£30,000 wedding in London
This couple invited 135 guests. After the wedding ceremony in a church, there was reception in a luxury hotel. The reception started with appetizers and the cake cutting ceremony, followed by wedding breakfast diner and a party with a wedding DJ and a live cover band.
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Dress for the Bride
Dress Alterations and Pressing
Undergarments / Lingerie for the Bride
Shoes for the Bride
Hair Stylists for the Bride
Wedding makeup and nails
|Dresses for the four Bridesmaids||£480.00|
Outfit for the Groom
Shoes for the Groom
Undergarments for the Groom
Hairdresser and Barber for the Groom
|Live Music at the ceremony||£320.00|
Venue for the whole day (luxury hotel)
Appetizers (135 people)
Wedding Breakfast (seated dinner - 135 people)
Open Bar (5 hours, 135 people)
Live cover band for the party
Sound and Lights Equipment Rental
|Wedding Cake (137 servings)||£607.50|
Invitation cards / stationary / website with online rsvp
Bachelor and Bachelorette parties
Bouquet for the Bride
Boutonniere for the Groom
Bouquets for the four Bridesmaids
Flowers for the Wedding Locations
Gifts for People who helped
Typical wedding budget breakdowns
infographic and table below give a high-level breakdown of wedding
budgets. The majority of the wedding budget is usually spent on the
wedding ceremony and reception. Not a big surprise as beverages and meals for the (large
number of) guests is frequently a high cost.
|1 - The wedding outfit for the bride||5% - 10%|
|2 - The wedding outfit for the groom||1% - 5%|
|3 - The wedding ceremony||5% - 15%|
|4 - The wedding reception||40% - 60%|
|5 - The wedding cake||2% - 4%|
|6 - Wedding preparation costs||1% - 2%|
|7 - Flowers for the wedding day||4% - 6%|
|8 - Wedding photography||5% - 10%|
|9 - Miscellaneous||10% - 15%|
Table with a breakdown of wedding budgets in percentages
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We've put up a comprehensive checklist for a wedding budget breakdown. Creating a wedding budget has two primary goals.
The first is to assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of the various expenditures associated with your wedding and helping you in making informed decisions.
The second purpose is to allow you to maintain track and manage your spending as the big day approaches.
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£10,000 wedding in Leicester
This couple invited 60 guests. After the wedding ceremony, there was reception with a cake cutting ceremony, a wedding breakfast and an evening party with drinks, snacks and dancing. This couple had rented a historical theater as their special wedding venue.
£20,000 wedding in Liverpool
This couple invited 150 guests for the church ceremony and reception, and 85 guest for the dinner and evening party. They had two wedding venues. A church for the wedding ceremony and the reception. They rented a hall at the university campus for a buffet and party. De dance party went on beyond midnight.
Make a list of what you find important for your wedding budget
As you can see in the examples above, there are many different things you can spend your money on, and everything can cost a wide range of money. For example, your wedding food catering can be a simple buffet, a very elaborate 7-course dinner, or you can choose to not organize food catering at all.
The choices you make are very personal. Maybe you don't care a lot about an expensive wedding dress, but you do want a cool dance party after you get married. Or maybe you care a lot about the food at your reception, and less for a cocktail hour.
When you need to choose what to spend your money on, you can make a list with the following categories:
1 - What do you find so important that you don't want to be on a budget?
2 -What do you find important, but not important enough to pay whatever?
3 - What would you find nice to have?
4 - What would you doubt about?
5 - What do you think unimportant, and isn't worth your money?
This list can help you to also determine how much money you would want to spend on each category.
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