Wedding Budget Planning

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

We have crafted a simple 4, 3, 2, 1 plan for budgeting for any style of wedding

Budgeting for a wedding can be the scariest part of the wedding planning process.


Overall Budget:

  • Determining your overall wedding budget will be determined by the number of guests you invite.

  • You can expect that 20% of the invited guests will not be able to attend the wedding.

  • The average cost per guest varies based on the location of the wedding and wants/needs of the bride; but a rough estimate for the Southern Pennsylvania / Maryland area is $150-$200 per guest. For larger city areas such as, New York City or DC, the cost per guest could be as high as $300.

Let’s Do Some Math: If you invited 150 guests, roughly 120 guests will RSVP yes (150 * 0.8). For Southern Pennsylvania / Maryland area, your wedding budget could be between $18,000 – $24,000.


Once you determine your overall budget, it’s critical to have an idea of how much to allocate to each element of a wedding. We have crafted a simple 4, 3, 2, 1 plan for budgeting as a starting point, for any style of wedding:


40% - Basic Wedding Needs


  1. Venue

  2. Catering

  3. Rentals (Tent, Tables, Chairs)

  4. Bar







30% - Entertainment, Fashion, & Decor

  1. DJ

  2. Officiant

  3. Décor (Flowers, Linens, Lighting, etc.)

  4. Bridal Fashion & Beauty

  5. Groom Fashion







20% - Memories

  1. Photographer/Videographer

  2. Favors

  3. Cake and Accessories

  4. Stationary

  5. Rings







10% - Wedding Planner - We have packages that match your budget!


Here are helpful some sites to check out:

  • http://www.costofwedding.com/

  • https://consumerist.com/2015/03/16/average-wedding-now-costs-31213-even-as-guest-lists-shrink/

  • http://www.hellowedding.com/guide/budget/wedding-cost-per-guest/

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