Planning a wedding? Be sure to ready your pockets; the majority of the wedding and events services in NSW saw higher prices this year compared to the previous year.
According to ServiceSeeking.com.au's recent pricing report, the average cost of catering, celebrants, flowers and decorations, invitations and cards, and music and entertainment all increased over the past year. The cost of hiring a celebrant in NSW alone soared by 250% — from only $100/hr in FY14, it now costs $350/hr on average. Hiring a band or musician for your event costs 60% higher this year as well; the average rate is now $160/hr. In contrast, limousine and car hire saw slightly lower prices this year. From $200/hr in FY14, it's now priced at an average of $180/hr this year.
Differing trends in pricing can be seen across various states in Australia. In Qld, for instance, the prices of most of the wedding and events services were reduced. SA and Vic, on the other hand, saw prices increase in some areas and decrease in others.
To make sure that you're getting the best wedding and events services, it's best to compare several quotes. Posting a job on the site allows you to receive as many as 12 quotes. You can also check out our list of the top wedding and event planners here.