Budgeting: The Essentials and the Extras

Everyone knows that weddings are expensive, but not everyone knows how to allocate their budget for a great wedding. To begin, there are certain items and vendors that must be booked in order to have a fabulous wedding and happy guests. If you have any leftover money in your budget, refer to the extras guide below for some added luxury and an even more show stopping and jaw dropping day.


Please note that the below refers to a traditional wedding with a sit down meal. Many couples are planning unconventional weddings these days so if you have any questions about your budget or how to allocate funds, please leave a comment and I’ll be in touch. Please also note that the essential list is made up of the minimum items/vendors that are necessary for having a wedding celebration. If you’re like me and love your luxury, save up for your extra items! :



Ceremony and reception Venue

Ceremony Officiant


Stationery: invitations, table plan or escort cards, and place cards

Food and beverages caterer

Music for ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner, and evening reception


Bride’s outfit

Groom’s outfit

Bridesmaids outfits, if paying

Best man and ushers outfits, if paying

Flowers for bridal party

Wedding cake

Table centrepieces

Tables, banqueting chairs, linen, china, stemware (usually provided by venue or caterer)

Transportation, if required (often dictated by venue)

Dance floor (normally required but check with your venue)

Guest book

Gifts for wedding party


Microphone and PA for speeches and band

*** Marquee weddings require a lot more in the essentials list***


wedding budget

Peggy Porschen



Hair and make-up


Ceremony decorations

Ceremony aisle runner

Transportation for bride and groom

Transportation for wedding party and parents

Transportation for guests

Lighting, lighting, and more lighting

Live music

Special cocktails

Statement floral arrangements


Evening buffet

Personalised dance floor

Charger plates and upgraded table ware (linen, stemware, china, salt and pepper shakers, etc)

Specialty banqueting chairs



Wedding day stationery, including; dinner menus and personalised table names


First night hotel

Gifts for guests

And much, much more

luxury wedding cakes

Grace Ormonde




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