Setting the Budget: Planning Your Wedding

First, decide the type of wedding you can afford and the available amount to spend on the total wedding. Planning for a wedding includes budgeting for; ceremony, reception, attire, stationary, decorations, floral, music and miscellaneous fees. Trying to select how much of the budget to allocate to each can become overwhelming. We have researched traditional wedding fees and found the average percentage that gets allocated to each area of the wedding budget.

Reception fees include; the venue, catering, beverages and rentals. Include the wedding cake and thank you gifts or favors for guests, allocate 35%. Ceremony fees include; location, the officiant, ceremony accessories or rentals, allocate 3%.

The Attire should include the wedding gown, veil, accessories, hair and makeup for bride. Include the groom’s attire; suit and shoes. Some pay for the attire of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, allocate 15%.

Stationery fees include; the wedding invitations, save the date cards, postage stamps, table menus, placeholder cards or the seating arrangement board. Other printing or paper needs are included here, such as napkins or personalization, allocate 5%.

Typically floral and decorations can be budgeted as one include; the brides bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, grooms boutonnieres, groomsmen boutonnieres, aisle petals, unity ceremony accessories, ceremony draping, ceremony flowers, reception flowers, centerpieces, reception draping, table cloths and chair covers. Sometimes couples cover decorative lighting costs, allocate 12%.

The music budget will cover ceremony and reception entertainment fees. Most couples select a DJ, a live band or musicians. Some use an ipod or pre-recorded music, allocate 10%. Having a great photographer and a videographer is very important. Photos and wedding video may be the best source of the wedding day memories, allocate 15%. Plan ahead for miscellaneous fees; such as overtime charges, allocate 5%.

Wedding planners are available to help you with your event.

Melissa Reed, Cloud Nine Wedding Officiants
August 2, 2013

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