Wedding Budget: A Basic Breakdown of What You Can Expect to Pay

Not sure how to plan your wedding budget or what percent of your total to spend on individual costs? Let MODwedding do the math for you. From the dress and the flowers to the venue and food, here’s how to budget for the wedding of your dreams.

MODwedding Note: The national average wedding cost is $32,641 according to CNN Money and TheKnot.

1. Dress and Attire (10%)

  • Dress and alterations
  • Headpiece and veil
  • Bridal accessories
  • Hair and makeup
  • Groom’s tux or suit
  • Groom’s accessories
  • Miscellaneous fees

2. Wedding Rings (2%)

  • Bride’s ring
  • Groom’s ring

3. Ceremony (2%)

  • Site fee
  • Officiant fee or church donation
  • Miscellaneous fees

4. Reception (50%)

  • Reception venue fee
  • Reception Rentals
  • Food and service
  • Beverage and Bartenders
  • Wedding Cake
  • Miscellaneous fees

5. Photography and Videography (10%)

  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Additional prints and albums
  • Miscellaneous fees

6. Music (10%)

  • Ceremony musicians
  • Cocktail-hour musicians
  • Reception band, deejay or entertainment
  • Sound-system or dance-floor rental
  • Miscellaneous fees

7. Flowers and Decorations (10%)

  • Ceremony decorations and flowers
  • Reception decorations and centerpieces
  • Flower girl flowers and basket
  • Ring pillow
  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Boutonnieres
  • Corsages
  • Lighting
  • Miscellaneous fees

8. Stationery (2%)

  • Save-the-date cards
  • Invitations and RSVPs
  • Programs
  • Seating and place cards
  • Menu cards
  • Thank-you notes
  • Postage
  • Miscellaneous fees

9. Favors and Gifts (3%)

  • Welcome gifts for out-of-town guests
  • Gifts for the entire bridal party
  • Parent gifts
  • Miscellaneous fees

10. Transportation (1%)

  • Limousine or car rental for bride and groom
  • Limousine or car rental for bridal party
  • Transportation for out-of-town guests
  • Valet parking
  • Miscellaneous fees
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