What is the average cost of a wedding in Nashville? Music city is a popular destination for bachelorette parties, but did you know it’s also an amazing place to tie the knot? With over 150 wedding venues in and around Nashville, the beautiful scenery, and amazing vendors, it makes for the perfect perfect place to say “I Do.”
But how much does an entire wedding cost in Nashville, TN? This answer can vary greatly depending on what a couple is looking for. You can really spend as little $2,500 or less (for things like elopements) or even upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Average Cost Of A Wedding In Nashville
The average cost of a wedding in Nashville and surrounding areas in 2019 was $24,455 (Wedding Report). But of course this number can drastically change depending upon how many guests you are having, what type of venue you are wanting, accommodations, etc. Don’t pay too much attention to this number because “One $1 million wedding can bring up the average of thousands of $10,000 weddings (Jessica Bishop, Founder of The Budget Savvy Bride).
When planning a wedding in Nashville, or even anywhere, it is best to set your budget right away. You will be able to find vendors and venues in your budget after you set that number. After setting a number, it will be very helpful to hire a wedding planner in Nashville. They will be able to plan within your budget and will be familiar with the vendors and venues in the area. They may even be able to negotiate on your behalf.
Many brides think it may be cheaper to plan a wedding themselves rather than hire a planner. While this is sometimes (and I mean sometimes) the case, it is often not true. It is not worth the stress of planning your own wedding, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area and don’t have event planning experience.
The average cost of a wedding venue in Tennessee is $11,277 (The Knot, 2016). (Still searching for a venue? Check out this article: Top 25 Nashville Wedding Venues) Being in Nashville you can expect this number to be a little higher than the state average. The cost of your venue will depend on what type of venue you are wanting.
Nashville has plenty of options to choose from, such as barns, farms, estates, mansions, gardens, churches, bars, and more. It will also depend on how many guests and what type of wedding you are having (elopement, intimate, day-of, or weekend), among other things. Prices of venues can also vary dramatically depending on the season. Off peak wedding season dates (December – March) are usually much cheaper than peak wedding dates which are usually April – November.
As with most things on this list, wedding gown prices can differ depending on what you are looking for. The average price for a wedding dress in Tennessee is $1,402 (The Knot, 2016) and the national average is $1,631 (PR Newswire, 2018). Looking for the perfect wedding dress? Check out The 12 Best Bridal Shops in Nashville!
If you’re looking for a custom gown this price will be a bit higher, but this is another thing we recommend spending more on. If you are having your wedding in the Nashville area, consider going to Olia Zavozina’s Bridal Shop. They have some of the best dresses around and many of our brides have had gowns from here.
If you’re looking to spend less than the average, there are now ways to actually rent a wedding gown. There are also some beautiful dress finds and thrift stores!!
The cost of wedding planners also varies. It depends on whether you get a full time planner, part time planner, or just a day-of coordinator. It is important to note that some venues may require a full time planner.
The average cost of an event planner in Tennessee in 2016 was $1,570 (The Knot). The national average for a wedding planner is $2,002 (PR Newswire, 2018). Some wedding planners have a base price or a one time price, but other planners charge a percentage cost of the entire wedding. It is important to ask these questions when deciding on a planner.
The price of photographers usually depends on how long they will be at the event. Many photographers charge hourly, while some have a set price for a set number of hours, and some even charge per photo! The Tennessee average for a photographer in 2016 is $2,328 (The Knot) and the National average is $2,679 (PR Newswire, 2018). You can of course spend as little or as much as you want.
Some couples even let family members or friends be the photographer to save a little bit, but you may be compromising on quality if they aren’t a professional. We always recommend that our brides hire a good photographer because you’ll want to be able to look back on great photos!
The national average for a wedding videographer is $2,021 (PR Newswire, 2018). Usually price corresponds with quality, so do your research and make sure the videographer fits your style!
Florals & Decor
Prices for florals and decor depend on what type of wedding you are having and how extravagant you want the it to look. Florals alone can be very expensive. Fortunately, this is an area where you can save a lot with DIY decor, if your venue allows. The national average for florals & decor is $2,411 (PR Newswire, 2018).
The wedding cake or desserts can also vary. It’s very popular now to have wedding cake alternatives such as cakepops, donut walls, macaroons, and more! All of these can be much less expenses than a traditional wedding cake. The Tennessee average cost of a wedding cake is $636 (The Knot, 2016). However, if you are wanting to use a boutique bakery in Nashville you can expect the cost to rise greatly.
Many brides are also skipping the wedding cake cutting tradition and just serving sheetcakes. One of our brides ordered sheet pan wedding cake from Whole Foods and it was only $90 a sheet!
The cost of music at a wedding greatly depends on whether or not you want a live band or a DJ. The national average cost of a band is $4,247 and the average cost of a DJ is $1,292 (PR Newswire, 2018). Being in Nashville you will have lots of different options for both live bands and DJs on each end of the price spectrum.
We recommend you do your research on what bands you like and then reach out to them! There are so many talented under-the radar-bands in Nashville that would be amazing at a wedding.
Also don’t forget to book a ceremony singer / musician! The national average cost for a ceremony musician is $797 (PR Newswire, 2018). However, being in Nashville there will be plenty of talented people to choose from… it’s are called Music City for a reason!
I will write this over and over again because it is the truth: it depends. The national average cost of wedding invitations is $386 (PR Newswire, 2018). If you go with a website such as Minted you can expect to pay somewhere around this price depending on the number of invitations you want.
However, if you’re going to go with a local calligraphist it will be more, but your invites will be SO pretty! If you want to go with someone local, we would recommend White Ink Calligraphy.
The national average cost of a rehearsal dinner is $1,297 (PR Newswire, 2018). The biggest variable in the cost of a rehearsal dinner is how many guests there are going to be. There are caterers in Nashville who specifically do weddings and events, but there are also some amazing restaurants around town who also cater. If you and your S.O. have a favorite restaurant around town, consider asking them if they offer event catering.
The national average cost of reception dinner catering is $70 per person (PR Newswire, 2018). See Rehearsal dinner section for more information on catering.
The average national cost of an officiant is $286 (PR Newswire, 2018). This may differ in Tennessee because we have a law that no one ordained online can perform the wedding. It has to be a religious affiliated person or a government official. Many officiants from churches around the area will actually officiate a wedding for little to no cost.
Hair & Makeup
The makeup national average for the $82 and hair is $123 (PR Newswire, 2018). If you are getting your hair and makeup done, it is important to find a place who will do a trial run with you so you know that you like your wedding look! You can easily save on this by having a friend or family member to your wedding hair and makeup or doing it yourself.
So now you know a bit more about the average cost to have a wedding in Nashville, TN. The main takeaway is this: don’t pay too much attention to these averages. Every bride and groom is different, and every vendor / venue is different too. If you want a budget wedding here in Nashville and are willing to DIY, you will be able to do that and find accommodations. Same goes for couples who are looking to have a more luxury wedding with a generous budget. There is something for everyone here in Nashville, so don’t let these averages turn you away from having a wedding in our beautiful city :)
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