September 23, 2019

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Emily Pottiger

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The “perfect” Wedding Budget


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Okay, no wedding budget is perfect, but hopefully, this can give you an idea on what you might expect to pay for some of your vendors or services.

So whether you’re on a budget or not – this may be a good rule of thumb for allocation with your wedding finances.

ATTIRE – 7% [$2,800]

Things that this could include:

  • Wedding dress

  • Wedding dress alterations

  • Specialty undergarments

  • Veil

  • Wedding shoes

  • Bridal jewelry/ accessories

  • Groom’s tux & shoes

  • Reception outfit – if you’re changing

  • Post-wedding brunch outfit

  • Rehearsal dinner outfit

  • Bachelor/bachelorette outfit

  • Bridal shower outfit

  • Engagement photos outfit

  • Engagement party outfit

CAKE – 2% [$800]

Things that this could include:

  • Cake

  • Cake display

  •  Sheet cake for extra servings

  • Cake topper

  • Cake stand

  • Delivery fee

  • Additional dessert

  • Preservation kit for one-year anniversary

 CEREMONY – 2% [$800]

Things that this could include:

  • Ceremony site

  • Officiant fee

  • Marriage license

  • Ceremony accessories

 FAVORS & GIFTS – 2% [$800]

  • Wedding favors

  • Wedding party gifts

FOOD – 18% [$7,200]

Things that this could include:

  • Tasting appointment

  • Rehearsal dinner

  • Hors D’oeuvres

  • Plated, buffet, or family style meal

  • Food stations

  • Service staff

  • catering equipment

  • Catering rentals

  • Vendor meals

  • Service charge

  • Setup and cleanup fee

 MUSIC – 8% [$3,200]

Things that this could include:

  • Ceremony musicians

  • Cocktail hour music

  • Reception DJ

  • Live band

  • Microphone (mostly for toasts)

  • Sound system

 PHOTOGRAPHY &/OR VIDEO – 14% [$5,600]

Things that this could include:

  • Engagement session

  • Rehearsal dinner coverage

  • Wedding day coverage

  • Same day edit

  • Highlight reel

  • Feature film

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Until next time,

Emily

BEAUTY – 2% [$800]

Things that this could include:

  • Pre-wedding cuts

  • Waxing

  • Facials

  • Mani & Pedi

  • Lash extensions – if desired

  • Hair trial appointment

  • Day-of wedding hairstyle

  • Makeup trial appointment

  • Day-of wedding makeup

DRINKS – 8% [$3,200]

Things that this could include:

  • Cocktail hour drinks

  • Champagne toast

  • Reception drinks

  • Open bar

  • Beer and wine

  • Speciality cocktails

  • Bartender service

  • Mixers

  • Non-alcoholic beverages

  • Glassware – if it isn’t included in your packages

  • Bar signage

    Bartender gratuity

FLOWERS & DECOR – 8% [$3,200]

Things that this could include:

  • Bouquets

  • Boutonnieres

  • Corsages for mothers & grandmothers

  • Flowers for flower girl

  • Ceremony arrangements

  • Specialty decor rentals

  • Delivery fees

INVITES & PAPER – 2% [$800]

Things that this could include:

  • Save the dates

  • Wedding invitations

  • Post wedding brunch invitations

  • Envelopes

  • Postage

  • Return address labels

  • Wedding ceremony programs

  • Place cards

  • Menu cards

  • Favor labels

  • Thank you cards

RECEPTION VENUE – 18% [$7,200]

Things that this could include:

  • Room rental fee

  • Venue deposit

  • Ceremony fee – if held in a different location

  • Dance floor rental – if not included

  • Tax and service fee

  • Security – if required by venue

 

TRANSPORTATION – 2% [$800]

WEDDING PLANNER – 5%* [$2,000]

This is on the low end, sometimes it is closer to 10 – 15% of the budget

 WEDDING RINGS – 2% [800]

Bands, resizing fees, insurance and potentially engraving

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