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




________wine with dinner


________coat check





________rental costs


Ceremony 2% 

________location fee

________officiant’s fee

________assistant fee


Attire 10% 

________bridal gown

________bridal veil



________groom’s tuxedo



Rings 5% 

________engagement ring

________wedding bands

Stationery 3%



________response cards

________thank you notes


________table cards

________place cards

________wedding programs



Flowers/Decorations 10%

________brides bouquet

________bridesmaid bouquets



________ceremony decorations

________reception centerpieces

________other reception decorations

Photography/Videography 10%

________engagement portraits



________film developing

Music 6%




________disc jockey

Transportation 1% 


________guest transportation


Gifts 3% 


________wedding favors

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