How Much Do Wedding Planners Get Paid in Australia- Wedding Planners Salary

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Wedding Planners Salary Australia


In this post we will discuss wedding planners salary Australia.  We will  discuss the average hourly rate for wedding planners and wedding coordinators and their yearly wage- based location, city and experience.  There is also several other ways that wedding planners earn a living- through self employment.  On this article we will list the common ways wedding planners structure their wedding packages and how they get paid.

“How Much Can You Earn as a Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator in Australia? “

“Watch the Video Above to Discover The Average Wedding Planners Salary in Australia”


As a wedding professional and course director of  ‘The Wedding Planner Institute’ , I get a lot of budding wedding planners ask me about the potential salary you can earn as a Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator. So in the video above I have given you a break down of potential salary being employed by a wedding venue, as well as if you were self employed, working with your own independent clients.


Wedding Coordinator Salary at a Wedding Venue


The common salary of a full time wedding coordinator at a  larger wedding venue is around $60,000  per year.  This all depends on the size of the wedding venue, and the amount of weddings they have each year.  The more responsibility you have as a wedding coordinator, and the more weddings you are looking after, the higher the salary.  If you are at a smaller venue, or work in a country town,  your salary may be calculated at an hourly rate.  Hourly rates as an employee can be from $25 – $35 per hour depending on experience.


Larger wedding venues where there is multiple weddings per week that require a whole team to run the events may require a Weddings and Events Team Manager.  This would attract a higher salary of around $80,000 +.


wedding planners salary in australia and pay scale guide including hourly rate
Yearly salary can also depend on the state that you live in, and city vs smaller town. 


Average Salary Metro City:  $60,000

( For example:  Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth )

Average Salary Smaller City:  $45,000- $55,000

( For example:  Gold Coast, Adelaide, Hobart, Mackay, Townsville, New Castle, Darwin.)

Average Wedding / Events Manager Salary:   $80,000



Independent Wedding Planner Salary 


If you are self employed in the wedding industry working as a wedding planner, your  salary would be based on the amount of clients you have, and your average invoice per client.  


Image Credit:  Top Wedding Planner  at Ivy and Bleu Weddings and Events


Here are three main ways wedding planners charge:


1. As a percentage of the wedding budget


2. Commissions  and referral fees from other wedding suppliers


3. Set package prices with set rates and responsibilities.


If the wedding planner is working  for a percentage of the wedding budget,  the most common percentage is 10%.  So if the overall wedding budget was $35,000  the wedding planner fee would be $3,500.  


Wedding planners can add to their potential income by referral commissions.  Some wedding suppliers may agree to lower their prices for some  wedding planners, giving the bride a better price, and also allowing the wedding planner to earn a referral fee. Wedding suppliers will do this in order to get regular work with the wedding planner.  It also saves the supplier time in client meetings, as the wedding planner will be liasing most of the details.


Another popular way wedding planners charge is through their own packaged pricing system.  Wedding planners will create their own ‘packaged service’  with a list of services they will provide and responsibilities  for a set price.  This makes it clear to the bride what they will get from the  wedding planning service within a set budget.  The Wedding Planner Institute teaches budding wedding planners how to put together their own wedding packages in their Wedding Business Course.


The starting prices of most wedding wedding packages can be from around $990  for on the day wedding coordination service, to $3,500 upwards, depending on the amount of time the wedding planner will spend planning, and her responsibility.

wedding planners salary and wedding decorator salary in Australia

Wedding Planners Salary Australia-  Job titles and responsibilities can include wedding coordination, scheduling other vendors, wedding styling and decorating, event management, food and beverage management and sales.


Wedding Decorator/ Wedding Stylist Salary


Wedding decorators and stylists will work on set packages as well as custom quotes.  If a wedding planner is working  with their own clients, they will get paid per wedding that they do.


Wedding stylists and decorators if employed can earn anywhere from $20- $30 per hour depending on skill and experience.
wedding planners salary in australia and guide to wedding decorators salary and hourly wage
Wedding Planners Salary Australia- Image Credit: Wedding Stylist at  Wedding Stylist at The Style Co.


Mid Range Wedding Ceremony Styling Invoice:   $500-$1500        (80 guests, mid-range budget)


Average Wedding Reception Styling Invoice: $1800- $2500        (80 guests, mid-range budget)


High Range Wedding Ceremony Styling Invoice:      $ 1500- $3,500     (100 + guests, high-range budget)


High Range Wedding Reception Styling Invoice:      $4,500- $8,000  (100 + guests, high-range budget)


* Another factor  to consider is the amount of fresh flowers.  If the client requires more fresh florals, the invoice price can increase dramatically.


I hope that you find this useful!
Do you have questions about salary or how much to charge?  Email us at Have you found a different type of client that has booked a wedding planning service?  Comment in the box below!  We’d love to hear about it!


Annette x
The Wedding Planners Institute



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