10 Details Not to Forget When Deciding Your Wedding Budget

Don't let these aspects of the day sneak up on you!

No matter how much money one may have available for the big day, just about everyone sits down to figure out a proper budget for their wedding. Perhaps you’re paying for everything yourself, and you have other plans for your savings account. Or maybe your parents are paying, but you want to be respectful by staying within the generous spending limit they offered.

Once you know the total dollar amount that is available to you, it’s generally advised to determine what percentage will go to each part of the celebration. Sure, there are the obvious areas like your venue, photographer, florist, and caterer, but there are often hidden costs you may not have initially expected. Some may balk at the idea of fully itemizing for every penny, which is perfectly understandable! However, it’s important to account for even the smallest details because they can often add up – and then suddenly you find yourself at risk of going over budget.

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Here are the items that can fall through the cracks, sneaking up on you after you’ve already carefully allocated your money:

- Meals for your vendors, such as the photographer and videographer, band, or DJ.
- Postage for your save the dates, invitations, and return envelopes for RSVP cards.
- Cake cutting and corkage fees.
- Setup, takedown, and delivery of rentals.
- Delivery of welcome bags to the hotel rooms of your guests.
- Bridal gown alterations should be included in your dress budget.
- Taxes and gratuities. Even if you know there will be tax, it’s easy to forget when adding up prices.
- Hotel suites used for getting ready need to be reserved for the night before and the day of the wedding, even if you don’t plan to sleep there, as check-in usually occurs later in the afternoon.
- Breakfast and lunch for the bridal party during hair and makeup.
- Special shapewear or other undergarments that work with your gown.

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Authored by: Emily Lasnier