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Wedding Expenses You Should Keep In Mind

Your wedding is a very special moment in your life. You have been dreaming of this moment since you were little girls - from the type of wedding (intimate or large) to the type of food you will have. 

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It’s the moment you get to show off your creative skills to your loved ones and guests; so let's WOW them! 

Here are 3 tips for planning your own wedding

To make your wedding dreams a reality, start by building a realistic wedding budget, determine where your money will go. Have the Money Talk before you start planning.

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 planning your wedding:

What to Consider When Planning Your Wedding

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

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

- 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, etc.)
Related: (previous post) Wedding Dress Styles to Think About

- Invitations: Printed material – save the date, menu, rsvp, thank you cards, etc.
- Wedding favors – for the bridal party, guests, ushers, attendants, etc.
- Wedding cake – dessert and/or groom’s cake (a 2/3 tier cake feeds 80-100 guests)
- Wedding accessories – shoes, tiara, veil, etc.

- 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 Man?

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

- Caterer – seasonal menu or not; buffet vs plated
- Entertainment – live band, piano, harpist, etc
- DJ
- 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 | Do You Know Who to Tip?

- Florist – non-floral vs flowers
- Bridal bouquets – arm/wrist corsage, single bloom, cascading, etc.

- Photographer/Videographer

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

- Tipping – for vendors and anyone who helped with your wedding
- Honeymoon
- Ushers – the number of ushers
- Groomsmen – the number of groomsmen
- Bridesmaids – the number of bridesmaids
- Preserving your wedding dress
Once you have determined what you both would like at your wedding, the next step is to create a budget as to how much you are willing to spend. Creating a budget this early on will let you both stay on track and not to go overboard with unnecessary spending. 
Follow your wedding checklist to make sure you are on track with what you are supposed to do. 
For a complete wedding checklist, click here The DOs and DON'Ts Wedding Checklist

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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