Many Ecuadorian families do not have enough money to have a large wedding. But for those with enough money, here are some sample costs.
The cost of the party depends of the city in Ecuador and the place where you will have your reception party. Prices range from $20- $40 per person, including food, decoration, wedding cake, music, place of the reception, and non alcoholics drinks (sparkling water, sodas). The average Ecuadorian wedding includes 200 guests.
Our customs are a little different from the US; we don’t have a rehearsal dinner. The parents of the groom usually pay for drinks and music and sometimes they will buy the bride’s wedding dress. The grandparents often offer to pay for the souvenirs, the wedding ring or the honeymoon. This is up to the grandparents and the parents of the bride will typically pay the remaining costs.
Recently, families divide the entire wedding cost between the 2 families. In some cases the bride and groom pay all costs.Here is an estimate for a typical wedding of 200 people.
- Whiskey $700
- Wedding Dress $500
- Souvenirs $600
- Honeymoon $500
- Reception $6,000