Wedding budget

Wedding budget

When I said “YES” to marrying Mike, I was overcome with joy but lacked the knowhow to plan our wedding. Pricing a few venues and vendors nearly sent me into a state of panic! The costs were much more than anticipated. I began to relegate myself to the idea that we’d either be swimming in an ocean of debt or having the reception McDonalds. 

But then a message of hope appeared on the horizon (actually it was in my mailbox).  As it so happened, a friend sent me The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss. 

My fiancé and I started reading and planning out things stepwise, from the beginning.

STEP ONE: set a realistic budget, and then give yourself a 10% cushion.

A usual cost breakdown is this:

⁃Site, Food, and Drinks 42%

⁃Wedding Rings 8%

⁃Photography 8%

⁃Flowers 6%

⁃Rehearsal Dinner 6%

⁃Bridal Gown 5%

⁃Videography 5%

⁃Reception Music 4%

⁃Groom’s Attire 3%

⁃Hair and Makeup 2%

⁃Invitations 2%

⁃Ceremony Music 2% 

⁃Officiant 2%

⁃Cake 2%

⁃Transportation 2% 

⁃Favors 1%

Working through the numbers helped to ground my expectations and provide a sense of relief in knowing what we should expect to outlay.

Did you budget your wedding or wish you had? Let me know or tag a friend in the comments.