Sample Wedding Budget 30K

October 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

Sample Wedding Budget of 30K

Use the estimate below to guide your expenses, hopefully it will help you to remember to add all the things needed, and help you cut out the things that are not.

 
CEREMONY LOCATION FEE
What affects price? If you're members of a congregation or you have a connection to a private site such as a country club, university, or relative's home, you may pay less than you would if you get married in a house of worship where you aren't members or you rent out a posh event space for the ceremony and reception. An auxilliary chapel may cost less than the main sanctuary. Demand for the space can also affect cost. 300.00
 
OFFICIANT FEE/DONATION
What affects price? Officiant fees vary widely. Some may charge $200 up, others will charge nothing at all. Some ask for a donation to the house of worship; others may want simply to attend your reception. Popularity of the officiant can also determine the fee; if travel is involved, you may have to pick up the tab. Finally, some officiants charge more to attend the rehearsal. 300.00
 
CEREMONY ACCESSORIES (baskets, pillows, candles , etc.)
What affects price? If you're using accessories such as a huppah, unity candle, ring pillow, or flower girl basket, this is an area where you can spend a lot. Are you going all out with rose petals? Choosing bubbles for guests to blow post-ceremony? Decide what's important to you beforehand and whether you want to purchase or borrow things so you can stay within your budget. 180.00
 
subtotal
780.00
 
 
RECEPTION VENUE/RENTALS (TENT, TABLES, TOILETS, ETC.)
What affects price? Costs fluctuate depending on time of year and day of the week (summertime and Saturday nights are more expensive, for instance). Popularity and location of the site are other variables that can raise the price, as well as whether yours is the only wedding at the site on that day. Renting a tent, tables, chairs, dinner service, portable toilets, and other amenities add big bucks to the total cost. Consider, too, the size of your guest list: more people = higher price. Remember to factor in tips for delivery people. 2400.00
 
FOOD & SERVICE
What affects price? The size of your guest list and the menu you decide to offer are the number-one factors here. A dinner reception or seated luncheon costs more than than a cocktail party or champagne and cake reception. If you choose foods that are out of season (fresh berries, asparagus) or not local to your area (seafood, exotic game) you will also spend more. In addtion, the type of waitservice can affect price. Remember to factor in tips for waitstaff. 60.00 x 150 guests (9000.00)
 
BEVERAGES & BARTENDER
What affects price? Top-shelf alcohol costs more than house brands (although sometimes these are the same). Serving beer and wine only is less expensive than offering mixed drinks. Having a limited bar, rather than an open bar, and limiting the kind of drinks offered will also cut down on bar costs. Having a minimum number of bartenders is another way to save. Remember to factor in tips for bartenders. 16.00 x 150 guests (2400.00)
 
CAKE(S) & CUTTING FEE
What affects price? Cakes are usually priced by the slice. Elaborate cakes with many tiers, custom designs, and handmade details cost more, as do fancy fillings and flavors. To save, some people buy an exquisite small cake to cut in front of guests and serve a sheet cake of the same flavor. There may be a cake-cutting fee at some reception sites (from $1.50-$6 a head) if you bring your own cake. 750.00
 
 
subtotal
14550.00
 
 
 
THE DRESS & ALTERATIONS
What affects price? Quality fabric, a custom design, and embellishments (beading, handmade lace) can all add to the cost of a gown. Alterations and rush orders also up the price. Explore your options on The Knot Wedding Gown Search. Need to save? Check out sample sales, look at white bridesmaid dresses, or borrow Mom's or a friend's gown. 1800.00
 
HEADPIECE/VEIL
What affects price? Cost will increase the longer your veil, and whether it's handmade, crafted from lace or tulle, or has appliques will also affect the price. Headpieces vary widely; fine stones will obviously cost more imitation jewels. Traditional headpiece not for you? Opt for fresh flowers or decorative hairpins. Explore veil styles and headpieces in The Knot Accessories Search. 300.00
 
BRIDE'S ACCESSORIES (LINGERIE, SHOES, GLOVES, BAG, JEWELRY, ETC.)
What affects price? Exclusivity of the designer; materials (leather, satin, silk, and so on); whether you already have some accessories, are willing to borrow them, or want all new ones. Take a look at Made with Stars Accessories for your wedding-day accessory options. 300.00
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HAIR & MAKEUP
What affects price? Of course having your makeup done by a professional makeup artist costs more than doing it yourself. Demand and popularity of professionals you choose can also affect cost. Hairdressers will charge more depending on the complexity of the hairstyle you want; for instance, an updo costs more than getting a simple blowout. Remember to factor in tips for your hairdresser and makeup artist. 150.00
 
PRE-WEDDING PAMPERING
What affects price? Decide how much pampering you're going to need -- and make room in your budget for a special treat. 150.00
 
GROOM'S TUX/SUIT
What affects price? Whether you rent or buy; exclusivity of designer; whether accessories like shirt, shoes, and cummerbund or vest are included in the basic rental; demand/popularity of the style you like. Browse tux and formalwear options at The Knot Tuxedo Search. 180.00
 
GROOM'S ACCESSORIES (SHOES, TIE, CUFFLINKS, ETC.)
What affects price? If you already own shoes, cuff links, studs, and other tux accessories, you might opt to use those. Or you may decide to go all out and get something special for your wedding day. Browse tux and formalwear accessory options at The Knot Tuxedo Search. 90.00
 
subtotal
2970.00
 
 
BRIDE'S BOUQUET
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the size and style of your bouquet (nosegay, cascade, and so on); the complexity of the arrangement; and whether a florist arranges it or you create your own will all affect the cost. 225.00
 
BRIDESMAID BOUQUETS(EACH)
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the size and style of the bouquets (nosegay, cascade, and so on); the complexity of the arrangements; and whether a florist arranges them or you create your own will all affect the cost. 100.00 x 3 people (300.00)
 
GROOM & GROOMSMEN BOUTONNIERES (EACH)
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the style and complexity of the boutonniere; and whether a florist arranges them or you create your own will all affect the cost. 15.00 x 4 people (60.00)
 
FLOWER GIRL'S FLOWERS
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the size and style of her arrangement (pomander or basket for example); and whether a florist arranges it or you create your own will all affect the cost. 45.00
 
ADDITIONAL BOUTONNIERES/CORSAGES
What affects price? The types of flowers you choose and whether they are in season; the style and complexity of the corsage or boutonniere; and whether a florist arranges them or you create your own will all affect the cost. 150.00
 
RECEPTION DECORATIONS/CENTERPIECES
What affects price? The type, size, and complexity of arrangements; the varieties of flowers and greenery used and whether they are in season; the number of tables that will have arrangements; and finally how many additional floral decorations (like floral arches, wreaths, and vines) based on the size of the room will all affect your final cost. 1200.00
 
CEREMONY SITE DECORATIONS
What affects price? The type, size, and complexity of decorations; the varieties of flowers and greenery used and whether they are in season; and how many additional floral arrangements (like arches, wreaths, and vines) based on the size of the ceremony site (altar decorations, pew arrangements, door wreaths and so on) will all affect your final cost. 420.00
 
subtotal
2400.00
 
 
CEREMONY MUSICIANS
What affects price? Number of musicians; how long they play; whether they work for the ceremony site or you have to hire them; whether the same musicians will also play at your reception (you may get a price break). Professional muscians will cost more than amateurs or students. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 300.00
 
COCKTAIL HOUR MUSICIANS
What affects price? Number of musicians; how long they play; whether the same musicians will also play at your reception (you may get a price break). Professional muscians will cost more than amateurs or students. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 300.00
 
RECEPTION BAND/DISC JOCKEY
What affects price? Demand and popularity of the band or DJ can determine the price as well as how many people will play or emcee. How long you want them to play is another major factor. Professional muscians and DJs will cost more than amateurs or students. Sophistication of the DJ's equipment or the band's sound system can also affect cost. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 1800.00
 
subtotal
2400.00
 
 
What affects price? Demand and popularity of the photographer; whether assistants are requried; how long you want the photographer to work; the number and types of cameras and other equipment; kinds of film; number and sizes of prints you buy (or the package you choose); photo treatments that mean extra darkroom work. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 1800.00
 
VIDEOGRAPHER'S FEE
What affects price? Demand and popularity of the videographer; whether assistants are requried; how long you want the videographer to work; the number and types of cameras and other equipment; length and type of the video and the number of tapes you buy (or the package you choose); special effects that mean extra editing-room work. Remember to factor in tips where appropriate. 1500.00
 
What affects price? The package you purchase; how many prints you order; whether you want a bridal album and/or parent albums or additional copies of your video. 300.00
 
subtotal
3600.00
 
 
INVITATIONS & REPLY CARDS (MAPS, OTHER INSERTS, CALLIGRAPHY COSTS, ETC.) (EACH)
What affects price? What kind of invitations you order; the type of paper they are printed on; the printing technique (engraved or thermographed, for instance); the number you need based on your guest list; whether you need extra enclosure cards, maps, or other inserts. Extra postage may be required depending on the weight and shape. How envelopes are addressed will also affect cost: professional calligraphy, laser printing, or addressing by hand. 5.00 x 150 guests (750.00)
 
OTHER STATIONERY (ANNOUNCEMENTS, THANK YOU NOTES, ETC.)
What affects price? What kind of stationery you order; the type of paper; the printing technique (engraved or thermographed, for instance); how much you need; and whether you order along with your invitations. Extra postage may be required depending on the weight and shape. 150.00
 
subtotal
900.00
 
 
HER RING
What affects price? The type of metal you choose (silver, gold, platinum); whether you have gemstones and or detailing on band; whether you opt for engraving; the size and weight of the ring; whether it is custom-designed or ready-to-wear. 300.00
 
HIS RING
What affects price? The type of metal you choose (silver, gold, platinum); whether you have gemstones and or detailing on band; whether you opt for engraving; the size and weight of the ring; whether it is custom-designed or ready-to-wear. 300.00
 
subtotal
600.00
 
LIMO(S)/CAR RENTAL
What affects price? Size, type, and color of cars; how many hours you rent the vehicles for; included amenities (champagne, TV, full bar, and so on); how many cars you rent. Remember to factor in tips for the drivers. 450.00
 
GUEST SHUTTLE/PARKING
What affects price? The size of your guest list will determine how large of a shuttle/parking lot you need; how long you need the shuttle/guests need to park; whether you opt for valet service. Remember to factor in a tip for valets or shuttle drivers. 300.00
 
BRIDE/GROOM HOTEL ROOM(S)
What affects price? Whether you rent a honeymoon suite at the same hotel where your wedding reception is held or where your guests are staying; the type of room that you book; additional amenities (room service, mini bar, and so on). 150.00
 
subtotal
900.00
 
 
ATTENDANT GIFTS (EACH)
What affects price? Number of attendants you have in your wedding party and what you decide to give to each; whether you give honor attendants more expensive presents. 42.86 x (3 bridesmaids + 4 groomsmen ) 300.00
 
FAVORS (EACH)
What affects price? How many and what type of favors you give; whether you want personalization (your names and wedding date on them). Ordering in bulk can cut costs. 3.00 x 150 guests (450.00)
 
PARENT GIFTS
What affects price? Number of sets of parents you have between you and what you decide to give to each. 150
 
subtotal
900.00
 
Your Budget     30000.00
 
 

 


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