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  • Writer's pictureKasey D.

Calling All Brides on a Budget!


Creating a wedding budget checklist is essential for managing expenses and ensuring that you cover all necessary aspects of your big day without breaking the bank. Here's a comprehensive checklist to guide you through the planning process:


Wedding Budget Checklist

  1. Overall Budget

  • Determine your total budget for the wedding. Consider contributions from families, savings, and any other sources of funding.

  1. Venue

  • Ceremony location fee

  • Reception location fee

  • Venue insurance (if required)

  1. Catering

  • Food service (per person cost, tasting sessions)

  • Beverage and alcohol service

  • Cake and/or dessert

  1. Attire

  • Bride’s dress and alterations

  • Bride’s accessories (shoes, jewelry, veil)

  • Groom’s attire and accessories

  • Hair and makeup for the bride

  • Bridesmaids’ dresses

  • Groomsmen’s attire

  1. Rings

  • Engagement ring

  • Wedding bands

  1. Flowers and Decor

  • Bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids

  • Boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen

  • Centerpieces for the reception

  • Additional decorations (aisle runners, lighting, etc.)

  1. Photography and Videography

  • Photographer’s fee

  • Videographer’s fee

  • Albums and prints

  1. Entertainment

  • DJ or band fee

  • Ceremony musicians

  • Other entertainment (photo booth, etc.)

  1. Stationery

  • Save-the-dates

  • Invitations and RSVPs

  • Programs

  • Menus

  • Thank-you cards

  • Postage

  1. Transportation

  • Transportation for the wedding party

  • Guest shuttles (if necessary)

  1. Gifts and Favors

  • Welcome bags for out-of-town guests

  • Favors for guests

  • Gifts for the wedding party

  1. Officiant

  • Officiant’s fee or donation

  • Marriage license fee

  1. Miscellaneous

  • Wedding planner or coordinator (if used)

  • Tips for vendors

  • Emergency fund (for unexpected expenses)

  1. Honeymoon

  • Travel and accommodation

  • Activities and dining

Tips for Sticking to Your Budget:

  • Prioritize what’s most important to you and your partner.

  • Research vendors thoroughly to ensure you’re getting good value.

  • Consider off-peak season weddings for potential savings.

  • DIY what you can, but be realistic about your time and skills.

  • Keep track of all expenses in a spreadsheet or wedding planning app.

Remember, the key to a successful wedding budget is flexibility and open communication with your partner and any family members contributing to the wedding expenses. Adjustments may be necessary as you get closer to the big day, so be prepared to revisit and revise your budget accordingly.

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