1) Venue and Accommodation
This includes the cost of renting your ceremony and reception venues. If you’re hosting out-of-town guests, you might also need to consider the cost of block-booking hotel rooms.
2) Catering and Beverages
Consider the costs of appetizers, main courses, desserts, as well as alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. Don’t forget service charges and gratuities.
This encompasses the bride’s dress, groom’s suit, shoes, accessories, alterations, and potentially the outfits for bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the wedding party. This also includes your wedding jewellery. Don’t forget to factor in your wedding ring of choise.
4) Photography and Videography
Professional photos and videos will capture memories to last a lifetime. Budget for a reputable photographer and videographer.
5) Flowers and Decor
This includes bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and any other decor elements you want at the ceremony and reception venues.
Consider the costs for your DJ, live band, or any other entertainers you’d like to have. Also think about lighting, sound systems, and any special effects.
7) Invitations and Stationery
Save-the-dates, wedding invitations, programs, menus, and thank you cards are some of the print materials you might need.
This can range from a limousine for the couple to charter buses for guests, especially if the ceremony and reception are in different locations.
9) Beauty and Grooming
Hair and makeup for the bride and bridal party, and perhaps grooming for the groom and his groomsmen. Also, consider any pre-wedding beauty treatments like manicures, pedicures, facials, or massages.
10) Contingency Fund
This is an often-overlooked item but very important. Always set aside a percentage of your budget (usually 5-10%) for unexpected costs. There will inevitably be some surprises along the way, and having a buffer can prevent unnecessary stress.
Remember, every wedding is unique, so while these are general categories, couples should tailor their budgets according to their personal priorities and preferences. Some might prioritize a lavish venue while others might allocate more funds to gourmet catering or a top-tier photographer. It’s all about what’s most important to you as a couple.