Everyone knows that weddings are expensive. The thing is, you never truly realize how expensive weddings are until you start planning your own. Deciding on your wedding budget can be overwhelming. Like most people, you’re going to try to save money wherever possible. Low-budget weddings are possible, but it’s important to understand that there are still elements—such as venue, reception entertainment, and food—where you pay for what you get. You have to figure out how to save money elsewhere.
This is where the allocation of funds comes in. It’s important to decide what percentage of your budget you want to spend on which parts of your wedding. From venue to flowers, you need to figure out what will cost the most, and what you personally want to spend the most money on.
I know, I know—talking budget is a bummer. You never feel more broke than when you start to buckle down and look at prices. It’s important to remember that being on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have a fun and unique wedding. There are always ways to make your wedding stand out!
When it comes to the planning process, there are websites, apps, and actual wedding planners out there to help you budget for your wedding. You’ll receive a lot of advice, but it’s up to you to figure out what’s best for your wedding. While it’s ultimately up to you to figure out how you want to budget, websites such as herecomestheguide.com and weddingwire.com have some helpful articles on allocating money.
Below is a good sample of the average wedding budget. Remember, it’s just a sample and may not necessarily be a good fit for you. If you’ve always dreamed of having the type of cake you see on TV shows like Cake Boss, maybe you’ll want to allocate more than just 2% of the total wedding budget. If you’ve decided that horse-drawn carriages are a must, you will probably have to spend a bit more money and cut costs somewhere else.
Like I said, you’re going to get a lot of “helpful” advice when planning your wedding.
Sample Wedding Budget
Food & Drink: 25%
The venue and catering will take up the biggest chunk of your wedding budget. That’s completely normal. When it comes to venue and catering, you definitely get what you pay for. Because it’s such a large part of the overall experience, spending a bit more on these elements may be a good idea.
A good venue will not only be beautiful and comfortable fit all your guests, but it will include backup options for inclement weather. Spending a bit more for this safety net is probably a good idea. I would also hope that it has a big dance floor! After all, you want your guests to have the time of their life dancing to the best wedding reception music!
You’re going to want beautiful photos and video to capture your wedding day. So, allocating 10-12% of your wedding budget on a photographer is completely reasonable. This may seem surprising, but remember, you’re not just paying for the finished product. You’re paying for their time. Never hired a professional photographer before? Check out these tips. I’ve also included a list of some of my favorite photographers in the Phoenix area!
Music & Entertainment: 7-9%
My favorite part of a wedding—for obvious reasons. Not only does a wedding DJ and Master of Ceremonies ensure that your reception runs smoothly, but it really sets the tone for the whole event. Keeping your guests entertained and dancing will have them remembering your wedding fondly. Ever hired a professional wedding DJ? Here are some tips on hiring a DJ and making sure you get the most out of your disc jockey.
Who doesn’t want to look their best on their wedding day? Keeping attire, hair, and makeup in mind when drafting the wedding budget will ensure that you and the wedding party look great for photos.
Flowers & Décor: 7-8%
There are ways to decorate your venue without breaking the bank. However, it’s also easy to fall in love with everything on Pinterest and spend all of your money on décor and flowers. Figure out just how important décor is to you before you make your wedding budget and consider all of the ways where you can cut costs.
Wedding Planner: 3%
Some couples choose to plan their wedding on their own to save money. This may be a good idea for some, but I can definitely say that there are advantages to hiring a wedding planner!
Stationery & Invitations: 2-3%
There’s more to this than just invitations. Don’t forget about programs, table numbers, and place cards! You’ll also want to make sure you get thank you cards to thank your guests for their presence (and their presents!).
It’s easy to spend a lot of money on a tiered cake. Nowadays, many couples choose to pay for a fake cake with a real top tier, while serving their guests cupcakes. It’s a thought.
It could be worthwhile to increase the budget on rings if you need something special to fit you and your spouse’s personalities.
Horse-drawn carriage? Limo? Bicycles? Walking? Transportation can be really cheap, or really expensive.
Favors are a nice gesture, especially for the wedding party. Odds are, they’ve done a lot of work to ensure that your big day was amazing.
Emergency Fund: 3-5%
A wedding is a huge event, and anything can go wrong. Having an emergency fund will keep you from stressing if there are any issues!
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