Where will you spend your money? Where can you be creative?

Below we list the approximate percentages of how the typical bride and groom spend their dollars. Of course, you will make whatever adjustments necessary. Some couples may prefer to spend more than 10% of their budget on photography, for example. It’s up to you–just try to make it all balance out.

Print out this worksheet, then fill in the cost for each item.

Reception 50% 

________ reception site/rental

________cocktail buffet

________hors d’oeuvres

________dinner

________cocktails

________bartender

________wine with dinner

________cake

________coat check

________favors

________guestbook

________linens

________napkins

________rental costs

________other

Ceremony 2% 

________location fee

________officiant’s fee

________assistant fee

________other

Attire 10% 

________bridal gown

________bridal veil

________alterations

________accessories

________groom’s tuxedo

________makeup

________hair

Rings 5% 

________engagement ring

________wedding bands

Stationery 3%

________announcements

________invitations

________response cards

________thank you notes

________postage

________table cards

________place cards

________wedding programs

________printing/engraving

________calligraphy

Flowers/Decorations 10%

________brides bouquet

________bridesmaid bouquets

________boutonnieres

________corsages

________ceremony decorations

________reception centerpieces

________other reception decorations

Photography/Videography 10%

________engagement portraits

________photographer

________videographer

________film developing

Music 6%

________ceremony

________cocktails

________dinner/reception

________disc jockey

Transportation 1% 

________parking

________guest transportation

________limo

Gifts 3% 

________attendants

________wedding favors

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