Wedding Budget Tips

A wedding is usually one of the most expensive events to plan in a lifetime and when there is no one helping the married-couple-to-be, it is very important to create a budget and stick to it. Some weddings are intimate and not as demanding as other celebrations. They may cost less than $5,000. Other wedding plans are more elaborate, using a professional planner to lead the way, where costs sometimes exceed more than $100,000. To get an idea of the typical monetary breakdown of a wedding, below is an example of a budget set around $22,000 with a guest list of 150 attendants.

Reception

The reception is usually the most costly part of a wedding, which takes close to 50% of overall costs. When following a $22,000 budget, expect a figure around $10,780.

Photography and Videography

All newly married couples want a visual keepsake of their wedding, meaning the hiring of professional photographers is the best way to capture this very special moment. This can take up to 10% of the budget, meaning you can pay around $2,200. When ordering a video of the ceremony and reception – expect to pay extra. Sometimes, costs are about $1,320.

Flowers

Flowers help create the perfect setting and mood for a wedding by infusing the scene with elegance and appealing visuals. 8% of the budget is often used – taking $1,760 of a $22,000 budget.

Bridal Gown & Groom’s Attire

When sticking to a $22,000 budget, 7% of it is often used for the bridal gown, including the accessories. This means a wedding dress may cost around $1,540. Sometimes, a bride can save money by spending less on their dress or choosing a custom-design by the local tailor. Usually, the rental of a tuxedo including accessories takes up 1% of a budget, which may cost $220 or so (depending on where the attire is rented).

Music

In order to have guests working up a sweat on the dance floor, music is needed, which usually involves the hiring of a DJ, which often takes 6% of a budget (about $1,320). Rent a wedding band and you may spend 4% of your budget ($880).

Invitations

In order to alert family and friends to your special day, invitations are needed, which take up about 2% of funds. This may cost around $220 when working with a $22,000 budget.

Transportation

Depending on how you wish to travel to and from the ceremony, you may spend $440 (or 2%) of your budget. Cutting costs take place when chauffeured drives are substituted with self-drivers.

Miscellaneous Expenses

5% of your budget should be set aside for miscellaneous expenses, which may include the cost of the marriage license, blood tests, fees for officiating, gratuities, and other charges. This means spending $1,100 of a $22,000 budget.

Overall, this is an example of a wedding budget of $22,000, but this is not a set-in-stone breakdown, as many couples find numerous ways to save money. Also, brides and grooms often decide to spend more money in one area of planning than other

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