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What is the breakdown of wedding costs?

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A breakdown of wedding costs includes the cost of venue, photography, video, food and beverage. Rentals and entertainment are also included, as well as wedding rings, reception, stationary and flowers.

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Couples should figure out who is responsible for what costs when breaking down the cost of the wedding. If families are paying for the wedding, there should be a specific amount they are asked to contribute or a specific part of the wedding they are asked to fund.

Liquor and food for the guests is often the biggest expense of a wedding, which is one reason there should be an accurate head count. It's common for caterers to offer personalized packages to fit the couple's budget.

The date, location and time of a wedding can influence the overall costs. Evening receptions are usually more expensive than daytime receptions because dinners are more costly and people consume more alcohol at night. Weddings with a more formal style usually have locations that match, which also impacts wedding costs. Lavish locations require equally lavish decorations.

It's best to set aside at least 5 percent of a budget for emergencies. Couples should also set aside at least 20 percent of their incomes for the wedding as soon as they become engaged. Having a longer engagement is a good way to save money.

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