Want to calculate an approximate price for your wedding reception in France?
This article describes prices of various wedding vendors in France.
Let’s start with the venue, as it is one of the most expensive elements in your budget. Most couples, both french and foreign, choose to host their wedding receptions in castles. It’s better if you have a private one and not a hotel-château, so that you can enjoy the privacy and intimacy of the place for the whole weekend.
Starting price is 3K€ for a weekend, which sometimes, but not always, include rooms. However, to get a beautiful, newly renovated castle with cosy and modern interior and gorgeous garden you should be prepared to pay somewhat between 5K€ and 10K€ per weekend.
These prices are relavant for castles near Paris, as well as for all others regions in France, except the Côte d’Azur. There, private villas or castles will cost you somewhat 10K€-17k€ per night.
Should you wish to have a reception in a typical « mas » in Provence, expect to pay from 4k€ to 10k€ per weekend. Note, that venues transformed in hotels are much more expensive than private ones, and require reservation of all rooms.
Let’s talk about catering now. In order to enjoy real french cuisine and have a great service, count at least 130€ per person. This price will include a cocktail, a starter, a main course, a dessert and a couple of glasses of wine. Open bar comes at a supplement. I would count one bottle of champagne per night per guest (that will include cocktail and dessert), which is anything from 17 to 40€ per person.
More luxurious meals from Michelin-starred chefs will cost around 250€-350€ per person.
Photography & Video. Prices start at around 4 500€ for ten hours of presence (photo+video). However, most of the time ten hours are not enough to capture bridal morning, photoshoot, ceremony, dinner, wedding cake and a party. 12 or even 15 hours of service are more realistic and will cost from 8k€ to 10k€ for both photo and video. For photography only count from 3 to 6k€. The trendiest photographers might charge you up to 8-10k€.
Should you have a reception with hundred or more guests, it’s a great idea to have two photographers and two cameramen.
Decoration. It’s really difficult to give a minimum cost and absolutely impossible to provide a maximum price tag.
Decorating your wedding venue and 6 tables (each for eigh people), and creating a cosy corner for photos may cost from 3k€ to 5k€. Should you need a voluminous
decor or ceiling decoration, count 6k€ to 8k€.
Make-up artist's services are priced differently depending on the "trendiness" and the experience of the person. The starting price tag is 250€ for both make-up and hair, however the price can go up to 600€. Add about 70€-150€ per person, should your bridesmaids and mum need a make-up or hair touch-up.
Dj, lights and live music.
A good DJ will charge you at least 1000€ for his services. However, to this amount should be added equipement renting fees (lighting, additional speakers, video projector, etc). Depending on the complexity of the event, the final price will be situated somewhere from 1.5k€ to 4k€.
Life music transforms any event in to a classy reception and sets the mood and the tone of the event. A duo or trio will charge you 750€-1000€ for two hours presence (perfect for a cocktail). Should you want to have a band or pianist, the bill can go up to 3-5k€.
If we take an average price for every item listed above, we will get somewhat around 23k€ per 40 guests (planning fees excluded). This is of course very approximate price, which can vary depending on your wishes.
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