The Wedding Budget Breakdown

I love supporting your wedding dreams and providing you with curated information. And it’s true, you deserve a beautiful, high quality wedding. Quality food, impeccable servicea beautiful gownelegant decor, a venue that is beautiful and unique.

So I’m going to cut to the chase today with an incredibly helpful budget guide that I use with couples all the time. Whether or not your budget matches perfectly, I want you to think of this as a ruler by which to measure your own plans. If you know that the ceremony far outweighs the importance of the reception, then the money will shift accordingly. Let this serve you and your goals for your beautiful wedding day.The Westchester Wedding Planner, bhldn, BHLDN_4538Reception: 48%
(food and drink, the cake, the location fee, and other rentals)
Ceremony: 3%
(the marriage license, officiant fee, musician fees, and extras)
Attire: 9%
(your gown, the tux, shoes, accessories, jewelry, hair and makeup, headpiece/veil, cufflinks, suspenders, tie, etc!)
Flowers: 8%
(bouquets for you and your bridal party, boutonnières for the groom and groomsmen, the flower girl supply, centerpieces for the reception, and any other place you may want beautiful flowers)
Entertainment/Music: 8%
Photography/Videography: 10%
Stationery: 2%
(design and print charges for invitations and response cards, postage, guest book, and thank-you notes)
Wedding Rings: 3%
Parking/Transportation: 2%
(parking lot rental, airport pick up, shuttle to and from event)
Gifts: 2%
(to the parents, bridal, and groom’s parties)

If you can, save 5% of your budget for a “just-in-case” fund.

So for example, if you have $50,000 for your wedding, the costs break down to:

Reception: $24,000

Ceremony:  $1,500

Attire: $4,500

Flowers:  $4,000

Entertainment/Music: $4,800

Photography/Videography: $5,000

Stationery:  $1000

Wedding Rings:  $1,500

Parking/Transportation: $1,000

Gifts: $1,000

Extra: $2,500

Again, this changes based on YOUR values. So play with it, and have fun! (And make sure to send me pictures of how it goes.)

If you’re looking for some guidance around who’s family covers what, check out this clearly written article by Mindy Weiss on Bridal Guide. It’s extremely thorough and helpful!

Cheers to your love!

P.S. I recently posted about the hidden costs of a wedding, and the information has actual data on what the averages were. Check it out here.The Westchester Wedding Planner, bhldn, BHLDN_4539



Posted on May 12th, by Aida Krgin in Budget Tracker, Planning Tools. No Comments

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