Include all variable expenses now, car maintenance, electricity, heating, these can vary throughout the year you need to calculate them and come up with an average monthly amount. None essential expenses like eating out coffee at Starbucks, weekend getaways, extravagant vacations, fancy clothing, motorcycles, ATV's, if you use them, write them down, realize these are wants, not needs. Now total these all up, fixed expenses, variable expenses, and non_essential expenses,there you now have your total expenses.
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.