How to Spend a Wedding Day Budget

When working with a bride and groom to plan their special day, it is important to understand how their money should be allocated. Sharing this knowledge with them and planning accordingly will help you organize the details. This will, of course, depend on several factors that vary from couple to couple, e.g. location, budget, number of guests and religion. Still, the general rules will still stay the same.

In a recent training class, I learned about the most common percentage allocations. I think you all could benefit from this information!

Item % of Budget      What it Includes
Reception 50% Venue rental, transportation, food & beverage costs
Music 10% DJ or live band
Flowers 10% Centerpieces, bouquets, petals
Attire 10% Tux rentals and bridal gowns, hair, makeup, and jewelry
Photography 10% Photographer and developed photos
Stationary 4% Thank you's and placecards
Extras 6% Favors, hotel rooms, wedding rings, marriage license, etc.
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