We are often asked what a typical Wedding Budget Breakdown is. Of course, each one is different, but a good starting point is:
40% Venue: Ceremony & Reception, including food and drink
10% Wedding outfits
5% Everything else!
In addition I’d advise allowing an extra 10% contingency. I believe that a budget is a balancing act – make a saving then add it to the contingency to cover the unforeseen extras.
- Registrar attendance fees
- Certificate fees
- Notice of marriage fees
- Wedding rings (not normally in Wedding budget – just don’t forget them!)
- Venue hire fee
- Welcome / Reception beverages
Venue hire / ground hire fee / Marquee hire
Bridal shoes & accessories
Bridal hair & make-up
Best Man & Ushers attire
Ceremony & Reception venue flowers
Gifts: Parents / Bridesmaids / Best man / Ushers
Stationery: invitations, seating plan & place cards etc.
First night accommodation
Don’t try and organise everything at once and don’t be tempted into placing orders too soon. Never pay a deposit for anything until your registrar, then venue have been confirmed.
Most importantly – make sure you are both happy!