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.
First, track your spending and expenses for the next 30 days. You can begin by recording all your purchases on a weekly expense report worksheet that you fill out each day. Save your receipts from each purchase and then record a description of the purchase, the amount, its category, and how you made the purchase; whether by cash, check, or credit card.