Create a Budget
The Basics
Start planning your dream wedding by setting a realistic budget and determining your expenses. The chart below shows the average percentages allocated to expenses. Of course, costs can vary with style, size and other factors.
 Expense Categories  Average
 Percentage
 Your Estimated
 Cost
 Pre-wedding parties  3%  $
 Invitations, stationery and postage  2%  $
 Ceremony site, accessories and officiant  3%  $
 Attire (bride and groom), including hair and makeup  12%  $
 Photography and videography  8%  $
 Reception site, including rentals  8%  $
 Flowers and decorations  7%  $
 Food, beverages and cake  40%  $
 Music  8%  $
 Transportation  2%  $
 Gifts (attendant gifts, party favors)  2%  $
 Incidentals  5%  $
 Total  100%  $
Budget Worksheet
Next, break down your cost allocation, and track spending on specific items within each category. We have prepared a worksheet to help you.
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