One of the most difficult, yet crucial, aspects of wedding planning is breaking down your wedding budget. It’s critical to get this figure right since it influences all of your other wedding decisions—venue, guest list, food options, and so on.

Use the handy guide below as a rough outline for spending breakdowns and adjust according to your priorities.

Venue, Catering, Cake, and Rentals: 40% of total wedding budget

You’ll see that your venue and food expenditures will take up the majority of your wedding budget breakdown. To begin, make sure you choose a wedding venue that can comfortably accommodate all of your guests as well as provide location possibilities for all weather circumstances. You’ll also want to pick a venue that matches your wedding style, whether it’s a rural barn, a hotel ballroom, or a modern, industrial space

In terms of catering, it goes without saying that your visitors will expect good (and plentiful!) food. Remember that your catering fee includes more than simply the food—you’re also paying for preparation, equipment, wait staff, and other expenses. Liquor and bartenders are included in the bill if your caterer also handles the bar.

This wedding budget percentage will also include the cost of your wedding cake and any other sweets. There are many various sorts of cake styles to pick from, ranging from luxurious multi-tiered fondant confections to rustic naked cakes—the more ornate and larger the cake, the more expensive it is.

Also, don’t overlook the possibility of renting. You’ll almost certainly need to hire a variety of items for your wedding, including tables, chairs, glassware, linens, flatware, and more, so make sure to account for them in your wedding budget. An outdoor wedding may need the use of a tent. These items may be provided by your venue or caterer in some instances. If not, you’ll have to engage a different rental business to handle these details.

Flowers, Lighting, and Décor: 12% of total wedding budget

This area is all about making your wedding appear amazing with magnificent flowers, lighting, and decorations. Any place can be transformed with the suitable lighting, flowers, and décor.

Photography and Videography: 12% of total wedding budget

Your wedding photographer and videographer‘s goal is to capture your wedding day memories in still or moving photos that you may treasure for a lifetime, which is why these professionals should account for a significant amount of your wedding budget. Choose a photographer or videographer whose work you admire, but also individuals you like and enjoy spending time with (you’ll be spending a lot of time with these professionals on your wedding day!). Also keep in mind that you’re not just paying for the finished deliverables (pictures and/or video), but also for your photographer’s and videographer’s time at your event, editing time, equipment, and more – thus the high wedding budget percentage.

Wedding Attire, Hair, and Beauty: 10% of total wedding budget

On your wedding day, you want to look your best, and the cost of your outfit, hair, and makeup may quickly mount up. Fortunately, there are many wedding gowns and tuxedos to pick from at various price ranges — just be clear about your budget before you begin shopping. Remember to include alterations in your wedding budget breakdown. Tailoring your gown or tux might be pricey, but it is vital to ensure that it fits well.

It’s a good idea to employ pros to do your hair and makeup. They’ll know how to bring out your best features and ensure that you look stunning throughout your wedding day—and in images!

Wedding Rings: 8% of total wedding budget

Don’t forget to factor these into your wedding budget! Wedding rings are an integral component of the wedding ceremony and an age-old symbol of marriage. Wedding rings for you and your future husband should reflect your personalities and styles, and there are plenty to pick from!

Reception Music: 6% of total wedding budget

Because music is such a crucial aspect of a wedding reception, it is critical to hire a professional to manage the music to ensure that everything works well. It’s totally up to you whether you want a band or a DJ for your reception, but there are varying prices connected with live music vs a DJ, so do your homework before hiring and including into your wedding budget breakdown.

Wedding Planner: 5% of total wedding budget

There are several benefits to hiring a wedding planner, the most important of which is that they may actually save you money! A wedding planner will guarantee that you stay within your wedding budget and on time, and that your planning process is as stress-free as possible, thanks to their industry expertise and contacts.

Invitations and Stationery: 3% of total wedding budget

Printed materials are important both before (save-the-dates, invites, and more) and on the day of your wedding (ceremony programs, table numbers, escort cards, menu cards, etc.). When it comes to wedding invitations and stationery, there are a lot of alternatives to select from, so make sure you choose paper supplies that match your style and wedding budget.

Transportation: 2% of total wedding budget

Hiring transportation or limo services for your wedding will guarantee that everyone arrives securely and on time—yes, this is an additional cost to put into your wedding budget, but it’s well worth it. You have the option of providing transportation for yourself, your spouse, family members, and wedding party members, or you may transport all of your guests. This is a thoughtful gift, especially if you have a large number of out-of-town guests who are unfamiliar with your wedding venue.

Favours and Gifts: 2% of total wedding budget

It’s a good gesture to give your guests wedding favors, whether they’re edible or mementos, and don’t forget to get gifts for your wedding party and family members! These favors and gifts are a great way to say “thank you” to those who assisted you in planning your special day, as well as those who traveled to join you.

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