How much does a wedding cost for 100 guests in South Africa?

The cost of a wedding for 100 guests in South Africa can be well within a budget, not exceeding R100 000, but many factors can alter this.

Your wedding day is one of the most momentous and joyful days of your life. On this day, you choose to commit to the one person you have chosen to spend the rest of your life with because you love each other and see a life together, till death do you part.

As much as weddings can be a beautiful day of celebrating love, they are not cheap and a whole lot of planning and spending goes towards putting together a wedding successfully. Because of the expense of weddings, more people choose to have smaller weddings.

The benefit of a smaller wedding

Weddings are not cheap, and at the end of the day, you need to set a realistic budget for a wedding day. The more expensive it becomes to have bigger weddings, the more people are opting for smaller, intimate weddings with no more than 100 guests.

This can get complicated in terms of who does and does not get an invite, but ultimately, the benefits of having a smaller wedding will keep you within a more relaxed budget. You can save significantly on costs as opposed to how much you would possibly have spent on a bigger wedding.

How much does a wedding cost for 100 guests in South Africa?

The cost of a wedding generally varies due to a number of factors such as the location of the wedding, the venue, the number of guests, the food and entertainment, the wedding attire, wedding décor, and more.

Since South Africa is quite the diverse country too, rich in many cultures and traditions, considering the type of wedding you are having between a traditional or modern, or a western white wedding, the costs can also differ with regard to that.

More people are becoming content with having smaller, more intimate weddings to avoid the unnecessary costs of bigger weddings. When this happens, it means that the guest lists becomes much smaller too.

For people that are having a wedding with 100 guests only, they can expect to pay between R70 000 and R80 000 on average and up to R100 000. A major part of the wedding costs to take into consideration is the number of guests.

This is because most wedding venues accommodate each guest, as they charge for the “number of heads” at a wedding, meaning each guest costs a certain amount.

Since prices per head can reach up to R700 or R800, the cost of weddings, even for 100 people can easily go up to or surpass the R100 000 mark.

The most expensive aspects of a wedding

Setting aside a good 50 percent of your budget for some of the things that will cost you the most for your wedding is a good approach to take.

Things like the venue, and catering will be big expenses in your budget and are often the most important costs.

On average, around R50 000 to R60 000 can help you secure quite a decent, beautiful venue for the wedding that could include catering costs. In this way you would have secured a good venue and you will know that your guests are catered for.

How to potentially split your wedding budget

With 50 percent of your wedding budget having secured you a wedding venue and catering expenses, the rest of your wedding budget can be split up smartly to help you better manage it.

Percentage of budget Allocation
20 percent ·    Wedding dress and attire

·    Wedding accessories

·    Wedding décor and floral arrangements

·    Entertainment

·    Photographers and videographers

10 percent ·    Wedding invites

·    Personalised décor (if you choose to have it)

·    The wedding cake and sweet stuff

·    Any religious items to be incorporated into the wedding

10 percent ·    Anything you like or value as a couple

·    Extra creative aerial shot video capture of your wedding with a drone

·    A dessert bar touch

·    Things that make you unique as a couple

10 percent ·    Extras that may arise

·    In case of any emergency costs

Extra traditional costs that may matter

Since South Africa is filled with plenty of cultures, Black cultures in particular have their own additional costs that come into play with weddings. Lobola (a bride price) is a cost for the groom and his family to consider paying to the family of the bride.

Often this takes place at the Lobola negotiations, which is sort of a small ceremony or intimate event on its own, usually before the wedding. Once Lobola is paid, it is said that the couple is officially married in the traditional sense.

The Lobola negotiation ceremony has its own costs, to put the ceremony together, welcome the families, and feed them, while the actual cost of Lobola is accounted for as well.