This is our suggested wedding budget worksheet. You may have to adjust the percentages allocated for each budget category. The values listed here are a guide on what to expect expenses to be. In some cases, there isn't enough money allocated in a category to cover known expenses. Therefore the amounts in other categories need to be reduced, an alternative and less expensive choice needs to be made, and/or more total dollars need to become available.

Enter Total Dollars Available

Enter number of people attending

Percentage Total
whole numbers only please





Budget Amount

% of Budget

Reception (45%)
Your food and beverages will eat up the largest percentage of your budget. This category includes:

  • Site fee, if applicable
  • Catering costs (including tax and tip)
  • Bar and non-alcoholic drinks, punch, shots, etc.
  • Wedding cake and sweets
  • Valet parking, if applicable

$75.00 per person

Transportation (5%)
If you are on a strict budget, this is one place you can save. Transportation should be one of the smallest percentages of your budget. This category includes the following:

  • Limousines
  • Limo buses
  • Specialty cars, etc.

Entertainment (10%)
This category includes the following:

  • Ceremony music (organist, harpist, bagpipes, strings, horns, piano, etc.)
  • Cocktail hour music
  • Reception Music (DJ or band)

Flowers (10%)
Be very careful. It is easy to get "carried away" ordering the most "visual" aspect of your wedding. This category includes:

  • Ceremony - site flowers
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Wedding party flowers
  • Parent's flowers
  • Reception centerpieces and floral displays

Attire (10%)
This is another category that is really easy to go wild on. While selecting your "gown" keep your "bottom line" in mind. This category includes:

  • Dress
  • Headpiece/veil
  • Lingerie
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes/wrap/gloves
  • Hair and makeup
  • Grooms tux or suit

Photography (10%)
Your memories will eat up another 10% of your budget. This category includes:

  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Engagement portrait
  • Wedding - album package

Stationary (4%)
This is another category in which you can save by choosing a simple invitation. This category includes:

  • Invitations and enclosures
  • Announcements
  • Thank-you notes
  • Postage
  • Programs

Extras (6%)
This is where you put all the miscellaneous items that can really add up to BIG MONEY!! If you choose all of the little extra touches, you will go way over your alloted 6%. You need to make a choice on how important each category is to you and "borrow" percentage points from other categories which may be less important to you. Items usually needed:

  • Attendants gifts
  • Wedding gifts for each other
  • Favors
  • Welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
  • Wedding rings
  • Rehearsal Dinner (not usually included in budget)
  • Marriage license
  • Church/ceremony site fees
  • Officiant fees
  • Specialty linens
  • Chair covers
  • Other reception or ceremony decorations

Percentage Total is 100%