So I’ll be getting married in a year or so. It’s actually something I started to think I could never have. I’m not a negative kind of guy, but to say my life is…complicated would be a bit of an understatement.
But that’s a story for another day. Right now I’m faced with more immediate issues—namely the basic preparations for the wedding. I know it would be easy to hire someone to take care of all these things, but I’d really like to be involved in laying the groundwork, and I refuse to have someone presume I’m some sort of ‘groomzilla’ by providing them legitimate, efficient feedback and preferences.
The last thing I am is a Drama Queen. I’ve got enough of those in my life as it is.
Back to the topic, a friend of mine gathered some starter info regarding the average costs of things. We’re really thinking of showing our independence by paying for this gathering with out own money, so setting up a budget is a logical place to start.
Basic breakdown of costs:
- Reception: 48%-50%
- Ceremony: 2%-3%
- Attire: 8%-10%
- Flowers: 8%-10%
- Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%
- Photography/Videography: 10%-12%
- Stationery: 2%-3%
- Wedding Rings: 2%-3%
- Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%
- Gifts: 2%-3%
- Miscellaneous: 8%
- Just-in-case Fund: + 5%
- Honeymoon: I have no clue.
Given the metabolisms of those we’re intending to invite, the Reception costs should probably be a bit larger…and it’s odd that the Ceremony itself is virtually the least expensive of those points listed. For a day that’s supposed to be about ‘us’ it really looks like it’s more about ‘them’…