Wedding Budget Percentages & Averages [Infographic]

Planning the perfect wedding is no easy task. There are so many things to budget for and that could make the experience feel overwhelming when it should be an exciting time in your life.

The SHOUT! team has been a part of so many different weddings and special occasions thanks to our dance floor wraps. That means we’ve seen all of the moving parts and special details come together leading up to a magical ceremony. After consulting with many of our vendor partners, we’ve come with a guide to help you budget for your big day.

Take a look at this infographic, which highlights all the elements you should consider when planning your wedding and reception.

Wedding Budget Percentages & Averages

Expense Percentage of Budget Average Cost
Ceremony 5% $3,900
Reception 50% $15,000-$20,000
Flowers + Décor 10% $9,000
Attire 10% $2,900
 Photo + Video  10%  $4,600
Stationery + Guest Details 5% $3,000
Music + Entertainment 10% $3,500


Ceremony Budget Includes:

  • Location Rental
  • Officiant Fee
  • Rings
  • Marriage license

Reception Budget Includes:

  • Venue Rental
  • Catering
  • Bar & Drinks
  • Site Rentals
  • Planner/Coordinator

Flowers + Décor Budget Includes:

  • Flowers
  • Lighting
  • Décor Rentals
  • Dance Floor Wraps

Photo + Video Budget Includes:

  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Albums
  • Engagement Shoot

Attire Budget Includes:

  • Wedding Dress
  • Alterations
  • Accessories
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Tux or Suit

Music & Entertainment Budget Includes:

  • Ceremony Musicians
  • Reception Band or DJ

Stationery + Guest Budget Includes:

  • Invitations
  • Save the Dates
  • Postage
  • Event Signage
  • Favors
  • Transportation
  • Welcome Bags

East Coast Average Wedding Costs

Boston, MA – $35,500

Rhode Island – $41,200

Connecticut – $35,200

Hudson Valley (NY) – $45,700

New York City, NY – $70,700

Long Island, NY – $51,800

Northern/Central NJ – $49,300

Southern NJ – $36,700

Philadelphia, PA – $36,300

Washington DC, Virginia & Maryland – $33,700

Southern Florida – $33,800


We hope that these wedding budget percentages and averages will help you to see the bigger picture when planning your big day. Once you’ve set your budget, you can start allocating the funds to the vendors and elements that make the most sense for your wedding’s theme. Our team of designers and installers will be here when you’re ready to start planning your custom dance floor or aisle wrap to help personalize your venue. Contact us today to bring your dream dance floor to life on your wedding day.

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