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Wedding Attire: 9%
Gown and alterations, veil, headpiece, lingerie, shoes, hair and make-up and Groom’s attire.
Ceremony: 3%
Marriage license, site and Officiant’s fee, aisle runners, candles and other decorative items.
Reception: 6%
Site fee, rentals and 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 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 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 consult- ant should be able to save you as much money as you spend on the fee while tak- ing 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 wed- ding parties, and don’t forget about the cost of the honeymoon.
After you have your overall budget fig- ured out you’ll need to determine how you’ll get the money to pay for the wed- ding. 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 con- tributing more than ever. Here is a list of who pays for what, traditionally. Depend- ing on the cost of your wedding, the num- ber of guests, and the financial situation of all party members, this list will vary.
Bride
• 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 musicians and/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
Groom
• 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 off- season. Ohio brides can save a lot of money by having weddings between the months of December and April.
• Try to use flowers that are in season for your bouquets and arrangements. In season flowers are easier for florists to get, therefore they are less expen- sive. Another cost cutting tip is that if you’re using flower petals for decora- tive purposes, use flowers petals that are less expensive than rose petals
such as carnation petals. AC W
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