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Wedding Attire: 9%
Gown and alterations, veil, headpiece, lingerie, shoes, hair and makeup and Groom’s attire.
Ceremony: 3%
Marriage license, site and Officiant’s fee, aisle runners, candles and other decora- tive items.
Reception: 6%
Reception site fee, rentals and valet or parking service.
Food & Drink: 40%
Meals, beverages, bartenders, linens and the wedding cake.
Invitations & Stationery: 3% Invitations, calligraphy, programs and thank you notes.
Flowers & Decorations: 8%
Bridal and attendant bouquets, groom’s and groomsmen’s boutonnieres, recep- tion centerpieces and ceremony site flowers.
Music: 7%
Ceremony music, cocktail hour and reception music.
Photography & Videography: 10% Photography and videography of ceremony and reception, plus albums and video.
Wedding Rings: 4%
Bride’s and groom’s wedding bands.
The engagement ring is not considered
in the wedding budget. Transportation: 2%
Limousine, horse and carriage or party
bus rental. Gifts: 3%
Attendant gifts and favors.
Tips and Taxes: 5%
Some vendors will include gratuities into their costs, so be sure to ask. If they’re not included then vendors should be tipped 20% if they provided a high level of service.
Additional Costs
A wedding consultant would take up about 15% of your budget, but a consultant
should be able to save you as much money as you spend on the fee while taking care of your wedding details. Are you and your future hubby staying in separate places the night before the wedding? You may need to factor in hotel rooms, bridal suites (post wedding), pre and post wedding parties, and don’t forget about the cost of the honeymoon.
After you have your overall budget figured out you’ll need to determine how you’ll get the money to pay for the wedding. Never expect parents to front the entire cost of the wedding, or any of the cost for that matter. Many brides and grooms will pay for the cost of the wedding themselves, most pay for at least half. If your parents are contributing to your wedding costs the question of who pays for what should be a frank conversation between you, your fiancé, and both sets of parents. With the rising cost of weddings, the groom’s family should now be contributing more than ever.
Here is a list of who pays for what, traditionally. Depending on the cost of your wedding, the number of guests, and the financial situation of all party members, this list will vary.
Groom’s wedding ring
Gifts for her bridesmaids
A wedding gift for the groom
Bride’s Family
All reception costs (with the exclusion of alcohol) including site, food, cake, music, all rental costs, favors, and gratuities
Bride’s gown, veil, and accessories Wedding invitations, postage, and related stationery expenses
Photography and videography Ceremony and reception flowers Rental fee for the ceremony site Fees for ceremony musicians or DJ’s Transportation of the bridal party
on the wedding day Bridesmaid bouquets
Bridal Attendants
Cost of their own apparel
Their own travel and hotel expenses
A bridal shower and bachelorette party
Marriage license
Bride’s engagement and wedding rings Bride’s bouquet, corsages, and
boutonnieres Ceremony officiant’s fee Gifts for groomsmen The honeymoon
His own attire
Wedding gift for bride Limousine service
Groom’s Family
Rehearsal dinner Alcohol at reception Groom’s cake
Best Man/Groomsmen
Their own attire
Bachelor party
Any of their own travel/hotel expenses Wedding gift for the couple
The Bride and Groom
Expenses of items desired which have exceeded the original budget
Gifts for parents or others who helped with your wedding planning and costs
Parents of children in bridal party pay for children’s formal wear.
Trim Your Budget
Tips on cutting costs
• Cut your guest list. If they’re not someone you’d invite for dinner to your house then maybe they can be cut from your guest list.
• Have your wedding on a weekday or during the off-season. Ohio brides can save a lot of money by having wed- dings between the months of December and April.
• Use flowers that are in season for bouquets and arrangements. In season flowers are easier for florists to get therefore they’re less expensive. Also, if you’re using flower petals for decorative purposes, use flowers petals that are less expensive than rose petals such as carnation petals. §

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