I really don't like when Wedding Vendors give a couple a list of what the average spend is on Wedding Items. I have never given one of my couples such a list or budget, because there is no set formula. One couple will value the party, while the next is more interested in the decor. No two weddings will ever allot their budget the same way, everyone has different priorities.
To give an example: if someone gave me $50,000 to decorate and renovate my house, and they gave you the same money, we would spend it in two completely different ways. You may put it into a kitchen and bathrooms, whereas I may put it into the basement and flooring, etc.
Its all about priorities and to tell a couple, this is how you should be spending your money, could really mess up the planning process.
I understand some people just really like to know what the stats are, so here you go. Here is the average spend on weddings by Canadian couples, as compiled by Weddingsbells/Mariage Quebec Magazine.As you can see even the type and formality of the wedding affects how a couple will spend their money, so average is just that, average. Its not a guideline at all.
You will notice that Wedding Planners are not listed in the budget. Wedding Planners/Coordinators are not typically included in the budget, as they charge 10-15% of the TOTAL budget (excluding Honeymoon, unless they planned that too).