Indian Wedding Cost in USA | Ultimate Guide | 2021-2022
Updated: Aug 6
I have spoken to thousands of South Asian couples after they got engaged and the obvious question on everyone's mind is "How much is this whole wedding thing going to cost?" So I put together this guide for our America based Indian bride and grooms (or parents) and figured you would benefit.
So how much does an Indian Wedding cost in the United States? The average cost of an Indian wedding in the USA is between $225,000 and $285,0000. This is for a wedding of 300 people in a major metro like Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, Houston and so on.
Most articles and existing information online will give you figures like "shaadi cost is between $50,000 and $500,000."
Well that's not too helpful is it?
The major cost components of an Indian wedding are:
and F&B which are illustrated below.
Combine that with your guest count and location, you'll be able to quickly figure out where on the spectrum you'll end up.
Additionally, in this post I'm going to give you some pricing estimates and guidelines on the average cost of a Big Fat Indian wedding in North America, in dollars, for the ENTIRE 2-3 day function, as well as per day and per vendor.
HINT: It's not cheap.
Even in India, you can do a small local wedding for $500, or do a big crazy one for a million dollars.
I plan, consult, audit and DJ Indian weddings every week and have seen hundreds (if not thousands) of hotel contracts, decorator bills, photographer estimates and much more. If you have questions comment them below and I will answer the first ten in detail!
1. Assumptions that we'll make on guest count, decorations, and type of Big Fat Wedding.
2. Primer on Hotels so you know the lingo. (e.g. F&B means food and beverage)
3. TOTAL INDIAN WEDDING COST again with more considerations so You Have time to Breathe.
4. Indian Wedding Cost Breakdown by Event (Sangeet/Mehendi/Ceremony/Reception)
5. Indian Wedding Cost by Vendor Infographic (Hotel/Decorator/Entertainment)
6. Notes & Extra Points to Consider
Indian weddings often times have the budget of a small business, so it's important we plan them properly so that everyone's expectations are set and they're no last minute surprises.
Society will audit mom and pop shops, so we started auditing Indian weddings because the average luxury Gujarati or Punjabi or Pakistani wedding wastes at least $10,000 on things that aren't required. You get so caught up in the overall expense you let things slide and only regret them later.