Setting Your Wedding Budget

One of the most important and difficult tasks when planning your wedding is setting a good wedding budget. Your wedding budget can make it or break not only your wedding plans but it can also destroy relationships. Weddings can be extremely expensive and cause huge anxiety. The average wedding can cost in the United States can cost over $20.000 and the honeymoon is not included. Some can even cost over $50,000. Imagine spending that on a one day event?


Granted, it may be the most important day of your life but it doesn’t have to break the bank. You have to decide what kind of wedding you really want and incorporate your plans into what you can afford. Once you have an idea on what money is available to you, you can start to estimate each cost.

Here is a good breakdown each element of your wedding and an approximate percentage of what the cost should be.

bride and groom attire –  10%

ceremony – 5%

reception – 50%

Pictures – 10%

Music – 5%

Wedding Planner – 10%

Flowers – 10%

Misc. 15%

Now these are only approximate percentages and once you get things in place, you can really work to trim each category.

No wedding budget is too big but no matter how much money you have to spend, your budget planning needs to be realistic. There are also breakdowns you can use as a rule of thumb on choosing a venue.
Weddings that are formal and are held in hotels or other popular wedding venues can be quite expensive and may require more money than you had planned.

The time of year for your wedding can also make a difference. The summer months typically are most popular and also expensive. Also, keep in mind the size of your wedding. Remember, the more guests you invite, the more expensive your wedding will be. We will get into “cost per person – or head” later.

formal weddingIf your looking to choose a formal sit-down dinner, it will also be more expensive than a buffet. Liquor can also take a large part of your wedding reception budget but don’t cross it off your list. There are so many ways to save without insulting your guests.

Don’t worry if your wedding budget doesn’t pay everything you can dream of when you first start planning It may have to make some concessions. Sometimes asking for a few more dollars for your “must have” extra can get you there but other simple changes can also be a solution.

The bride and groom should set up and manage the wedding budget together. Remember, it’s easy for things to get out of hand so keep it tight and organized. If your still wondering about “who pays for what”, just fill out your name and email below and we will send you our free e-book.

Thanks for visiting and wishing you wonderful wedding success!

Kay Kach

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