If you’re hoping to get engaged any time soon, here’s a sobering thought: the average Australian wedding costs more than $50k.
A survey of more than 500 Australian brides over the past two years found the average cost to be $51,245. Some had their wedding in that period; others are still in the planning (read: saving) stage.
That’s a jump from last year’s $48,624 average, say Wedded Wonderland, which conducted the survey.
Where’s all that money going? Their survey found that couples spend an average of $21,250 on venue hire (a $5750 jump from last year) and $3611 on photography (more than $1000 more than last year).
We were most shocked by the cash dropped on flowers and styling: a staggering $6704 on average. But the amount of Instagram likes those peonies and fairy lights would have attracted? Priceless.
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire.