At the top of any wedding budget worksheet you have the 6 most important categories: the wedding gown, bride's accessories, hair & make_up, groom's attire, groom's accessories and the wedding bands. These are the things that should always be budgeted first. After that, you have the following categories: the ceremony rental, the reception rental and equipment, celebrant's fees and flowers. Once you have budgeted money for these categories of expenses, you've got all the necessary things to get married. But of course, you have to accommodate the guests better than that.
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.