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:
Guest Book/Fountain Pen
Transportation to Church
Childcare during Ceremony
Rice, Rose Petals or Bubbles for the exit
Dry Cleaning for the couple
Going away outfit
Grooms Tuxedo and Alterations
Make-up Artist ( Click Here for a great one )
Dresses (if the couple is paying for the dresses)
Alcohol (Open bar, closed bar or table wines)
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 )
Save the Date Cards
Directional Cards/ Maps
Thank You Notes
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
Party Invitations (Showers, Luncheons etc.)
Other Extra Costs:
Planner or Consultant
Location fee for reception
Linens and Napkins
Limo or Car
Hotel for Guests
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