• by Devyn

Wedding Budget Breakdown!

Let's Talk Money!!!

Recently on my Instagram - @by_Devyn I posted about wedding budget distribution.

If you missed that post you can view that here >>> BUDGET DISTRIBUTION

Like I promised, we are going to dive into this topic a little deeper here on the blog!

I did a little extra research and learned that according to The Knot, after surveying 27,000 people, the new National Average Cost of a Wedding is $33,900.00. You can view that article HERE! This is the number that we will use below when explaining the wedding budget percentage breakdown -


Reception & Rentals - 48% ($16,272.00)

  • Reception Site (to include a tent)

  • Food & Beverage (to include apps, entree, dessert, alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages)

  • Rentals (to include tables, chairs, linens, tableware, flatware, glassware & dance floor)

  • Lighting (to include decorative lights, up lights & spot lights)

  • Additional Add-Ons (ice bar, photo booth & portable bathrooms)

  • ***The gratuity for bartenders & waitstaff is also included in this percentage ***

Ceremony - 3% ($1,017.00)

  • Ceremony Site

  • Officiant

  • Marriage License

  • Special Decor (specific to your religion)

Wedding Rings - 3% ($1,017.00)

  • Bands for both Bride & Groom

Stationary - 3% ($1,017.00)

  • Save The Dates, Invitations, Thank You Cards & Stamps

  • Ceremony Programs

  • Escort Cards, Place Cards & Menu Cards

  • Additional Add-Ons (calligrapher cocktail napkins & guest book)

Flowers - 8% ($2,712.00)

  • Bride & Bridesmaids Bouquets

  • Groom & Groomsmen Boutonnieres

  • Parents & Grandparents Corsages

  • Flower Girl

  • Ceremony Flowers

  • Centerpieces

  • Cake Flowers

  • ***The delivery and gratuity from the florist is also included in the percentage***

Photography & Videography - 12% ($4,068.00)

  • Engagement Photos

  • Photographer for Ceremony & Reception (to include prints & album)

  • Videogapher for Ceremony & Reception (to include hard copy & link)

Wedding Attire - 10% ($3,390.00)

  • Wedding Gown (to include alterations, veil, shoes, accessories, hair & make up)

  • Grooms Formal-wear (to include alterations, shoes & accessories)

Entertainment - 8% ($2,712.00)

  • Ceremony Musicians (or playlist + AV)

  • Cocktail Hour Musicians/DJ (or playlist + AV)

  • Reception Musician/DJ/Band

Transportation & Accommodations - 2% ($678.00)

  • Transportation (to include bride & groom, families & wedding party)

  • Parking

  • Hotel Room for Bride & Groom

  • ***The gratuity for drivers and concierges is included in the percentage***

Gifts - 3% ($1,017.00)

  • Bride & Groom Wedding Party

  • Parents of the Bride & the Groom

  • Guest Favors

Wedding Planner - 10% ($3,390.00)

Now as many of you know, I myself am planning my own wedding and I to have realized that some of these numbers seem impossible to meet, and that's okay! I challenge you to use this information as a guideline to try to work within to attempt to stick to YOUR budget, not to panic about not meeting exactly what is above. It’s important to note that this number is a national average and depends on many factors—especially add-ons! Some wedding venue prices include packages with catering, on-site coordinators, insurance, entertainment, decor. cleaning fees, etc. These additions will make for an easier planning process for you, though they may come at a higher cost.

Send us an EMAIL with any questions about this post or about what information you want to learn more about to help your planning process!



Devyn, Emerald Events