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    How To Set Up A Wedding Budget That Will Enable You Have The Perfect Smile On Your Big Day

    Your wedding costs and wedding budget percentages will vary depending on where you are getting married and the size of your guest list.

    Here is a guide on how to set up a wedding budget

    CEREMONY (3%)

    A portion of your budget should be allotted for the wedding ceremony; specific costs might include:

    • Ceremony venue rental
    • Marriage license
    • Officiant
    • Any decoration needed

    RECEPTION VENUE, CATERING, & RENTALS (45%)

    The majority of your budget should go to your reception, meaning the venue, food, and beverage costs. These may include:

    • Reception venue rental
    • Catering (food, service, rentals such as flatware, stemware, china, linens, etc.)
    • Bartending (service, alcohol, rentals such as glassware, etc.)

     

    PHOTOGRAPHY AND/OR VIDEOGRAPHY (12%)

    Great wedding photos are a must to create a loving memory, so this is not something you’ll want to skimp on.

    RECEPTION MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT (10%)

    Think of this as your party soundtrack. In general, DJs are more affordable than bands, but there’s nothing like a live band to get a crowd excited and on their feet.

     

    STATIONERY (3%)

    This include all of your wedding stationery, from engagement announcements and save the dates to your thank you notes.

    WEDDING RINGS (2%)

    Your wedding ring is very important, so don’t forget to budget for your wedding rings.

     

    WEDDING ATTIRE (9%)

    Here, you’ll want to budget for both of your wedding-day looks, and wedding party looks if you are covering any hair, makeup, or attire for them.

    • Attire (wedding dress, wedding suit)
    • Alterations
    • Accessories (shoes, veil, jewelry, tie, pocket square, etc.)
    • Hair styling
    • Makeup styling

     

    FLOWERS & DECORATIONS (10%)

    Most couples do not have any idea how much to budget for florals, lighting, and other wedding decorations. It is advisable to allocate 10% of your overall wedding budget to this sector.

    This would include personal flowers, as well as ceremony decorations, cocktail hour florals, centerpieces, and other non-floral decorations.

    Read also: Common Mistakes Nigerian Couples Make When Hiring Their Wedding Planner. Here’s How To Avoid These Mistakes!

     

    FAVOURS & GIFTS (2%)

    Wedding favours are a sweet way to send guests home with a parting gift. Don’t forget gifts for your wedding party members to thank them for helping you prepare for the wedding day.

    CAKE (2%)

    Remember your cake. Afterall, what’s a wedding without a cake?

     

    TRANSPORTATION (2%)

    Hiring transportation services ensures that everyone gets to where they need to be safely and on time. This may include:

    • Newlyweds’ getaway car
    • Wedding-party transportation to and from the ceremony, reception, and lodging
    • Parking

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