Toronto Wedding Photographer - money

 

Where to start?

The decision to have a wedding is huge for a couple. Not only are they deciding to spend their life together but there is also the strain of affording the perfect wedding and having everything they want on their special night. The main focus for any couple when creating a wedding budget would be to concentrate on what they are looking to get out of their wedding, how much disposable income the couple has together and how much money they need to have left after planning their special day.

 

Step #1: Decide your total budget for the whole wedding

This must involve all costs associated with a wedding, from venue to food and all of the tips that you plan to provide to workers after the fact. Make sure to also take into considerations any minor issues or need for side cash that might arise during the wedding. Generally, an extra $3000 would be recommended just because it is always good to have a nice bumper fund.

 

Step #2: Consider all of the possible items, venues and food that you will have at your wedding

Sometimes, this step is easier to accomplish at the end of doing some basic planning for your big day. Until you know more than the basic details it’s difficult to decide how much everything will cost.

 

Here are some costs to consider when deciding what you will need for your overall budget:

 

Ceremony Costs:

Clergy

Altar Decorations

Chair Rental

Chair Decorations

Guest Book/Fountain Pen

Aisle Runner1

Ushers

Gratuity

Transportation to Church

Childcare during Ceremony

Rice, Rose Petals or Bubbles for the exit

Wedding Outfits:

Dress

Rings

Bridal Veil

Bridal Bouquet

Alterations

Lingerie/Garter

Bridal Shoes

Hosiery

Jewelry

Gloves

Dry Cleaning for the couple

Going away outfit

Grooms Tuxedo and Alterations

Make-up Artist ( Click Here for a great one )

Hairdresser

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Costs:

Flowers

Bridesmaids bouquet

Dresses (if the couple is paying for the dresses)

Suits

Bridesmaid accessories

Corsages/Boutonnières

Reception Costs:

Reception centerpieces

Alcohol (Open bar, closed bar or table wines)

Table Decorations

Room Decorations

Dishes, Glassware (usually compiled into full cost of reception hall)

Linens, Napkins, Chair Covers

Engagement Cost Video/Photography Costs:

All Photography and Videography ( Click here for a link to our price list )

Photo Albums

Engagement Portraits

Stationary: 

Save the Date Cards

Invitations

Directional Cards/ Maps

Postage

Calligrapher(Optional)

Thank You Notes

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Party Invitations (Showers, Luncheons etc.)

Programs

Address Labels

Other Extra Costs:

Planner or Consultant

Location fee for reception

Caterer

Musician

Bar Tender/Servers

Alcohol

Cake

Table Decorations

Centerpieces

Dishes/Glassware

Linens and Napkins

Tables

Limo or Car

Hotel for Guests

 

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