Before you plan your wedding, know how much you can spend and what you want to spend it on. As a general guideline, allot approximately 50 percent of your budget to the reception (location, food, and beverages). Then allot up to 10 percent each to flowers, photography, attire, and music. The rest goes to stationary, favors, gifts, and any other details.
Download a Wedding Budget Worksheet (pdf file) to help you with your planning.