Wedding Budget Calculator

Wedding Budget Calculator


Item Cost Action
Marriage License
Officiant Fees
Flower Girl
Ring Bearer
Wedding Cake
Wedding Favors
Catering / Food
Photographer (wedding day & album)
Stationery/Paper Goods
Save the Date
Wedding Invitations
Thank You Cards
Other (menus, programs,table numbers)
Attire (Bride, Groom & Wedding Party)
Bride's Attire (dress, shoes, jewelry, hair accessories, etc.)
Groom's Attire (suit, tux, ties, socks, shoes, etc.)
Bridesmaid's (dresses, jewelry, shoes)
Groomsmen (suits, tuxes, ties, socks, shoes)
Other Items
Wedding Planner/Coordinator
Makeup & Hair
Hotel Accommodations
Bridal Shower/Luncheon
Rehearsal Dinner
Bachelorette Party
Unexpected Expenses

Total and Remaining Budget

Total Budget: $0

Total Expenses: $0

Remaining Budget: $0

Total Average Cost per Guest: $0

Instructions for Using the Wedding Budget Calculator

Step 1: Enter Your Total Budget

Find the total budget input box at the top of the page.

 Start by entering the total budget you have allocated for your wedding in the provided input field. This represents the maximum amount you’re willing to spend on your wedding expenses.

Enter the amount you have allocated for your wedding.

    • Example: If your total budget is $20,000, type 20000 in the input box.

Number of Guests

Input the number of guests you plan to invite to your wedding. This helps in calculating the average cost per guest based on your total expenses.

Step 2: Add Your Expenses

Scroll through the expense categories listed in the table. For each item you need to budget for, enter the estimated cost in the corresponding input field under the “Cost” column. As you input costs, the calculator will automatically update the total expenses and remaining budget.

  1. Go through each section (Ceremony, Reception, Photography/Videography, Stationery/Paper Goods).
  2. For each item, enter the estimated cost.
    • Example:
      • Under Ceremony:
        • Venue: $1,500
        • Marriage License: $100
        • Officiant Fees: $200
        • Flower Girl: $50
      • Under Reception:
        • Venue: $3,000
        • Flowers: $500
        • Guestbook: $30
        • Wedding Favors: $200

Remove Items

If you make a mistake or decide to remove an item from your budget, simply click the “Remove” button next to the corresponding expense row. This will adjust your total expenses and remaining budget accordingly.

Step 3: Review Your Expenses

  1. The calculator will automatically total your expenses.
  2. Review the total expenses displayed.

Step 4: Calculate Remaining Budget

Once you’ve entered your total budget and expenses, the calculator will display the total budget, total expenses incurred, remaining budget, and the average cost per guest based on the number of guests you’ve entered.

  1. The remaining budget will be calculated automatically as you enter your expenses.
  2. Review the remaining budget displayed.


Use the Average Cost per Guest

The average cost per guest helps you understand how much, on average, you’re spending per person invited to your wedding. This can be a helpful metric for budgeting and making adjustments to your spending priorities.

Feel free to adjust your expenses and budget allocations as needed until you’re comfortable with your wedding budget. The calculator is designed to help you stay organized and make informed decisions throughout the planning process.

Step 5: Reset the Calculator

If you need to start over or make significant changes, you can click the “Reset” button at the bottom of the calculator. This will clear all input fields and reset the total and remaining budget values.

  1. If you need to start over, click the “Reset” button.
  2. All inputs will be cleared, and you can enter new values.

Wedding Budget FAQs

The average wedding costs around $30,000, but it can vary greatly depending on location, guest count and personal preferences. A budget of $15,000 to $40,000 is common, but it’s important to set a budget that you can afford.

The main expenses include the venue, catering, photography/videography, attire, flowers, music and decorations. Venue and catering typically make up the largest portion of the budget.

  • Limit the guest list: Fewer guests mean lower costs for catering, invitations, and favors.
  • Choose an off-peak date: Venues and vendors often offer discounts for weddings held on weekdays or during off-season months.
  • DIY decorations: Create your own centerpieces, invitations, and other décor items to cut down on costs.
  • Select a less expensive venue: Consider parks, community centers, or even a friend’s backyard instead of traditional wedding venues.
  • Simplify the menu: Opt for a buffet or family-style meal instead of a plated dinner. Choose more affordable meal options.
  • Shop sales and second-hand: Look for deals on wedding attire, or consider buying a gently used dress.
  • Limit the bar: Offer a limited selection of beer, wine, and a signature cocktail instead of a full open bar.
  • Use seasonal flowers: Choose flowers that are in season and locally available to reduce costs.
  • Hire a DJ instead of a live band: DJs are generally more affordable and can provide a wide range of music.
  • Negotiate with vendors: Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts or negotiate the prices with your vendors.

Yes, hidden costs can include service charges, taxes, tips, overtime fees, delivery fees, and additional décor or rentals not included in initial quotes. Always ask vendors about potential extra costs.

Set aside 5-10% of your total budget as a contingency fund for unexpected expenses. Review your budget regularly and adjust as needed to accommodate any surprises.

A wedding planner can be very helpful in managing your budget, finding cost effective options, and handling logistics. They often have industry connections and can negotiate better deals. However this is an added expense so weigh the benefits against your budget.

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