Wedding Budget

1. Feed the Pig

You’ve probably heard the government talk about “feeding the pig” meaning to save money. When you are planning a wedding, you truly need to “feed the pig” well in advance. The average wedding costs are north of $20,000. This section will help you to plan your budget and to stay within it.

2. Budget for $25,000

Below is an example of what we recommend to spend % on portions of your wedding. It’s amazing how fast that $25,000 goes.

Remember, you can always adjust this to what fits you best!  Click here to download your own personal wedding budget planner as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Reception (45%)
Food and drinks make up a large chunk of wedding costs.

  • Site fees
  • Catering costs (including tax and tip)
  • Bar costs including non-alcoholic drinks and champagne, etc.
  • Wedding cake
  • Parking costs (most places do NOT charge for parking)
Photography (15%)
Your memories and permanent record of the big day. Pick a pro in the know.

  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Engagement portrait
  • Wedding – album package
Entertainment (12%)
Your ceremony musician sets the tone for the wedding. Your entertainment choice at the reception can make it memorable for the right or wrong reasons. Do NOT go frugal here.

  • Ceremony music (organist, harpist, bagpipes, strings, horns, piano, etc.)
  • Cocktail hour music
  • Reception Music (DJ or band)
Attire (10%)
The wedding gown, the tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses. It can all add up fast. Use caution

  • Dress
  • Veil
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Hair and makeup
  • Grooms tux or suit
Transportation (5%)
You have to get to the church and reception somehow. Classic limo? Stretch hummer? Portland Metro? Don’t spend too much money here if you can help it.

  • Limousines
  • Limo buses
  • Specialty cars
  • Horse and carriage
Flowers (5%)
Flowers are beautiful but will only last for a few days at best. Be smart about the flowers you buy and capture the most “visual” aspect of your wedding at a reasonable cost.

  • Ceremony – site flowers
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Wedding party flowers
  • Parent’s flowers
  • Reception centerpieces and floral displays
Extras (5%)
Ohhh boy! Lots of little extras to consider. Don’t overdo it here or you will be paying high interest on small items for years to come.

  • Attendants gifts
  • Wedding gifts for each other
  • Favors
  • Welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
  • Wedding rings
  • Rehearsal Dinner (not usually included in budget)
  • Marriage license
  • Church/ceremony site fees
  • Officiant fees
  • Specialty linens
  • Chair covers
  • Other reception or ceremony decorations
Stationery (3%)
Invitations can get expensive and fast. Use the KISS method here.

  • Invitations and enclosures
  • Announcements
  • Thank-you notes
  • Postage
  • Programs
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