The Artistry of How to Make a Wedding Dream Fantasy Come True

The Artistry of How to Make a Wedding Dream Fantasy Come True

The Artistry of a Wedding Dream Fantasy
The Artistry of a Wedding Dream Fantasy

Dreams of a beautiful wedding are inspiration for one to go to great lengths to create that cherished memory.  Thinking about successfully making any one of those heart felt pictures in your heart and mind come true may feel like it’s all just a fairytale dream.  But quite simply … turn the fantasy into an artistry of carefully planned dance steps consisting of careful pre-planning and preparation to actually make your beautiful wedding dream come true.

Start with this helpful finance and budget breakdown to start the journey to your successful wedding.  Follow as we take you from first thoughts to final detail checklists for a gorgeous and memorable wedding day event.

When Getting Started … Money Matters

How much of the wedding budget should you spend on everything and who pays for what?  Ultimately, it’s all about what is most important and meaningful to you both for your special day.

Ceremony 2-3%

Extras 1-2%

Flowers 6-8%

Gifts 2-3%

Hair & Makeup 1-2%

Music 4-6%

Photography 11-15%

Rehearsal Dinner 4-5%

Reception 50%

Stationery 2-3%

Transportation 2-3%

Wedding Attire 7-10%

Wedding Rings 4-6%

Where the Bride’s Money Goes …

Bride’s Financial Responsibility

  • Bridal Gown, Headpiece & Accessories
  • Bridal Makeup Artistry & Hair
  • Bridesmaid’s Luncheon or Bridal Party
  • Bridesmaid’s “ Required” Makeup Artistry & Matching Accessories
  • Flower Girl Basket & Ring Bearer Pillow
  • Gift for the Groom & Parent’s
  • Groom’s Wedding Ring
  • Maid of Honor, Bridesmaid’s & Hostess Gifts
  • Medical Visit

Maid/Matron of Honor & Bridesmaids

  • Attire, Accessories, Makeup Artistry & Hair
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Bridal/Wedding Shower

Out of Town Guests

  • Travel Expenses

Bride’s Family

  • Announcements/Invitations
  • Arches/Alter Baskets
  • Canopy/Carpet
  • Catered Reception
  • Ceremony & Reception Bouquets & Flowers
  • Ceremony Décor’
  • Church, Location or Venue w/Custodian
  • Dress/Suit/Tux Rental & Accessories
  • Guest Accommodations
  • Musicians/DJ/Soloist
  • Napkins/Printed Items
  • Own Hotel Accomodations
  • Parents/Grandparents Attire
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Professional Services & Gratuities
  • Reception Hall Fee
  • Rented Items for Wedding/Reception
  • * Basic table décor not provided by venue
  • * Candelabra/Kneeling Bench/Pew Bow/Runner
  • Stationary & Programs
  • Unity Candle
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wedding Favors
  • Unity Candle

Where the Groom’s Money Goes …

Groom’s Financial Responsibility

  • Attire
  • Bride’s Wedding Ring
  • Bride’s Wedding Gift
  • Groomsmen/Ushers & Parent Gifts
  • Boutonnieres
  • Marriage License
  • Medical Visit
  • Officiant /Clergy Fee
  • Limousine
  • Honeymoon

Out of Town Guests

  • Travel Expenses


  • Bachelor Party
  • Attire

Groom’s Family

  • Groom’s Cake
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Parent’s / Grandparent’s Attire
  • Assist with Reception/ Photography/Videography

The Children’s Parents

  • Dress, suit/tux rental and accessories
  • Hotel accommodations if arriving from out of town

If you like this post, watch for The Artistry of Planning Ahead…for a Magical Wedding Day… which will include checklists to make sure you don’t miss the to do important details needed  to make your wedding day dreams come true!  Our goal is to help you plan a gorgeous wedding and be a most beautiful bride.

Fantasy Dreams Do Come True!

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