Bridesmaid's gifts, Transportation, Stationary _ 2% each Rentals, Miscellaneous _ 3% each Flowers _ 10% Photography _ 11% DJ entertainment and Lighting Design _ 10% Bridal Attire _ 12% Reception _ 45% These figures can be a good starting point for budgeting your wedding. Obviously, nothing is set in stone but if you follow a budget, you should be around the figure you would like to keep the total cost at. The percentage is based on the total cost. So, if you would like to spend ฤꯠ total on a wedding, űꯠ (ฤꯠ x 45%) shall be allocated for the reception. The responsibility of cost for a wedding is stated by tradition. There is no right or wrong way to figure costs. It is a matter of choice and it's something that you should discuss with both sets of parents. More than likely they will incur some of the financial burden. They will also want to be involved in your decision making process.
Write down what you spent last month. Use Categories like mortgage, food, entertainment, clothing, transportation and savings. Savings is an important category. Is there something you should be spending your money on that you didn't last month, but that you think you should. Already the process begins to uncover things you want to know Write down what you expect to earn next month. If you are on a variable income, it might be helpful to put this in three columns: The minimum you expect, an average of what to expect, and the highest amount you expect to earn. Don't count on the highest number, but it is a great goal setting exercise to strive for that high number on a monthly basis. Write down what you KNOW you will spend next month. Fixed expenses like mortgages, property taxes are known amounts. They are constant every month and don't change. While you can change your rent or mortgage amounts by moving, it is unlikely that you will do this next month. So consider these Fixed expenses.