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Megan and Brittany have over 15 years of experience in the wedding and event industry. Our small team enables us to take on more events, and offer more coverage on your event day!

Sample Wedding Budgets - How to make a budget for your wedding

The only thing we know that is continuing to trend upward is the cost of a wedding in 2022. Weddings are expensive.

Are you recently engaged and not sure where to start with wedding planning? First, yes, BEFORE you go book your engagement photos, first sit down and make a wedding budget.

We have compiled some information to help you think through your spending priorities for your wedding day. 

Priced per head vs priced in full

Items such as catering and beverage, venue space, and seating can usually be priced by the guest. These days, it is extraordinarily difficult to get catering for less than $10 per person. Bar services and beverages (think cocktails and beer) can usually be priced out at $10 per person or charged by the service to be inclusive of guests in this manner. A venue with a built-in bar, or included beverage policy will normally run you more expensive than a venue that allows BYOB.

Some counties have preferences or laws surrounding the bar and security, so make sure you ask these questions before booking your venue! You will want to include this in your wedding budget, as food and drink is a large spend in most cases.

Entertainment

DJ or Live Band? Instrumental? These are all things to take into consideration. A live band will understandably be more expensive than a DJ. DJ’s normally charge by the hour of service. A standard wedding reception is 4-5 hours. Depending on your location, you can expect to spend anywhere between $1000 or $2500 on a DJ. Ceremony music is usually priced separately than your reception, although some DJ’s automatically include these hours.

Photography and Videography

We suggest allocating 10% or more of your total budget to photo and video. These are the only items you get to keep of the wedding. You want quality photos to remember, because the day goes by really fast. Yes, photobooths are fun, and so are cell phone pictures, but how many pictures on your phone do you keep when you get a new one? An average photography package runs about $3,000 in the College Station area. You may find cheaper or more expensive, but it is a good average rate for 2022. Videography average is $2,000.

Floral and Decor

Unpopular opinion – Don’t buy your linens. We highly suggest renting them. Linens can be bought today on some websites for about $8.50 each plus shipping and taxes. That drives the cost of each linen up to close to $10.00. You then have to clean and press them or iron them like crazy to make them look presentable for your wedding day.

When renting, the polyester linens can be around $8.50 to $10.00 a linen, and they come cleaned, pressed, and are dropped off and picked up with a small delivery fee. IT. IS. WORTH. IT. Relieve yourself of this huge stress for the very minimal convenience fee. It will make the event look nicer, and will not keep your family busy with the linens before the event! Expect to spend about $500.00 on linens, minimum.

Floral is priced all over the place depending on designer, blooms, seasonality, install, and labor. It is not simply priced per stem. In this area, florists range between $1,500 to $3,200 for the exact same order. Greenery is not cheaper than flowers, and faux flowers are not necessarily cheaper than real. You may save a little for fake but will get a very limited look. It all depends on your style and vibe.

Know that we do not try to price gauge with our floral orders and attempt to be as fair as possible. We are happy to give you a quote.

The Venue

All inclusive? Includes decor? Includes Coordination? The more that is included should ideally be cheaper, right? Not necessarily. Venues under $10,000 that allow all vendors to be brought in by the customer typically are the cheaper option!

Sample Wedding Budget for a $20,000 wedding in Bryan/College Station, Texas.

$20,000 Wedding Budget

Venue: $8,000
Photo: $3,000
Catering: $2,000
Cake: $1,000
DJ: $1,200
Floral: $2,500
Decorations: $1,000
Hair and Makeup: $350
Invites/Other/Misc: $950