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Allocating your wedding budget

One of the first places that you need to start when you are thinking about planning a wedding, is sorting out your wedding budget.

However, the thing about budgets is that they are not always the easiest of things to work with.

Whilst every single couple out there is different and will want different things, there are likely to be some parts of your wedding budget breakdown that are largely the same.

So, to help you to figure out where your money is likely to go, we have put together our guide on allocating your wedding budget.

Venue – 48%

The biggest chunk of your wedding budget is going to go towards your venue, in fact it makes up almost half of what you will spend on the entire day.

It is important to remember that when it comes to your venue, chances are that you will also book everything else that you need at the same time, so this 48% includes venue hire, food, drink, décor hire and cake too.

Ceremony – 2%

It might be one of the most important parts of the day process wise, but your ceremony is one of the lowest costing aspects of your wedding.

You will need to pay for your officiant and any licences that apply to this, which isn’t a huge amount of money.

Clothing and Beauty – 13%

Rather surprisingly, the beauty and clothing aspects of a wedding make up a rather considerable chunk of the budget.

In fact, it can often be the second highest cost, depending on how much you are buying for your wedding party and how many of them there are.

Clothing and beauty will cover wedding dresses, grooms attire, alterations that need to be made, accessories and shoes and of course hair and make-up on the big day too.

Flowers – 8%

Flowers can be much more expensive then you may realise, especially when it comes to your wedding day.

There are ways that you can try to save money on your flowers, such as buying artificial flowers or limiting who you buy flowers for.

However, if you do think about flowers in a relatively traditional sense, buying bouquets, button-holes, ceremony flowers and reception flowers, then this will take up around 8% of your whole budget.

Photography – 10%

Another costly part of your wedding is your photography.

The thing to remember about photography is that you are going to want to invest into this particular service, making sure that you get the best results possible.

It is a good idea to find a photographer who includes an engagement shoot and also albums or prints too.

Entertainment – 7%

Keeping your guests happy is important for any couple, so it makes sense that entertainment takes up a fair chunk of your budget.

How much your entertainment costs, will depend on the type of entertainment that you go for, however, it really makes sense not to try and scrimp on this all-important part of your wedding.

Allocating your wedding budget is never easy, but we hope that this blog post has helped you to see the areas that you need to spend out on and just why they cost as much as they do.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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