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According to costofwedding.com, on average, US couples spend $20,398 for their wedding. However their wedding budget is typically 50% less than the amount spent.  That’s pretty scary!

The numbers for Palm Beach County are significanly higher, with couples spending on average between $35,034 and $58,389. This does not include cost for a honeymoon or engagement ring.

Understanding average wedding costs NOW can help you create and stick to your wedding budget later. I use a simple spreadsheet to create and track budgets for my clients.  Below is a general idea of how your overall wedding funds should be allocated. There is obviously some flexibility on these items but understanding how much money you have left in your budget will help you plan and help your vendors provide you the best value for your money.

Ceremony – 5%

Attire – 10%

Photography – 15%

Stationary – 5%

Reception – 40%

Music – 5%

Flowers – 15%

Transporation – 3%

Gifts – 2%

In addition to creating your wedding budget, it is helpful to also create a reliable tracking system to help keep you organized.

Finally there are a few items that many couples forget to include when planning their big day.

  • Tips for your vendors – 15-25% is customary for certain services
  • Trial runs – make-up and hairstyling – about $20-$100 each
  • Overtime fees if your reception goes longer than expected
  • Last minute dress cleanings or tux pressings – anywhere from $50-$100 each
  • Postage for invitations and stamps for RSVPs – cost depends on how heavy your mailings are and how many you send
  • Marriage license fees – approximately $15-$90; depending on state

*From Elegala.com

By taking the time to create a budget you are ensuring that you will not have any additional unnecessary stress throughout your planning process!

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