Rings _ Rings are such an important symbolic part of the wedding. You do not want to forget the cost associated with them. Typical costs will run between 2 to 5%. The main differences here will be between the metal used and the diamond chosen for the ring. Design rings and signature pieces can often run 2 to 3 times more then a custom made ring. Many jewelers are happy to custom make a ring for you. _ Flowers / Decorations _ There are a variety of expenses in this category which include everything from flowers to reception decorations. Typical costs will run between 6 to 10% of the total budget.
Now we have reached the make adjustments phase, subtract your expenses from your income and if you have some money left over at the end of the month you have got yourself a budget. Realistically most people will not have a workable budget at this point, again it's not really your fault if you don't have a budget, because nobody ever took the time to show you how to set up a budget, much less help you stay on a budget. It doesn't take a rocket scientist at this point to figure out that you should reduce your nonessential spending habits and that's what they usually are is habits, they are your wants, not your needs. Pare your expenses down so you have some money left over at the end of the month and you now have your first monthly budget.