Wedding Budget tips

When planning your wedding one of the first steps is to establish a budget.  But where do you start?  What do you budget for?  In every consultation, I ask the couple, what is your budget?  Some will have a budget in mind and others will not.  And some couples have no clue on how much an average wedding will cost.  Listed below I’ve shared what to consider to budget for and the approximate costs for each vendor.  I hope this will help couples to get a sense of what things costs for weddings.

WEDDING BUDGET –What to consider & why

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

·         BRIDE ACCESSORIES

·         GROOM ACCESSORIES

·         SUITE (PURCHASED)

·         SUIT (RENTED)

·         TUXEDO (PURCHASED)

·         TUXEDO (RENTED)

·         VEIL

·         WEDDING DRESS

BEAUTY, HEALTH, & SPA

·         DIET, WEIGHT LOSS, GYM

·         FACIAL

·         HAIR REMOVAL

·         HAIR SERVICE

·         MAKEUP SERVICE

·         MANICURE & PEDICURE

·         MASSAGE

·         TEETH WHITENING

ENTERTAINMENT

·         DANCE LESSONS

·         DJ

·         LIVE BAND

·         MUSICIANS(S), SOLOIST

FLOWERS & DECORATIONS

·         BOUTONNIERES, CORSAGES

·         BRIDAL BOUQUET

·         BRIDESMAID BOUQUETS

·         CEREMONY DECORATIONS

·         CEREMONY FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

·         FLOWER GIRL, FLOWERS

·         FLOWER PETALS

·         RECEPTION DECORATIONS

·         RECEPTION FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

·         RECEPTION TABLE CENTERPIECES

GIFTS & FAVORS

·         GIFT (S) FOR ATTENDANTS

·         GIFT (S) FOR PARENTS

·         GIFTS (S) FOR THE BRIDE

·         GIFTS (S) FOR THE GROOM

·         WEDDING FAVORS

STATIONARY

·         CEREMONY PROGRAMS

·         GUEST BOOK

·         INIVITATIONS & REPLY CARDS

·         MENUS

·         SAVE THE DATE CARDS

·         TABLE OR PLACE CARDS

·         THANK YOU CARDS

JEWELRY

·         EARRINGS

·         ENGAGEMENT RING

·         NECKLACE

·         OTHER JEWELRY

·         WEDDING BAND – BRIDE & GROOM

PHOTOGRAPHY

·         WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

·         WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

PLANNING/CONSULTANT

·         A LA CARTE SERVICES

·         DAY OF COORDINATOR

·         FOR GETTING STARTED

·         FULL SERVICE

·         MONTH OF DIRECTION

TRANSPORTATION

·         LIMO RENTAL

·         OTHER TRAVEL (ANTIQUE CAR, HORSE & CARRIAGE, ETC.)

·         TRAVEL FOR GUESTS

VENUE & CATERING

·         CEREMONY ACCESSORIES

·         CEREMONY LOCATION

·         CEREMONY OFFICIANT

·         HOTEL ROOM FOR AFTER RECEPTION

·         RECEPTION ACCESSORIES

·         RECEPTION BAR SERVICE

·         RECEPTION FOOD SERVICE

·         RECEPTION LOCATION

·         RECEPTION RENTALS

·         REHEARSAL DINNER

·         TIPS

·         WEDDING CAKE

·         GROOM’S CAKE

 

AVERAGE SPENT ON EACH Wedding Professional

Based on 100 people

RECEPTION SITE / CATERER / BAR – $13,000

PHOTOGRAPHER – $2,400

VIDEOGRAPHER – $1,700

FLORIST/DESIGNER – $2,000

DJ – $1,200

TRANSPORTATION – $700

OFFICIANT/CLERGY – $250

BAND – $4,000

LIVE MUSIC (2 HOURS) – $600

REHEARSAL DINNER – $1,000

INVITATIONS – $500

LINEN RENTAL – $500

BAKER – $800

CALLIGRAPHER – $500

WEDDING COORDINATOR – $2,000

WEDDING DRESS – $1,200

Average budget for North Carolina Wedding – $35,000

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