Monday, March 15th, 2010...3:19 pm

Ask Claudia: How Much Can a Long Island Wedding Cost?

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Kristie, Bay Shore

Q:  Claudia, What does a typical wedding budget look like for a Long Island bride?

A:  A typical Long Island wedding these days costs just over $55,000.   Can you believe it?   That’s a great deal of money to spend on just one day — but, it is the most important day of your life…The most expensive portion of your wedding will be the wedding venue, followed by entertainment (band or DJ), photographer and videographer, flowers/décor, invitations and transportation.  Of course, there’s lots more.   If you are just starting out with your wedding plans, or even if you are in the middle of planning, and have not written down a budget, I really encourage you to do that.   This will be your blueprint for everything that you purchase.   And it will guide you through decisions, as long as you stick to the numbers…!  Thanks for asking this most important question, Kristie!