Your Wedding Budget

  Your Wedding Budget
By C. Pulsifer, 2007

One of the first things you need to do is to determine your budget for your wedding. Even the simplest of weddings can end up costing more than you wished to spend.
It is important to determine what you want to spend before you start to plan.

You do not want to start your marriage with a large debt from your wedding. Plan your budget, stay within your budget.

Even with a budget, it is a good idea to have additional money set aside for last minute or unexpected items.

We have attended weddings that cost $10,000 to $25,000 and upwards.

While it is one of the most important days of your life, you and your partner need to determine your priorities and what you can afford.

Below is a list of some of the items that you will have to consider in preparing your budget.

_____ Wedding Consultant

_____ Engagement Party,
consider site rental, any equipment you have to rent, invitations to party, food, beverages, decorations, flowers, tips

_____ Bridesmaids' Luncheons

_____ Rehearsal Dinner, consider where it will be held, any rental fee, invitations, food, beverages, decorations, flowers, tips

_____ Wedding Ceremony, consider location fee, officiates fee, donation to church, organist, vocalist, other musicians, tips, ceremony programs, marriage license fee

_____ Reception, consider site rental, any equipment rental (tables, chairs, tent, etc.), decorations, servers, bartenders, liquor, nonalcoholic beverages, hors d'oeuvres, entrees, wedding cake, toasting glasses, cake serving plate, knife, guest book, pen, favors, box or basket for envelope gifts, tip for caterers and servers, music dj or live band

_____ Brides' Attire, consider wedding band, wedding gown, undergarments, headpiece, shoes, purse, makeup, hair, going away outfit, honeymoon clothes, any additional jewellery earrings, necklace

_____ Groom's Attire, consider wedding band, tuxedo, shoes, going away outfit, honeymoon clothes, any additional jewellery cufflinks

_____ Gifts, consider brides' attendants, groom's attendants, other ceremony participants such as readers, optional gifts parents, bride, groom

_____ Photographer, Videopgrapher consider engagement portraits, wedding portraits, photographer's fee, wedding proofs, wedding album, parents' album, extra prints, videographers' fee

_____ Flowers and Decorations, consider flowers for wedding ceremony site and reception site, decorations for wedding ceremony and reception site, brides' bouquet, brides' attendants flowers, boutonnieres for groom and his men including fathers and grandfathers, corsages for mothers and grandmothers, table centerpieces

_____ Wedding Invitations and Stationery, consider wedding invitations, thank-you notes, postage

_____ Transportation, consider limousines or rented cars, parking, tips for drivers

_____ Honeymoon, consider transportation, accommodations, meals, spending money

_____ Miscellaneous expenses, there will always be something here, plan for it

     GRAND TOTAL  $________

As you can see there is a lot to consider. While you may not have to consider everything in the points above, you do need to budget. Proper budgeting and planning is a skill that will serve you well in your future together.


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