Need some help creating a budget for your wedding? Check out these five sample wedding budgets to give you a taste of what you should (or shouldn’t!) consider including.

5 Sample Wedding Budgets From $10K - $50K

These are examples are very diverse and meant to show you a wide variety of options. Hopefully they will give you some inspiration for what and your fiancé would like to prioritize (and skimp on, too!).

Remember to just use these as a guideline – there is no right or wrong way to plan your budget – so adjust as needed!

Also note that prices for different services and products will vary based on geographic location, season, etc.

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Sample Wedding Budget: $10,000

Laid-back, barefoot on the beach for 50 guests

Venue: $350 – beach permit: $50, reception deck at condo complex – $300
Rentals: $750 – chairs, tables, wedding arch, table cloths
Music: $300 – $150 for classical guitarist (ceremony), $0 for iPod, $150 for speaker rentals
Attire: $1,000 – $850 for dress and accessories, $150 for groom’s casual outfit
Stationery: $300 for simple invitation sets and thank you cards
Food/Catering: $3500 for light appetizers and buffet dinner with 2 entree choices. Includes servers and bartender
Alcohol: $500 – Buy alcohol at local liquor store. Beer, wine, one signature drink/punch, not full bar
Decor: $0 – None needed for breathtaking coastal scenery
Flowers: $400
Photographer: $1200
Wedding Planner: $400 for Day-of Coordination from a family friend
Cake: $250
Officiant: $250
Gifts & Favors: $300
Misc/Incidentals: $500

Sample Wedding Budget: $20,000

State park by a lake for 150 guests

Venue: $100 – pavilion rental fee at park
Rentals: $300 – chairs for ceremony
Music: $800 – DJ
Transportation: $1500 – Shuttle needed due to limited parking at park
Attire: $1450 – $1200 for dress and accessories, $250 for groom’s suit and shoes
Stationery: $650 – Save the Dates and Invitations
Food/Catering: $4600 – BBQ style casual dinner
Alcohol: $3550 – Beer and wine served by catering company
Decor: $350 – DIY centerpieces and pavilion decor
Flowers: $1000
Photographer: $2900
Wedding Planner: $0 – DIY and help from a few family members
Cake: $750
Officiant: $300
Gifts & Favors: $900
Misc/Incidentals: $850

Sample Wedding Budget: $30,000

Weekend Woodland Retreat for 110 Guests

Venue: $4,000 for 2 nights and 3 days at a summer camp in the forest
Rentals: $0
Music: $1,300 – DJ
Attire: $600 – $600 for dress and accessories, $0 for borrowed suit for groom
Stationery: $1,300 for Save the Dates, Invitations, Place Cards & Thank You Notes
Food/Catering: $10,300 – $1,100 for Friday hamburgers, hot dogs, and sides, $9,400 for catered Saturday night dinner, $800 for simple Sunday breakfast
Alcohol: $3300 – $550 bought at liquor store for Friday night picnic, $2750 via caterer for Saturday night dinner
Decor: $800
Flowers: $0 for local wildflowers collected by bridesmaids and friends
Photographer: $3,600
Wedding Planner: $1,500 for day-of wedding coordination
Cake: $650
Officiant: $0 – use a friend
Gifts & Favors: $1,150
Misc/Incidentals: $1,500

Sample Wedding Budget: $40,000

Vineyard/inn for 175 Guests

Venue: $1,800 – site fee
Rentals: $0
Music: $600 – $400 for String Quartet, $200 for a friend who DJs
Attire: $2,600 – $2,400 for dress and accessories, $200 for tux rental
Stationery: $1,400 for Invitations, Place Cards & Thank You Notes
Food/Catering: $17,000 for full plated 4-course dinner
Alcohol: $5,600 for full bar
Decor: $300
Flowers: $1,750
Photographer: $3,700
Wedding Planner: $2,600 for day-of and month-of coordination
Cake: $300 – cupcakes
Officiant: $400
Gifts & Favors: $1,000
Misc/Incidentals: $950

Sample Wedding Budget: $50,000

Ski resort lodge for 130 Guests

Venue: $4,000 – site fee
Rentals: $0
Music: $1,500 – live band
Attire: $3,600 – $3,300 for dress and accessories, $300 for tux rental and shoes
Stationery: $1,900 for Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Place Cards & Thank You Notes
Food/Catering: $13,050 for buffet dinner
Alcohol: $6,000 for full bar
Decor: $500
Flowers: $4,700
Photographer: $4,000
Wedding Planner: $6,200 for full coordination
Cake: $800
Officiant: $350
Gifts & Favors: $1,400
Misc/Incidentals: $2,000

As you can see from these sample wedding budgets, how you spend your money can vary greatly from one event to the next. Check out my post on setting your wedding budget to help determine the right choice for your big day