. A bit of a blow to the bank account? Maybe. But realistic nonetheless. Read on for a breakdown of the average cost in Canada for what you can expect. Keep in mind, Gagné works out of Toronto, and while you may find similar costs in other popular metropolitan areas like Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, the costs will differ slightly from province to province.
Average cost in Canada: $1,750
Gagné says you can spend anywhere from $1,500 and $2,000 for a DJ but advises against a band. "A band can range anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000, so with a $40,000 or $50,000 budget, a DJ is the way to go."