The Ultimate Wedding Budget List Every Couple Should Have

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Creating a wedding budget is the first step every couple should take when wedding planning. Your wedding budget ultimately shapes the type of wedding you will have and the guest list. Unfortunately, figuring out your wedding budget can quickly become an overwhelming and daunting task. In other words, wedding planning can go from exciting to overwhelming in a flash. As a result, numerous engaged couples forgo a wedding budget. Furthermore, engaged couples who do not make a wedding budget typically spend more on their wedding. If going into wedding debt is not an option for you, we got you. Here at The Venlist, we are all about wedding planning and budgeting! We have created a comprehensive wedding budget list below just for you. If you incorporate this handy list into a spreadsheet, it will make your wedding planning experience a lot better!

The Ultimate Wedding Budget List

Ceremony

Location

  • Site fee
  • Officiant fee or church donation

Reception

Venue

  • Security Deposit
  • Facility Cleaning Fees
  • Venue fee

Catering

  • Staffing fee (Servers, Captain, chef, kitchen prep, etc.)
  • Food cost
  • Tax
  • Wedding Cake cutting fees

Beverages

  • Staff (Bartender and additional staff)
  • Service fee
  • Alcohol
  • Mixers and garnishes
  • Non-Alcoholic drink options
  • Tax

Wedding Cake

  • Wedding cake cost
  • Tax
  • Delivery fee

Party Rentals

  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Tablecloths
  • Napkins
  • Plates, forks, knives, glasses, etc.
  • Dance floor
  • Delivery fee

Wedding Attire 

Bridal Attire

  • Headpiece and/or veil
  • Alterations
  • Bridal accessories
  • Hair and makeup
  • Bridal Attire

Groom’s Attire

  • Groom’s accessories
  • Alterations

Flowers and Decorations 

Wedding Party

  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Boutonnieres
  • Corsages
  • Flower girl’s buds and basket
  • Ring pillow

Ceremony

  • Floral arrangements for the ceremony
  • Ceremony decorations

Reception

  • Centerpieces for the reception
  • Reception decorations
  • Lighting

Music 

Ceremony

  • Ceremony musicians
  • Set-up fees

Reception

  • Cocktail-hour musicians
  • Reception band and/or DJ
  • Sound-system
  • Set-up fees

Photography and Film

  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Additional prints and albums
  • Travel fees
  • Additional hours

Favors and Gifts

Guest

  • Welcome gifts for out-of-town guests
  • Departing favors

Wedding Party

  • Wedding party gifts

Stationery

Pre Wedding

  • Save-the-date cards
  • Invitations and RSVPs
  • Postage

Ceremony

  • Ceremony Programs
  • Signage

Reception

  • Seating chart and/or place cards
  • Menu cards

Post Wedding

  • Thank-you notes
  • Postage

Wedding Rings

  • Bride’s wedding band
  • Groom’s wedding band

Transportation

  • Limousine or car rental for the wedding couple
  • Limousine or car rental for the wedding party
  • Transportation for out-of-town guests
  • Valet parking

Miscellaneous

  • Miscellaneous expenses

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