Budgeting for a Traditional Wedding

Did you know that the average wedding costs $31,213? From necessities like wedding rings and cake to frills like pre-wedding massages and limousines, we’ve put together a budget checklist to help you plan for your special day.

Determining how much money you have to spend is an essential first step. Consider:

  • You and your fiancee’s expectations
  • Your parents’ expectations
  • Who is funding what; can parents chip in?

Then you can determine everything from the wedding dress to the guest list.


Wedding hall decor and lighting

Wedding rings
Fees and tip for officient and church
Bridal gown and veil
Florist – bridal bouquet, reception centerpieces, church
Venue and meal costs for rehearsal dinner and caterer on day of wedding; bar service
Alcohol – including champagne
Music and entertainment
Overtime charges, gratuities and service fees
Decor for the church and reception venue
Favors and wedding party gifts
Guest book


Wedding planner
Extra decor (lighting, chair covers), other rentals
Additional floral decor
Bridesmaids’ gowns
Tux rentals
Hair and makeup, including trial
Save-the-date cards
Formal rehearsal dinner invites

Icing on the cake

Bridesmaids’ hair styling
Manicure and pedicure, pre-day massage for you and even your wedding party
Hotel and transportation costs, if paying for out-of-town guests

Stylist pinning up a bride's hairstyle before the wedding

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