One of the first things in the wedding planning process should be THE BUDGET! The first step in creating your budget is deciding which portions
of your wedding are the most important to you. No matter who writes the cheques, you will still need to create and stick to a budget for your
wedding. Your whole wedding team needs to adhere to the budget and communicate well about money, or else you will have problems. Money is the
number one fight factor in the wedding team. Set the guidelines on who's paying for what, and what is the allowed budget.
Wedding Budget Summary...
5% - Ceremony (Location fee, officiant fee, marriage license, musician's fees,
ring pillows )
10% - Attire (Dress, Headpiece/veil, undergarments and hosiery, shoes, accessories,
jewelry, hair and makeup, Groom's Tuxedo or Suit, shoes, bow tie, cuff links,
3% - Rings (His and her rings, engraving)
40% - Reception (Reception Site, Food, Drinks, Rentals, Cake, Favors, Decorations)
6% - Flowers (Ceremony, bride's bouquet, maid-of-honor and bridesmaid bouquets,
boutonnieres, centerpieces, flower-girl basket)
5% - Music (Ceremony Musicians, Band and/or DJ, cocktail hour musicians, sound
system rental )
14% - Photography (Photographer and Videographer's fees, albums, additional prints,
disposable cameras for candids )
2% - Transportation (Transportation for wedding party, guest shuttle and/or parking
4% - Stationery (Invitations, response cards, thank you notes, postage, calligraphy,
3% - Gifts (Bridesmaid and groomsmen, parents, welcome baskets for out-of-town
4% - Parties (Bridesmaid's Luncheon, Rehearsal Dinner)
4% - Miscellaneous (Wedding Consultant, Newspaper Announcements, Marriage
License, Prenuptial Agreement, Bridal Gown/Bouquet Preservation, Wedding
Is the Traditional 'Who Pays" still relevant today?
Times have changed since the traditional wedding years ago. More and more the cost of the wedding is either shared with
both the bride and groom families or financed totally by the bride and groom. Still it is good to have a guideline to
start from. The following Traditional list can be personalized letting anyone pay for the portion they can or want to cover.
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