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24 Things to Keep in Mind If You are a DIY Bride!

Your wedding is a special moment in your life. You have dreamed of this moment since you were little girls - from the type of wedding (intimate or large) to the food you will have. To make your wedding dreams a reality, start by building a realistic wedding budget, and determine where your money will go. Have the Money Talk before you start planning. And use a mood board to pull your ideas together; it will help you make sense of your vision.

These are the Top 3 tips to Follow for planning your wedding?

First, start by listing your current expenses:
  1. Identifying how your money is being spent – you may need to cut back on some things to get the wedding you want
  2. Evaluating your spending to see if you can financially meet the priorities specified in your list
  3. Track your spending to ensure you stay within your budgetary guidelines

Second, list the things you both would like to have at your wedding. Below is our list of essential items and things to be considered when DIY your wedding:

WHAT are the Wedding Expenses You Should Keep In Mind?

Here are the 24 things you should keep in mind while wedding planning:

1. Transportation: Limousine – classic, vintage, modern, etc.

2. Venue – indoor or outdoor, high ceiling, chandeliers, bathrooms, kitchen area, parking, seating, etc.
Related: (previous post) 6 Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Venue

3. Wedding dress – trumpet, V-neck, mermaid, sweetheart cut, ball gown, tulle, modified A-line, A-line, etc. Designers (Pnani Tornai, Lela Rose, Dany Mizrah, Casablanca, Vera Wang, etc.)
Related: (previous post) Wedding Dress Styles to Think About

4. Invitations: Printed material – save the date, menu, rsvp, thank you cards, etc.
5. Wedding favors – for the bridal party, guests, ushers, attendants, etc.
6. Wedding cake – dessert and/or groom’s cake (a 2/3 tier cake feeds 80-100 guests)
Related: (previous post) Questions to Ask Cake Designer or Baker

7. Wedding accessories – shoes, tiara, veil, etc.

8. Tuxedo – classic, modern, unique, etc. Designers (Men's Warehouse, and Black - Tux company, both offer rentals as an option)
Related: (previous post) Are You a Tux or a Suit Guy?

9. Rings – halo, princess cut, diamond cushion, etc.
10. Bridal makeup
Related: (previous post) 6 Bridal Makeup Tips

11. Caterer – seasonal menu or not; buffet vs plated
Related: (previous post) Wedding menu

12. Entertainment – live band, piano, harpist, etc
13. DJ
Related: (previous post) How to pick your wedding music

14. Wedding planner – to help you with planning and bringing all the cohesive pieces together without all the stress
Related: (previous post) When to Hire a Planner 

15. Florist – non-floral vs flowers
16. Bridal bouquets – arm/wrist corsage, single bloom, cascading, etc.
Related: (previous post) Floral Style Tips

17. Photographer/Videographer

18. Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
Related: (previous post) How To Plan Your Rehearsal Dinner

19. Tipping – for vendors and anyone who helped with your wedding

20. Honeymoon
21. Ushers – the number of ushers
22. Groomsmen – the number of groomsmen
23. Bridesmaids – the number of bridesmaids
Related: (previous post) Breaking Away From Wedding Traditions

24. Preserving your wedding dress
ThirdOnce you have determined what you both would like at your wedding, the next step is to create a budget that shows how much you are willing to spend. Creating a budget this early on will let you stay on track and not go overboard with unnecessary spending. So, following your wedding checklist will keep you on track with what you are supposed to do. For a complete wedding checklist, click The DOs and DON'Ts Wedding Checklist

Final Thoughts 
The above list is the most common wedding expenses. If you have something else you would like to add to the list, add them, re-check, and prioritize before creating your budget. Once your checklist is complete, use our wedding cost estimator to get an idea of what your wedding will cost. 🤔 

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Last updated July 5, 2021 | February 15, 2022

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