(Closed) Your Budget in Order of Importance

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
924 posts
Busy bee

If you look at the budget it goes like this:

Food and Drink




Rentals ( my venue isn’t all inclusive though so this is more expensive than most)




I actually prioritized photography, though.  So honestly, my priorities are more like this:  photography


food and drink





I do not account for rings under the wedding budget.

Post # 3
9437 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

1. Food & Alcohol

2. Venue

3. Photographer

4. Dress

5. Flowers

6. Stationary

7. DJ

8. Officiant 

Post # 4
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

This is how mine ended up..the food was included in the venue rental and it was delicious! So I’m just summing all that up together. DH’s parents supplied the beer and wine as they work in the business, so I’m not sure what they spent on that.

1. Venue

2. Flowers

3. Dress

4. Photography  (pretty close with the dress though)

5. DJ/lighting/entertainment 

6. Videography 

7. Hair and makeup  (we covered it for all bridesmaids)

8. Cakes

9. Invites

10.. Extra decor (photo booth guestbook, custom beer mugs, etc)

11. GRand exit/transportation

I think that’s it? TBH it was all a lot of think. Lol. If I had to guess the alcohol was probably in there with the cakes costwise.

Post # 5
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

His priority was food and booze, mine was photography and indulging on vanity stuff like getting hair and makeup done. Overall the budget is

1. Food + service

2. Venue + Rental

3. Booze

4. Photography + Photobooth

After that most of the expenses are kind of in the same price range for my dress, his suit, flowers, cannolis (in place of cake), decorations, stationary

Post # 6
1227 posts
Bumble bee

I just had to look at my budget spreadsheet. We hosted 25 including ourselves and held our wedding and brunch reception in a restaurant (bought out the restaurant) which was SO much less expensive than other venues. So ours was:


1. Rings

2. Food, open bar, and associated taxes/gratuities

3. Photography

4. Honeymoon

5. Accommodations during wedding weekend

6. Attire

7. Flowers

8. Music

9. Venue

10. Officant

11. Cake

12. Hair and makeup

13. Invitations/paper products

14. Random decor items

Post # 7
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

1. Photography

2. Food/Booze

3. Dress

4. Venue

5. DJ

6. Flowers


We are having about 150 people for a rustic/chic/woodsy wedding. Ceremony will be on a bluff overlooking the ocean, the reception will be in a cabin-esque kind of building in the woods on a lake. Photography was absolutely the most important thing to us. We also want really good food, and plenty of delicious beer 😉 The venue we actually weren’t picky about — just a space big enough to hold 150-175 people that was less than $3k. DJ was important – we had budgeted much more for him but then booked on discount they were running. Decor and flowers are beautiful but not super important – nothing I was super set on. I had budgeted $1,000 for the dress but saw Maggie Sottero’s Serencia on Pinterest and couldn’t get it out of my head. Sure enough, that was the one….$2100 later. Worth it, though!!



Post # 8
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - the garden house, seattle



paper products








we’re having a cocktail reception with rented couches and ottomans, so rentals are kind of high on the list. having really good food was important, so we spent more than we intended to on catering (but my god, so good!) and champagne/beer/cider.

our venue is the headquarters house of the state garden club federation, which is beautiful, holds 80, and only cost $600. it even has a gazebo, and we have the house from 10 am until midnight. we don’t really need any decor outside because the gardens are beautiful. inside there will be a few cocktail tables with centerpieces and fairy lights in tulle on the ceiling, so overall decor is pretty cheap. a friend who is a former event photographer has offered to take pictures (i hate having my picture taken at all, so this is a compromise), so photography isn’t on the list. the picture-book invites and plantable save-the-dates were pricey but too cool to pass up, at least to us, and there’s a non-edible favor that will be meaningful to our friends that we splurged on. those were very important to us. 

Post # 9
127 posts
Blushing bee

1. Food and alcohol

2. Venues (based on appearance and if it’s easy for the guests to get to)

3. Photography

4. Music

5. Clothes

6. Flowers

7. Invitations


We’re having our wedding in a castle, I’m going for the princess/fairytale theme wedding. The place is absolutely gorgeous. For the evening reception, the quality of food and the service was very important to us. Both places we picked felt looked good enough that we didn’t need to overload on flowers. In hindsight, I think I should have spent a little more on invitations to let people know that both venues are very formal but at first I really thought it was just a piece of paper that told people the damn date and to RSVP lol… 


Post # 11
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

1. Venue (includes food, drink, and cake) ($9000)

2. Photography  ($2000)

3. DJ ($800)

4. Dress and accesories ($600)

5. Hair (I am covering it for bridesmaids, myself and my mom)

6. Officient ($300)

7. Save the dates, Invites (~100)

8. Flowers (I’m making 6 fake flower bouquets). I honestly find flowers to not be worth it and will be making alternate centerpieces.




Post # 12
268 posts
Helper bee

Our list has looked something like this:

Food + Drinks + Rentals (all part of a package from our venue)







The priority list is a little hard since my parents are contributing and there are certain things they are okay with their money going towards (venue, photographer, my dress) and certain things they aren’t okay with paying for (rings, my FIs tux, officiant). So each pot of money kind of had it’s own list. But, there are definitely things that we are subsidizing within their pot to make sure we get what we want. What complicated business wedding planning is!



Post # 13
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We are having an intimate ceremony at a “castle” followed by a dinner party reception at a very nice restaurant.

I guess ours is:

Food/drink (no venue fee)

Attire (my dress, his suit, dress and 2 suits for our 3 kids)


Ceremony (venue fee + officiant)



Transportation (I have splurged on a limo, which i didnt think I’d do, but I want to be able to have wine at my own wedding) 

Flowers & decor


Invites (we actually splurged on invitations, but because we are having such a small wedding we only needed 22 of them)





Post # 14
7803 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

1. Venue

2. Drinks

3. Food

4. Photography

5. Music

6. Decor

97. Outfits

98. Invitations


Lol. We just aren’t spending much on dress/suit or invitations.

Post # 15
1923 posts
Buzzing bee

Our priority list is this:

1. Food/alcohol

2. Venue

3. Photographers 

4. Decor/flowers

5. Dress

6. Invitations 

7. Videographer 

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