Protect Yourself from Wedding Budget Surprises

Ready to get married? Congratulations! You have an amazing time ahead of you—and a lot of details to think about. And with those details, of course, comes cost, sometimes lots of them.

Take, for example, the average cost of a wedding; it’s now up over $35,000 in the country. And that cost can rise even higher if you’re in an area of the United States that’s generally more expensive, like New York City.

One of the biggest chunks of money comes from the reception; it ends up being, on average, about half of the budget. The ceremony is actually one of the lowest costs for the whole wedding—just about 3 percent of the budget.

And of course, those numbers can vary based on what you decide to invest in. For example, attire is about 10 percent of a budget. But if you really have your heart set on a particular dress, for example, that costs more, you may go over that number.

This graphic shares how to budget for your wedding, then find ways to shift funds around when you need to stay within your budget. It's not about having the least expensive wedding possible, but staying within your financial means, whether you can afford $1,000 or $100,000 for your wedding day.

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For example, it shares that 85% of in-town guests will likely attend, while 55% of out-of-towners will probably make it. With those figures in mind, if a couple needs to allocate more money to flowers or photography, their best bet may be to trim the guest list.

So how do you get the wedding you want—in your budget? This graphic explains it. Check it out below!

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Check out this infographic from to protect yourself from Wedding Budget Surprises! Watch out for these sneaky costs that can bust your budget.Read more at Discover.

I hope you've enjoyed this infographic! Did you learn anything new or helpful? Leave us a comment below!

Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here

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