Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Your Wedding Budget

We all know how expensive weddings can be, but it really doesn't have to leave you in debt.
It is very important for the couple and their parents (if contributing), to sit together and come up with a budget. Here are the major areas you will need to cover and the recommended percentage to spend on each area. These are just general suggestions, but may be very helpful in coming up with a preliminary budget.

The Reception 50%
Most of the budget will go towards the reception
Site fee (if any), bar, wedding cake etc.

Music 10%
Include ceremony, cocktail hour and reception music

Flowers 10%
You will need to include flowers for ceremony, centerpieces and personal flowers/bouquets

Wedding Attire 10%
Your dress, alterations, undergarment, jewelry/accessories, Hair, Make-up, Groom's attire

Photography & Video 10%
Engagement Shoot, Day of Video and Photo Package, Albums

Stationery 10%
Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Calligraphy, Postage (dont forget this),Programs, Placecards, Table Numbers, Menus, Guestbook, Thank you cards

Miscellaneous 10%
Rings, Gifts for Bridal Party, Marriage License, Rehearsal dinner, Transportation, Favors, Officiant fee etc.

It is very easy to go over budget. If you spend more or less on one area, you should take from or add to another area to balance it out.

1 comment:

  1. Great post.

    It's definitely important for anyone planning a wedding to understand just how everything is broken down...from the reception, to the wedding cake, flowers and so on. This way they can budget accordingly.