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Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown

Whether you’re planning a lavish $60,000+ wedding, a beautiful $30,000 wedding (The national average), or an intimate $6,000 wedding this budget break down is a good place to start. These percentages are based off of vendor averages and can be altered to suit your specific needs and vision. For instance, say you’re not a fan of suits and want to see the men in slacks and suspenders, give yourself extra money towards food. Or maybe you will be having a dry wedding, use the extra money to get the photographer of your dreams.


Reception Venue - 18%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Karina Beseril Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Venue Rental Fees & Deposit

  • Additional Rentals that the venue may offer (Tables, Chairs, Linen, Dance Floor, Up Lighting)

  • Tax, Service, & Liability Fees

  • On site security






Tips for the Budget Bride: The easiest way to save money on the Reception Venue is to consider a weekday or Sunday wedding, as venues tend to offer discounts on these days. If this isn’t savings enough then think outside the box of traditional venues and look into places like Parks, Airbnb’s with large indoor / outdoor living spaces, or a Family / Friend’s Backyard


Ceremony – 2%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Morgan Eve Photo Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Ceremony Site Fee, if different from the Reception Venue, or church donation

  • Officiant Fee / Gift

  • Marriage License (For most Texas counties, as of 9/30/2019, Marriage License Fees are typically $81 - $82)

  • Ceremony Decorations & Accessories





Tips for the Budget Bride: Find a venue that includes the ceremony space with the rental of the reception space. Another way to save money is by asking a Friend or Parent to officiate the wedding.


Food – 18%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Karina Beseril Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Catering Fees

  • Food Stations or Passed Hors D’oeuvres

  • Plated or Buffet Style Meal

  • Vendor Meals

  • Plates & Silverware, if not included

  • Tax & Gratuity

  • Setup and/or Cleanup Fees



Tips for the Budget Bride: Look into venues that allow you to find your own Caterers or even better to bring in your own food. By finding your own caterers you have more freedom to choose someone who offers less expensive plates.


Drinks – 8%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Nate & Grace Photography Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Open Bar, Beer & Wine Only, Signature Cocktails, Champagne Toast

  • Bartender Fees

  • Non-alcoholic Beverages

  • Liquor License, if the Venue or Caterer does not hold their own






Tips for the Budget Bride: Look into venues that allow you to bring in your own bottles to stock the bar. Instead of a full bar choose a few signature cocktails and only get the necessary liquor and mixes.


Attire – 8%

* This can be further broken up into 6% towards the Bride & 2% towards the Groom

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Nate & Grace Photography Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Wedding Dress

  • Shoes, Veil, & Accessories

  • Wedding Dress Alterations

  • Spanx or Special Undergarments (Including Garter)

  • Wedding Dress Cleaning & Preservation

  • Groom’s Tux

  • Grooms Shoes & Accessories





Tips for the Budget Bride: Consider buying a previously loved dress. BONUS TIP! If you are a Budget Bride in San Antonio Idothedressido.com & BridesByElizabeth.com are local shops that offer New dressed at discounted prices.



Photographer & Videographer – 10%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Heidi Elyse Photo Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Engagement Photos

  • Bridal Portraits

  • Wedding Day Photos & Video

  • Prints

  • Photo Booth







Tips for the Budget Bride: Look through Instagram to find up and coming wedding photographers in your area, they tend to have lower rates then the photographers that advertise on larger wedding websites. You can find them by looking through hashtags EX: #SanAntonioWeddingPhotographer or #AustinWeddingVideographer. Just make sure they are legit and always get a signed contract.


Music – 7%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Coordinating Photo By Nate & Grace Photography By: Faithful Plan
  • Ceremony Musician

  • Cocktail Hour Musician

  • Live Band or DJ for Reception


Tips for the Budget Bride: Look into DJs who have a package that covers Ceremony, Cocktail, and Reception. If this isn’t savings enough then consider renting audio equipment, creating a playlist yourself, and assigning a friend to be the DJ/MC for the night


Floral – 6%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Heidi Elyse Photo Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Bouquets - for the Bride, Bridesmaids, & Bouquet Toss

  • Boutonnieres - for the Groom, Groomsmen, Fathers, Grandfathers, & Ring Bearers

  • Corsages – For the Mothers & Grandmothers

  • Flower Pedals for the Flower Girl & to scatter along the aisle

  • Ceremony Arch Flowers

  • Reception Centerpieces

  • Wedding Cake Flowers

  • Florist Delivery Fee











Tips for the Budget Bride: Flowers are typically pricey and hiring a professional florist is EXPENSIVE. The easiest thing to do is go light on the flowers, think smaller bouquets and X the floral centerpieces.


Wedding Coordinator / Partial Planner – 3%

*Full Service Wedding Planners will typically be closer to 10%

Faithful Plan Wedding Coordinating Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: B.Simply
  • Day-of Wedding Coordinator or Partial Wedding Planner

  • Vendor Referrals

  • Day-of Itinerary creation

  • Final walk through

  • Assistance with Rehearsal

  • Decoration Set-up & Break down

  • Full time management of the wedding day



Tips for the Budget Bride: *Enter shameless self-promo* Hire Faithful Plan to do your Day-of Coordinating or Partial Wedding Planning





Props/ Decoration / Extra Rentals - 2%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Kayce Patterson Backdrop Owned By: Faithful Plan
  • Backdrops, f=Flower Walls, Arches

  • Signage

  • Centerpieces

  • Photo Booth

  • Sparklers & other Grand Exit items







Tips for the Budget Bride: *Enter more shameless self-promo * Backdrops, Centerpieces, Ring bearer Accessories, and Signage can all be rented from Faithful Plan. For extra savings always purchase less Grand Exit items then you think you will need.





Cake – 2%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Karina Beseril Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Bride's cake / Main Wedding Cake

  • Groom’s cake

  • Cake Topper

  • Cake Stand

  • Cake Cutting Fee

  • Delivery Fee

Tips for the Budget Bride: Nothing Bundt Cakes are on the rise as alternative wedding cakes. However, if you are set on the traditional tiered wedding cake then ditch the Groom’s cake and save the extra money.


Invitations & Paper – 2%

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  • Save-the-Dates, including envelopes

  • Wedding Invitations, including envelopes & RSVP cards

  • Stamps (As of 9/30/2019 a sheet of “Wedding Stamps” is $11)

  • Return Address Labels

  • Thank You Cards, including Envelopes

  • Ceremony Programs

  • Dinner Menu Cards

  • Reserved Table signs

  • Place seating cards




Tips for the Budget Bride: Websites like Vista Print and Walgreen provide a wide variety of editable templates to choose from. Both sites also have sales year round!


Rings – 2%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Morgan Eve Photo Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • All Wedding Bands

  • Resizing / Cleaning Fees

  • Customization & Engravings


Tips for the Budget Bride: Skip the big Jewelry store and visit your local pawn shop, you will save hundreds to thousands of dollars! Trustworthy pawn shops will have a return window which gives you time to take it to a jeweler to get cleaned and checked for authenticity.



Beauty – 2%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Coordinating Photo By: Nate & Grace Photography Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Hair & Make-up Trial Appointment

  • Wedding Hair & Make-up

  • Special make-up products specifically for the wedding day

Tips for the Budget Bride: If hiring a professional makeup artist is out of your budget, ask if someone in your wedding party, a family member, or friend who is good at doing make up can do if for you. Most people would be more than happy to do your wedding make up. Just make sure to do a test run before the big day.


Transportation - 2%


  • Bridal Party transportation to and from the Ceremony & Reception locations

  • Valet Parking Service

  • Bride & Groom getaway car

Tips for the Budget Bride: Transportation for the wedding party is the first thing I nip when it comes to Budget Brides. Use the money instead towards the food or dress.


Favors & Gifts – 2%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Nate & Grace Photography Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • Wedding Favors

  • Wedding Party, Flower Girl, & Ring Bearer Gifts

  • Parents Gifts





Tips for the Budget Bride: The last thing you want is to spend a ton of money on wedding favors that no one actually takes home. The best option is to think simple, edible, or both. Here Comes the Bride gives a list of 10 totally cute Wedding Favors for Under a $1








Extra Fees / Buffer Money – 5%

Easy Wedding Budget Breakdown Photo By: Nate & Grace Photography Coordinating By: Faithful Plan
  • A buffer zone for unaccounted for cost

  • Vendor Tips

  • Unaccounted for Sales Tax

  • Vendor overtime fees







Tips for the Budget Bride: Before you think you won’t need this much set aside for buffer room, trust me you will. It’ll happen, whether it’s not accounting for the amount of stamps you actually need, dress alterations costing more than expected, or a ceremony weather contingency plan being put into action, having money set aside with in your budget for all the what if’s is a must.

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