Chicago Wedding Budget and Tipping Guide
There are so many options when it comes to allocating your money. Whether your funds are limited or infinite, many couples find themselves overwhelmed at the prospect of putting together a budget for their big day. After agreeing on your total budget, it’s a good idea to break down your budget into categories. Luckily – we’ve done the work for you and created a budget worksheet outlining your vendors and the recommended budget percentage for each.
Not ready for the full worksheet yet? That’s okay!
Here’s a general idea of what to budget for each part in your wedding. When you’re ready to dive into the budget more, stop back and download our free budget worksheet above.
7% Attire (wedding gown, formalwear, rings, accessories)
2% Beauty (hair, makeup, spa services)
3% Cake (sweets, dessert bar)
2% Ceremony (venue, officiant)
7% Entertainment (DJs, bands, orchestras)
12% Event Planner
9% Floral & Décor (bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces)
3% Other (gifts, favors, rehearsal dinner)
10% Photo & Video (engagement session and wedding day)
40% Reception (venue, food, beverage, rentals)
3% Stationery (invitation suite, programs, menus, thank-you notes)
2% Transportation (limousine, trolley, classic car)
Aside from contracts that include it, tipping is never required. In instances when a vendor goes above and beyond, tipping is always greatly appreciated. But how much is enough to thank those who have helped make your big day extra special? We’ve got you covered!
15-20% Catering Managers
$1-2 Coat Check Attendants, per guest
15% Event Planner, or a gift valued up to $500
15-20% Hair & Makeup Artists
15-20% Limo Driver
$20-50 Live Musicians, per member
$100-300 Officiant, additional to be donated to their institution
15-20% Photo & Video
$1-2 Valet Attendants, per car
$25+ Waitstaff, per server