Wedding Expenses: What Will it Cost?

Budget and Expenses: How to Cut Costs

Everyone has different dreams of what their wedding day will look like and how much they are willing to spend to make that dream come true. Different categories of the big day take up different percentages of your budget as well. These categories include the reception, ceremony, stationery and guest details, flowers and decor, photo and video, dress and attire, and music and entertainment. Allocating how much you can spend on these categories requires planning and sometimes cutting costs. That’s what we’re here for.


The Reception

According to Alyson Nicole, a wedding dress designer and blogger from, you should plan for 50 percent of your budget to be used on the reception and stationery. This would include things like the venue, catering, drinks and cake. This would also include the invitations, save-the-dates, seating chart and more. To save on stationery costs, you could use e-invitations. To save on the reception, you could choose a venue such as a barn or outdoor space versus a hotel. Alyssa Griffith, a blogger from, showed that thinking outside the box when it comes to venues can really save you money in the long run. One couple rented an art gallery for $800 as their venue.


The Ceremony

You are about to marry the love of your life, but where? According to, the average starting fee for a wedding ceremony is $600. Again, choosing a different venue for the ceremony, such as an outdoor venue, can cut these costs. Another way to cut costs is to have a friend or family member get ordained and marry you themselves!



The floral arrangements and decor of your wedding can set the whole mood, but it doesn’t always have to be pricey. If you are crafty, there are many ways you can save money and create an original look for your wedding. You can DIY your flowers and centerpieces for under $500 using a site called, which delivers real flowers to your door a few days prior to your wedding for you to assemble.



A picture is worth a thousand words. One thing you may not want to skip out on is the photographer and videographer. After all, it is your wedding and you will want those memories to cherish forever. The average cost for a wedding photographer is around $1,000. 



Picking out your perfect wedding dress is a big deal for some people. This is also another category where you could choose to either go simple and save, or splurge on that extra beaded detail. If you do choose the cheaper route, there are so many beautiful white gowns out there that are not necessarily labeled as wedding dresses, but definitely could be. On the other hand, if you want a $5,000 dress, then maybe you might get those DIY flowers.  

Author: Jada Montozzi