Your $40,000 Wedding Budget: Where Should the Money Go?


One of the hardest parts about planning your wedding is setting your wedding budget. Your next most difficult decision? Figuring out how to divide your budget to cover all of your costs.

We've already shared how to use $15,000 and $25,000 budgets, so now we're breaking down the details for couples that have $40,000 to spend. (But if you're planning to work with a different amount for your own big day, visit our wedding budget tracker to calculate your own custom wedding budget and track payments.)

Dress & Style: $5,200
You have a generous $2,400 to spend on your wedding dress, so start browsing designer galleries and determine what style will suit your best! But remember this number should include alternations, too. If you're planning to accessorize with a headpiece of veil, you have $400 to spend, and another $400 for your shoes, extra accessories, and jewelry. As for getting glam on your big day, you've got $800 in the budget for hair and makeup. Your groom has $400 to spend on his tuxedo or suit. And for your wedding bands, you should plan to spend no more than $800 on both pieces of bling.

Paper Products: $1,600
Plan to spend around $1,200 on your invitations and thank-you cards. Having a hard time picking the perfect customized suite? Visit the BRIDES stationery shop, where you can mix and match your favorite paper picks. While you're browsing, make sure to check out escort cards, menus, and ceremony programs since you have $400 total to spend on those items.

Ceremony & Reception: $22,000
You'll need someplace to get married and someone to officiate, so plan to spend $800 total on any ceremony fees and officiant donations, plus $600 to spend on ceremony music.

Your reception, including the venue, rentals, food service, and beverages should set you back about $16,800. You've then got $800 to put towards a delicious wedding cake and $3,000 for a DJ or band that will get all of your guests out on the dance floor.

Accommodations & Transportation: $1,200
If you're planning an amazing entrance or getaway, you'll need a rental car or limo to drive you and your new husband to and from the reception. You have $600 to spend here, plus another $400 to spend on any guest shuttles. Once the party is all over, you'll want to unwind in your hotel room — book a space that will set you back no more than $200.

See More: 20 Unique Wedding Cake Toppers

Flowers & Décor: $3,600
Start with your bouquet since you have about $300 to spend on bridal blooms. Then pick out bouquets for your bridesmaids for a total of $400. Choose boutonnieres that will cost no more than $120 total, and spend $40 on an arrangement or loose petals for your flower girl. As for ceremony and reception décor, including a chuppah, aisle runner, or centerpieces plan to spend no more than $2,740.

Photo & Video: $4,800
Booking a great photographer to capture all of your wedding memories is a must. You've got $2,800 to spend here and another $2,000 to spend on a videographer.

Favors & Gifts: $1,600
You've got $800 to spend on tokens for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Whether you're giving out favors or donating to a charity in honor of your friends and family, you have $400 to spend on any gifts for guests. And if you want to thank your parents, plan to spend no more than $400 here.

Calculate your own wedding budget here!

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