Wedding Costs Checklist

The cost of a wedding can induce sticker shock. It’s best to prepare, and hopefully avoid any financial surprises, by having a wedding spending plan. This handy wedding costs checklist will help you plan your affair whether large or small, elaborate or simple.

wedding cost checklist

infographic by aussie

Some things to keep in mind (let’s recap!)


This can be a significant expense, you’ll want to include it.

Bridal Attire

you’ll want to keep tabs on expenses from the dress to hair and makeup, accessories and shoes.

Grooms Attire

expenses often include a morning suit, dinner suit, shoes and cufflinks and other accessories. Don’t forget the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearers and flower girls.


Ceremony fees often include the venue fees, officient fees, marriage license, marque and chair rentals, ring bearer pillow, flower girl basket and transportation.


Reception fees include the venue fee, catering, table and chair rental, table centerpieces, toasting flutes, rented linen, glassware and tableware, wedding cake and cake knife.


Don’t forget to include drinks: ceremony drinks, reception drinks, corkage fee, and the bar fee.


Entertainment expenses include the ceremony band and reception band/DJ


Fees for flowers often include the bridal bouquet, ceremony and reception flowers, bridesmaids flowers, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, delivery and set up.


Photography expenses often include wedding day photographs, formal portraits, photo albums, and videography. You may consider additional prints and albums.


Stationary is nice and is also an expense. Save the date cards, invitations, ceremony programs, menu cards, place cards, thank you notes, table numbers, seating plan, calligrapher and postage.


Gifts are an expense too! Wedding favors, bridesmaids, groomsmen, readers, for the bride, for the groom.


Miscellaneous expenses may include First dance lessons, Wedding Coordinator, Bridesmaids luncheon, bachelor and bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, Prenuptial agreement, dry cleaning, wedding insurance.


This expense varies, so be sure to include it!


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