An average wedding will spend 50% of their budget on the reception. This includes food, drinks, and venue. 10% of the budget is spent on the attire. This includes bridesmaid dresses, suites for the groomsmen, as well as the bridal gown. Another 10% is spent on the decorations, and another 10% on music. Plan to spend another 10% on a photographer or a videographer, and the rest for miscellaneous charges. This of course is not set in stone. Your wedding might be much different then this. But when setting up your wedding budget worksheet this is a good place to start.
Photographs _ which professional company are you going to choose Music _ DJ Entertainment or live music, what about lighting design Rentals _ Would you like a photo booth rental at your reception Transportation _ a limousine, a luxury rental car, friend's new car, or family car _ The cost breakdown should be flexible enough to allow for minor changes. It is better to account for changes than wait until the last minute. However, some budgets have the freedom to move around for last minute budgeting. Most vendors understand this, and will give you the option to upgrade or add on a service a month before the wedding. Reputable services require a 50% non_refundable retainer payment in order to reserve your date. Typically, any outstanding balances will be due 2 weeks prior to your big day.