By the Numbers: Sample Wedding Budget

By Lindsey Rodrian

Regardless of how much money you have to spend, professionals offer an average wedding budget breakdown so brides know where to allocate funds.

50% 

A whopping half of your budget will go toward the wedding reception.

2%

How much of your overall budget should be dedicated to the ceremony.

10%

That dream wedding dress comes at a price. Ensure you get the dress, and the tux, of your dreams by setting aside this much for attire.

8%

Depending how much you love fresh blooms, and which flowers are on your wish list, this number could fluctuate quite a bit, but save 10 percent for florals to be on the safe side.

10%

Whether you’ve hired a band, want a DJ to play master of ceremonies, or have a quartet playing the wedding march as you make your way down the aisle, this much of your budget should cover your music and entertainment costs.

10%

A picture lasts a lifetime, and so does that wedding video! Set aside this much for photography and videography services. If you skip the wedding video, you can likely take it down a notch.

2%

Invitations, menus, programs—save this much for your stationary needs.

3%

To be spent on the wedding bling! (Note: this does not include that engagement ring!)

3%

Need to hire a DD for your wedding guests? Want a limo to take you to the airport after your ceremony? That’s what these funds are reserved for.

2%

Attendants put a lot of effort—and money!—into your big day. Thank them with simple bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts + wedding favors.

 

By the Numbers

$36,990

The average cost of a wedding in the Sacramento Area

$264

The average cost per guest for a wedding in the Sacramento Area

$39,475

The average cost of a wedding in the SF/Bay Area

$282

The average cost per guest for a wedding in the SF/Bay Area

$13,385

The average cost of a reception in the U.S.

29

The average age of a bride on her wedding day

31

The average age of a groom on his wedding day

141

The average number of wedding guests

15 months

The average length of an engagement

10

Average number of vendors hired for the wedding day

5

The average number of bridesmaids and groomsmen

100%

The increase in average wedding cost from 1990 to 2014!

$65

The cost of a marriage license in San Joaquin County

$75

The cost of getting married by a judge or commissioner at the courthouse in San Joaquin County

 

*Information complied from The Knot, ValuePenguin.com and SJ Courts

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