How much does it cost to plan a wedding in Washington, DC?

November 25, 2019

How much does it cost to plan a wedding in Washington, DC?  I'm sure this is something many people are wondering! Today I am happy to provide a sample wedding budget for a Washington DC wedding. For this budget, I am working off of a $50,000 budget for 100 guests, with a venue within Washington DC. This is just a sample of what it may look like when you are planning based on general vendor costs.


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$50,000 Budget


$1,700 Wedding Dress

$300 Alterations

$200 Accessories


$200 Suit or Tux Rental for the Groom


Hair + Makeup for the Bride $400

Trial $200

Hair + Makeup for bridesmaids not included


Save the Dates $200

Invitations $600 

(includes postage)

Day-of stationery $400

(menus, escort cards, signs)


Venue Rental $10,000

Liability Insurance $100


Catering (includes menu, service, rentals) $14,000

Bar $2,500


Cake $900


DJ $1,800


Misc Rentals (lounge, vintage furniture, or photobooth) $1,000

Misc Etsy Decor $500


Florals $5,000


Partial Wedding Planning $5,000


Total = $50,000


Now, some things were not included on this list, such as: transportation, videographer, welcome bags, calligraphy, lighting


You may find your venue rental is not $10,000, so those savings could be applied elsewhere.  Examples of venues that would fit in this budget are: Carnegie Institution for Science, Hotel Monaco, Josephine Butler Parks Center, DAR, Westin Georgetown


I included partial planning from the wedding planner.  This means the planner is coming on board after you have secured some primary vendors, such as the venue, photography, catering or florals. The planner will help with the rest of the vendors, the design, logistics and onsite coordination.  


I hope this was helpful!



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