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How Much Does Each Aspect of a Wedding Usually Cost?


It's no surprise that the average couple now spends about $30,000 on their wedding day; after all, it's not every day that everyone you love is gathered in one place to celebrate a very special time in your life. While costs vary according to the type of wedding and geographical location, the typical breakdown of a wedding budget is as follows:

Reception: 50% (site fee, rentals, food, beverage, cake)

Ceremony Site: 2% (location, officiant, marriage license)

Wedding Attire: 10% (gown, accessories, groom’s attire)

Photography/Videography: 10-12%

Flowers: 10% (bouquets, boutonnieres, decor)

Entertainment/Music: 4-6%

Stationery: 2-3% (invitations, programs, escort cards, thank-you notes)

Wedding Rings: 2-3%

Transportation: 2-3%

Gifts: 2-3% (attendant gifts, favors)

Tax/Tips: 5%

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