We recently opened up a survey to all of our readers asking what they might need the most help on when planning their DC area wedding. We have gathered all of your thoughts, options, and questions and found that an overwhelming number of brides and grooms are looking for some budgeting help. From when to spend and when to splurge to the precise breakdown of vendor prices, it is clear that we needed to give some guidance in this department!

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Our couples really run the gamut when it comes to specific budgets, so we thought it would be best to provide a budget breakdown suggestion based on percentages so that you can see exactly how your dollar amounts can be allocated. We have also included a few general averages but it is worth noting that these percentages and averages vary greatly depending on the DC area wedding vendor that you are working with and also the aspects of your wedding that you decide to prioritize. The following list is only a suggestion and starting point for what you can except in the Washington, DC area.

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Total: 5 percent

Includes: wedding dress, shoes, hairpiece, jewelry, tux

Total: 2 percent

Includes: officiant fees, marriage license, location fee

Photography + Videography 
Total: 10 percent

Includes: coverage during ceremony and reception and album

10 percent

Includes: bouquets, boutonnieres, floral arrangements for ceremony and reception

5 percent

Includes: music for ceremony, cocktail hour music, DJ for reception

Average Price in DC Area: DJ Servicesw Starting at $1,650 for 4-6 hours

Paper Goods
Total: 4 percent

Includes: save the dates, invitations, programs, escort cards, signs, favors, thank you notes, postage, calligraphy, guest book

Total: 3 percent

Includes: couple and bridal party transportation, guest shuttle, parking attendants

Total: 10 percent

Includes: wedding location rental fee

Total: 35 percent

Includes: food, drink and rentals (chairs, plates, linens etc.)

Total: 2 percent

Includes: cake or other dessert, server or cutting at venue, knife, topper

Average Price in DC Area: Starting at $4/head *Only need to allocate cake for 65% of guests

Wedding Rings
Total: 3 percent

Wedding Planner or Coordinator 
Total: 8 percent

Includes: planning and/or coordination services

Average Price in DC Area: Day-Of Coordination Around $1,700-$2,200

Total: 3 percent

Includes: make-up, hair, welcome baskets, bridal party gifts, parent gifts


Stay tuned for more DC area wedding budget tips and tricks coming up over the next couple of weeks!

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