that is a VERY BROAD question, there is so many aspects that even a rough number is impossible. It depends what you want, how much you can get it for and what you budget for, it could be anywhere from a few thousands to a few hundred thousands. It also depends on how many people and what kind of service you want.
You can do a nice wedding on a tight budget I did and practically planned it all myself. Well I did to be honest. Best thing to do is take a whole year and plan in advance. I used orientaltrading.com for some things needed in bulk and also another good site is www.theknot.com this site has a guest list you can add yourself to plan better and it has a list of all duties for bridesmaids and best man and maid of honor or matron. The difference is a maid of honor is one who is not married and a matron is one who is. Also I got my husbands wedding ring online at overstock.com and they have a good selection. I also bout silk flowers and the floral tape and ribbon and made my own bouquets and boutineers but my second wedding I used a woman on ebay as she has bundles at awesome prices and you can ask for whatever you want and she will make them.
my wedding is costing $25,000 and counting!! and we aren't even HALF way finished! don't listen to what they are saying, have a wedding! it is the one day a girl can pretend to be a princess, and care about nothing but herself and her husband (:
It's quite different in different places, especially in different countries and culture. In China the wedding costs around USD 15,000 on average. Compared with Chinese average salary at present, wedding cost is very expensive. Moreover, according to Chinese culture, the husband's side should have ( or buy) a house for the new couple. So, what's the final exact cost of a decent wedding?
Free. Approach your significant other and say, are you my wife/husband? If they respond with, yes, then say then I am your husband/wife. Everything else is a waste of time. Ceremonies, witnesses, long winded statements, religion, government. All of that is pointless distraction and fluff. You can find better things to spend money on and far more useful things to spend all that time and energy.
If you already asked this person/were asked and exchanged this agreement, then all that is needed to be said/done is achieved. If this has happened, congratulations, you can now stop worrying about wasting your time and money and spend that energy on something worthwhile. Hey, is that a starving/homeless/enslaved/helpless person over there? I bet they could use the effort of 50+ people and 1000's of dollars.
honey it really all depends on what kind of wedding you want and how much time you have. This is a good time to know people to. The best way to have a cheap but nice wedding is to Do It Yourself. If you can bake or know someone who can tht will save you a bunch. Dresses there are tons of places tht sell cheap gowns you just have to look hard. flowers put them together yourself. I am a photographer but i do it for cheap cause im just starting out so i met a ton of couples who had beautiful weddings for around 500. But if you have friends with decent cameras tht helps alot. Congrats and good luck with the wedding
Plan it how you would plan any other Special event or vacation. Get the most that you can without going into debt. Don't be too cheap, nor too extravagant. 2 people are getting married, and that is where the focus should be. Do what works for you both. Family and friends HAVE to be secondary. If you want a special ceremony, or your fiance wants a special ceremony, then have a special ceremony. That will be the first thing you have to decide on, in a long (hopefully) list of decisions to come. Good Luck and Congrats.