How to throw a great wedding on a budget

  • 17 September 2018
  • Angela Miccio-Harris

Money Management and Weddings

I want you to enjoy your wedding day. I want it to be fun and beautiful and the day you dreamed of.

I also want you to enjoy your marriage. And I know one of the best ways to start off on the right foot is to keep your wedding budget in check.

The average wedding today costs $36,000.(3)Some of you may think, That’s outrageous! Others of you might think, Is that all? It just goes to show that expectations vary greatly from family to family.

My hope is that you decide on an amount you can afford. Once you do that, work to keep your wedding budget in check by considering the following recommended percentages (emphasis on recommended):

Bunting hanging over table with white tablecloth and flowers and a wedding cake with the message: Hooray for the happy couple!

Reception: 55%

Ceremony: 12%

Photography: 10%

Wedding planner: 10%

Dress and tuxedo: 8%

Miscellaneous: 5%

A few extra money-saving tips for your wedding

  • Limit your guest list. Tough to do, I know! But the cost of each person you invite adds up. So give your list a once- and twice-over before sending invitations.
  • Host the ceremony or reception outside. Some of the prettiest weddings around take place in a backyard, an open field or in front of a barn. Get creative!
  • Ask friends or family to exchange skills for presents. Talented folks in your life will likely want to help. Take them up on these offers and your wedding will be all the more affordable—and meaningful—because of it.
  • DIY whenever possible. Take a look at your to-do list and determine what you can do on your own. Just make sure you’re actually saving money in the process!
  • Use a dummy wedding cake. This might just be the best idea ever! While the top tier is real, the bottom layers are just cardboard and icing. Keep a sheet cake in the back for serving.
  • Time your wedding wisely. Consider what time of day to schedule your wedding. Dinner time will be the most expensive, as people expect to be served a full meal.
  • Research and negotiate. Scout out vendors, get quotes from multiple people for each service and venue. Ask for a deal! You might be surprised how easily they say yes.

As newlyweds (or hey, this one even applies to oldyweds!) there is another key money decisions you can make that will set you up for success in the future:

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About Angela Miccio-Harris

Angela is Speaker& Coach. Passionate about helping busy, motivated people who wish to live their best Life Now! with changes that lasts around actions or mindsets that last. She is strategic and goal focused with a range of tools in her toolbox that she can pull from. So you get things in place gain insight and are moving ahead, creating greater joy and satisfaction instead of staying stuck or frustrated with your life, well-being, finances or work. She is a Results Certified BBC Coach from the Neuroleadership Group and a qualified member of the International Coaching Federation. Take advantage of the wealth of experience she has to offer with her Complimentary 30 minute “discovery session” at email She works with clients throughout New Zealand via Skype or face to face.

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