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Wedding Cost: A rough break down

August 9, 2018 1 Comments

Q: We’ve determined our wedding cost budget categories, but have no idea how to assign to them. What’s the norm?

A: Every wedding is different. Some couples spend more on the cake than on the bar, or more on the dress than the flowers. Whether you have a large or small budget, the following list shows the average percentage of the total budget spent on each category:

  • Invitation: 1 to 11 percent
  • Bridal attire: 3 to 5 percent
  • Food and Beverage for the reception (excluding cake): 45 to 50 percent
  • Wedding cake: 2 to 3 percent
  • Reception entertainment, live band or DJ: 6 to 8 percent
  • Photography: 9 to 11 percent
  • Transportation: 2 to 3 percent
  • Other Expenses: 2 to 10 percent

This list is meant to get the basics on the table.

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August 10, 2018

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    August 9, 2018

    What about the cost of the venue itself? Seems like a big thing to leave out!