Complete list of wedding expenses

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020, Under: Daily Tips

Complete list of wedding expenses

Getting ready for a wedding is like sailing through a storm – you don’t know where the budget hit will come from. We understand your confusion and present a detailed list of wedding expenses to help you plan your expenses. In addition to the article, we advise you to download the Bride Helper – the budget planner calculates the optimal distribution of expenses by category for the amount that you can spend, and in the expense table it is easy to compare the plan with the fact.

Venue and banquet

This is usually the largest spending item, so choose your holiday venue wisely. Often the decision is made based on the cost of the banquet, but everywhere there are additional payments that lead to an increase in the total amount, so be careful and take all costs into account:

  • Rent of a venue or restaurant hall (often paid separately from the banquet itself)
  • Rent of additional equipment (some equipment will be included in the price, but sometimes you need special equipment – high-quality sound, street heaters, etc.)
  • Renting a place for registration, if it is not included in the lease of the site
  • Banquet or catering cost
  • Cork tax (charged by almost all restaurants if you bring your own alcohol)
  • Alcohol
  • Buffet for gathering guests
  • Sweet (cheesy, snack) table
  • A slide of champagne (or fountain)
  • Cocktail bar and bartender service
  • The wedding cake
  • Drinks and snacks for the walk

Team and entertainment

This is often the second largest wedding expense item, but sometimes it becomes the main one. It all depends on the requests and how much money and for which specialist you are willing to spend. Sometimes brides choose an expensive photographer because they are confident in the quality of the work, then his fee may even exceed the cost of the banquet. Consider spending on the following wedding professionals (shorten the list if not all are needed):

  • Organizer
  • Coordinator
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Wedding stylist (hairstyle and makeup)
  • Stylist for choosing a dress
  • Decorator
  • Banquet host
  • Ceremony host
  • Dj
  • State duty in the registry office

Guests need something to keep them busy, so don’t forget about entertainment:

  • Artists (cover band, magicians, dancers)
  • Photo zone or photo booth
  • Quiet Games (Petanque, Giant Jenga)
  • Create a slideshow or video of a couple for a banquet
  • Bright end to the holiday (fireworks, fire show, sparklers)

Celebration decoration

The cost of the decor depends on the style, your requests and how the site looks. The more the chosen location matches your dreams, the less you will spend on decoration. Consider the following expenses:

  • Banquet hall decoration (table for young people, tables for guests, decoration of chairs and walls)
  • Decoration of the ceremony area (arch, chairs for guests, path to the arch)
  • Design of a separate lounge area, if provided
  • Designing a zone for welkam or a buffet table
  • Wishing zone decor
  • Decor for the sweet table area (cheese, snack, etc.)
  • Rent of furniture and accessories, if you are not tired of what is in the restaurant
  • Bridal morning decoration

Images of the bride and groom

A fabulous bridesmaid dress is everyone’s dream, but still try to keep yourself in hand and not spend half of your budget on it. In this category, consider the following wedding expenses:

  • Wedding Dress
  • Second dress (spare or more comfortable for the banquet)
  • Bride’s shoes
  • Spare comfortable shoes
  • Underwear
  • Pantyhose stockings
  • Veil
  • Jewelry and accessories (garter, hair ornaments, jewelry)
  • Wedding rings
  • The bride’s bouquet
  • Coat / fur coat
  • Beauty treatments

Do not forget about the groom, his appearance will also cost a certain amount:

  • Suit
  • Shirt (preferably two, grab a spare in case of surprises)
  • Tie or bow tie
  • Boutonniere
  • Footwear
  • Accessories
  • Beauty treatments

Parts and transport

Little things and little things to cost inexpensively, but the trap is that they often add up to a significant amount for the wedding budget:

  • Invitations
  • Other printing (seating cards, menus, seating plans, etc.)
  • Ceremony accessories – certificate folder and box / ring cushion
  • Gifts for guests
  • Accessories for a photo shoot
  • Family hearth and other accessories for traditional rituals
  • Glasses of the young
  • Transport rental and decoration if necessary

Unplanned wedding expenses

You will most likely spend more than you want because there will be additional unexpected costs. Put a small amount on them so that you do not look for money in a panic later.

Remember that the most important thing in a wedding budget is planning it carefully. Spend a few hours filling out your wedding expense sheet, either by creating it yourself or using our ready-made Bride Helper .


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