Whether you have $1,000 or $33,000 to spend on your wedding, that’s the average spent in 2017, by the way, once you’ve set your budget, you need to know how you should allocate that money. Here are the recommended percentages, based on industry average.
Attire ~7 percent
Think dress, alterations, tux, shoes, reception outfits, engagement or bridal party outfits, accessories.
Beauty ~2 percent
Think haircuts, color, facials, waxes, mani-pedi, lash extensions, tanning, makeup and hair trials and day-of.
Cake ~2 percent
Don’t forget about specialty toppers, cutting and delivery fees and the display.
This can include the site, officiant fees, marriage license, church donation, ring pillow or flower girl baskets.
Drinks ~8 percent
Think cocktail hour and reception drinks, the toast, the bar, bartender service, glassware (if not included in catering package), non-alcoholic beverages, corkage fees and liquor license.
Favors/gifts ~2 percent
Don’t forget about wedding favors, wedding party gifts, spouse and parent gifts and welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
Flowers and Decor ~8 percent
Bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages, ceremony arch, arrangements, centerpieces, cake flowers, lighting, lanterns and other specialty decor rentals and delivery fees all fall into this category.
Food ~18 percent
This can including tasting appointments, rehearsal dinners, food stations, service staff, plated, buffet or family-style meal, catering equipment, rentals, vendor meals, taxes and gratuity, and setup and cleanup fees.
Paperie ~2 percent
Think Save The Dates, invitations, postage, envelopes, place cards, escort cards, programs, address labels, menus and thank you cards.
Music ~8 percent
This can include ceremony musicians, cocktail hour music, a DJ or live band, sound system or speakers, a photo booth and dance floor lighting.
Photo/video ~10 percent
Preserve the magic of your day while thinking of the ceremony and reception coverage, rehearsal dinner, engagement photos, albums or prints, edits, highlight reel and feature film options.
Reception venue ~18 percent
This may include room rental fees, deposits, ceremony fees, parking, liability insurance, tax and service fees, additional rentals and security if required.
Transportation ~2 percent
Don’t forget to think about how the wedding party will get to the ceremony and to the reception, shutting service for guests, gratuities and valet parking if necessary.
Wedding planner ~3 percent for day-of, (10 percent for full-service coordination)
This can cover coordination, timeline creation, wedding day setup and management and venue or vendor referrals/liaison.
Wedding rings ~2 percent
Including wedding bands, ring resizing fees, insurance and any customization or engraving.
Extra fees/emergency fund ~5 percent
Sales tax, vendor tips, service charges and overtime fees are among the unexpected expenses that can come up, so give yourself a cushion in case the unexpected happens.
Remember to budget for your honeymoon as well if you’re taking one and figure out early on who’s paying for what. If either of your parents are offering to help, how much are they putting up and what would they like to see it spent on?