Budget Basic

 Budget Basics 

When deciding on your overall budget, you need to decide what costs will be considered in the wedding budget, and what costs you will pay for yourself.

The Common costs for weddings are:

  • Ceremony and reception venues
  • Catering/ food
  • Wedding planner (are you sure you don’t need one? Visit our page on what a Wedding planner does)
  • Photographer/ videographer
  • Florist
  • Rentals
  • Cake
  • Ceremony
  • Reception music
  • Bar service (bartender, beverages, ice, garnishes, alcohol)
  • Bridal attire (Wedding dress, alterations, veil, undergarments, shoes, jewelry)
  • Grooms attire (suit/ tux, shoes, ties, cuff links)
  • Invitations (invitations, envelopes, RSVP cards, postage)
  • Paper products (place cards, escort cards, programs, menus, etc.)
  • Wedding transportation
  • Wedding Party gifts
  • Wedding announcements

Average price for a Wedding: $20,000

Average Guest Attendance: 150-200
Average price for Food: $15-20 per person
Average Gratuity for food: 20%
Average price for Photography: $3,500
Average price for Florist: $2,000-3,500
Average price for plain cake: $3.50 per slice
Average price for DJ for reception: $800
Average price for a Wedding dress: $1,000
Average package price for Alterations: $150
Average price for Venue: $6,000
Average price for Postage (dependent on weight and size): $.65 per stamp


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