Essential Wedding Items Brides Neglect to Budget for

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“My goal is that every couple, even those on a limited budget, have an elegant wedding day to remember” – Polly Clements

 

Planning a wedding can cause a couple a lot of stress, and that the same stress escalates by the time they would receive the total charges of the wedding they just had. In planning weddings, whether lavish or simple, a strategic plan must go into budgeting to make sure no couple overspends or they will end up commencing their union swimming in debt. As it is, weddings do have many hidden costs and although Polly Clements has the right sentiment in mind about every couple deserving an elegant wedding they could truly remember, this would hardly be the case if the couple themselves are not meticulous enough to know where their money is going—including the hidden costs they may potentially neglect.

Other charges such as choosing an appropriate wedding menu are apparent enough, but others may not be as conspicuous. To give you a brief illustration of what these potential costs are, this article has enumerated them down below.

PRE-WEDDING COSTS

This list would include your marriage license which would cost you. This is an essential piece as this would be the most critical thing you would need on your wedding day in order for you and your spouse-to-be to get married. Another pre-wedding cost you might fail to consider is your bachelorette party.

Typically, the maid of honor and your bridesmaids would pick up the tab, but if you are planning an out-of-town excursion or a beach trip, your maid of honor and the bridesmaids would be paying for their own airfare—the least you can do is to pitch in to help alleviate the costs. Lastly, you would need to factor in the paper goods you are going to spend for your wedding invitations and the postage for these should you want them to reach your guests via snail mail.

GETTING READY

This list would include items that you are to be setting aside a budget for during the day of your wedding. Typically, this would include a hotel room you would need to book for the night before if you are planning on getting ready in a hotel suite. You would most probably need to book the room for two nights in order to have the morning to get ready and a room to getaway to at night.

Additionally, you would have to spend for the meals your entourage would be having as they will be with you every step of the way on your wedding day. So, make sure they have something to keep their stomachs filled during your big day. Lastly, this should include a backup fund which would cover the costs of things you may have forgotten during the big day. “Wedding brain” is a thing and it can happen even to the most fastidious bride on her wedding day especially if you are not getting ready in your own home. Make sure you have some spare funds to spend for the pair of shoes you may have forgotten, the grooms belt, etc.

COSTS FOR GUESTS

Apart from obviously spending for the catering your guests are to enjoy, there are a lot of other factors you need to take notice of. One of them is their transportation. Naturally, your guests should be responsible as to how to get to and from your wedding, but when they do become too intoxicated to drive home, it should be your concern.

If you cannot assign another guest to take them home, you would have to pitch in for the taxi fare. Another thing is to show your parents your gratitude, you would need to present them with gifts and this will inevitably cost you.

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A wedding affair certainly does not carry a cheap price tag and can even be a bit overwhelming with so many hidden costs. However, this would not need to be the case at all times if a couple is wise enough to arm themselves with all the information they need prior to their wedding day.

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Five Big Wedding Blunders You Should Avoid

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“Weddings are wonderful, but they do not have to be expensive. Marriage is about love, not dollar signs.”

Burt Reynolds had once said that Marriage is the most expensive way for the average man to get his laundry done and although the sentiment is more comical than fact, there is a certain truth to it. However, though weddings do not necessarily have to be expensive to be memorable, couples should not discount the idea of having a big wedding altogether.

Every wedding is unique after all, and if you are a couple who has several family members having a big wedding may be the best option.

However, no matter how meticulously a bride may have planned her wedding day; there are some things that may go awry amidst the ceremony or the reception. And although dreaming of a perfect wedding is close to impossibility, it is something that can be achieved and for starters, you can arm yourself with some of the fatal errors committed during big weddings so that you are less likely to make them come your wedding day. After all, forewarned is forearmed and in this case, knowing beforehand would do you and your allocated wedding budget a favor.

PLANNING MISTAKE: Blowing Your Fashion Budget on Just the Dress

Sure, we all want to look dapper and our personal best on our wedding day, but that does not mean that you would singularly blow your budget on your wedding gown in an attempt to look like a princess on your big day. Say for example you have allocated at least twenty-five thousand for your look; this does not mean you should spend that twenty-five thousand on your gown alone. Allocate your fashion budget well; remember that your gown is only one aspect of your look. Consider that you would have to spend for your undergarments, shoes, hair accessories, makeup and jewelry as well.

PLANNING MISTAKE: Sending out Save-The-Dates Too Soon

In the midst of all the euphoria and anticipation, it would be rather easy and tempting to tell everyone about your wedding date as soon as possible or even the moment you get engaged. You have not even adequately planned the guest list yet nor the wedding venue or the catering menu, yet here you are happily sending invitations away. Make sure you do not commit this blunder and have guests that are mere acquaintances by the time of your wedding show up by planning a guest list only for those guests you are certain would be invited such as your families.

PLANNING MISTAKE: Skipping a Wedding Videographer

You may consider forgoing the services of a wedding videographer in favor of some other service you need at your wedding. If you are, have a moment to reconsider and allocate a part of your wedding budget for a videographer. Keep in mind that wedding photos can only take you so far whereas wedding videos can capture the most poignant and important highlights of your wedding. This momentous milestone in your life should be recorded, your future self will thank you for it.

PLANNING MISTAKE: Micromanaging Your Vendors

Many brides are notorious for being overly meticulous that even if they have hired the services of the best photographers and other wedding vendors, they would still be tempted to control every detail. It is normal to want everything to be perfect during your wedding day, but if you insist on micromanaging every single aspect in your wedding, you would have barely any time to enjoy it. Trust the wedding professionals you hired to get it right.

PLANNING MISTAKE: Telling Everyone about Your Wedding

It can be rather hard to keep yourself from talking about something you are excited about. But remember that once you start sharing more often, the more likely you are opening yourself to opinions regarding your choices regardless if you have solicited them or not. Another thing is that it would be rather hard to surprise your guests if you have blabbed too much information regarding the details of your wedding and they would not be as impressed as they should be if you kept mum about it.

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How to Have Your Dream Wedding within Your Budget

 

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We all have our fair share of dream weddings.

 

We want everything to be perfect and the way we envisaged it in our heads. We want everything in place from the wedding dress down to the wedding catering. On that one day where we are to tie the knot with the person, we envision spending the rest of our lives with, we want nothing to go wrong.

However, weddings are rather costly and with product prices at an all time, it can be hard to negotiate with the dream wedding we have without compromising a few costs. The logistics of planning a wedding is already costly enough, complement that with the actual cost and you might just be paying quite a hefty bill before even saying your respective I do’s.

This is why most couples need to have a workable and estimated budget on the costs they are about to incur. As it is, it would be impractical to needlessly splurge everything on your wedding day and have virtually nothing left for you to spend your days together in building a family. However, working within your budget does not have to mean sacrificing the dream wedding you want. It is still very much possible to do so and here are ways just to do exactly that.

HAVE A WEDDING PHILOSOPHY

Being guided by your wedding philosophy determines your decision-making process, especially when it comes to pecuniary matters. This will complement your budgeting ideals and will assist you in making decisions when it comes to wedding expenditures regarding how much you should spend on a particular wedding aspect. To establish a solid wedding philosophy, you and your partner should ask yourselves what the purpose of your wedding is, how you feel about it, how you want your guests to feel about it and what your values and priorities are. From there, you can align your purchases with your philosophy and make decisions from there.

HAVE A LIST OF NEGOTIABLES AND NON-NEGOTIABLES

In connection with having a philosophy, you and your partner should be guided by the very same philosophy in listing your negotiables versus your non-negotiables. Your non-negotiables should include all the items you cannot imagine your wedding without while your negotiables are all the things that would be interesting and fun to have at your wedding but ones you can skip and do without. Every couple has unique priorities and determining what yours are will make the spending process of your wedding funds a whole lot easier.

KNOW WHEN TO SPLURGE AND WHEN TO CUT COSTS

Having a list of non-negotiables and negotiables will help you identify which items you would rather splurge money on and which items you could still have at a lower cost. One instance of this is hiring a professional photographer while having faux floral decorations and arrangements. Having non-negotiables present at your wedding may still be a possibility provided you know where to determine the areas where you should splurge on your finances and where to cut some costs.

RESEARCH THE MARKET

It is best to be amply prepared when it comes to spending an exorbitant amount of money—especially on momentous events and affairs such as weddings. When you adequately research the market beforehand, you can have a reasonable comparison of the services you want to avail of and avoid unnecessary overspending when you can get it at a more affordable price. Additionally, researching beforehand helps you gain insight into the products and the services offered by the company and will aid you in your decision-making process.

UTILIZE YOUR CREATIVITY

Cutting costs in negotiable areas may take creativity on your part. Consider some DIY projects and enlist the help and assistance of friends and relatives. Hiring professionals for every aspect in your weddings in your wedding will cost you greatly—besides, giving your wedding that creative touch may be more meaningful to your guests considering that this will feel a lot more personal and intimate.

 

Having the wedding you have always dreamed of is a possibility without breaking the bank. Following these five easy steps will assist you in achieving that. While you do not have to agonize over every peso spent on your wedding, it does not mean you should be unwise and needlessly splurge on your expenses. Have a solid wedding philosophy and stick with it and you will have the wedding of your dreams minus the expensive cost.