Planning Your Akron/Canton Wedding Budget
By Shana E. Mysko
The first thing you need to start planning your wedding is an overall budget. Your budget will be the basis for every wedding detail from the florist to the photographer. There are many factors to consider when figuring out a wedding budget. You and your fiancé should examine your income, savings and investments, and take all of your current expenses (rent, groceries, bills, etc.) into consideration. If you're lucky, parents may be contributing to the cost of your wedding. Have an open and honest conversation with them about any contributions they might be making and have them help you figure out your overall budget. You may want to set your budget ten percent less than what you actually want to spend because most couples go over budget.
Here is an average breakdown of how couples divide wedding budgets. You should change this list according to your own desires. For instance, if flowers are more important to you than videography, then move your budget around to suit your tastes.
To get an estimate on the amount you'll be spending on your costs, multiply your total wedding budget by the percentage. For instance, if your wedding budget is $20,000 and you want to allot 3% of your budget for the ceremony: $20,000 x 3. = $600 budget for the ceremony.
Wedding Attire: 9%
Gown and alterations, veil, headpiece, lingerie, shoes, hair and make-up and Groom's attire
Marriage license, site and Officiant's fee, isle runners, candles and other decorative items.
Site fee, rentals and valet or parking service.
Food & Drink: 40%
Meals, beverages, bartenders, linens and the wedding cake.
Invitations & Stationery: 3%
Invitations, calligraphy, programs and thnk you notes.
Flowers & Decorations: 8%
Bridal and attendant bouquets, groom's and groomsmen's boutonnieres, reception centerpieces and ceremony site flowers.
Ceremony music, cocktail hour and reception music.
Photograhy & Videography: