Planning your dream wedding day and staying within budget can prove to be tricky. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or an elaborate, more expensive celebration, having a wedding budget is essential to keep your wedding costs under control. As a wedding planner in Essex I often see couples struggles to stay on track.
So with so much to think about and lots of decisions to make, don’t forget to add these things to your wedding budget –
Wedding Dress – you have found the perfect wedding dress but you may need alterations, this could be costly especially if your bridesmaids also need a few amendments. And after the big day there will be the cost of dry cleaning and then storage.
Photography – when deciding on the right package ensure to consider the cost of printing pictures and having an album created.
Stationery – make sure not to blow the whole budget on save the dates and invitations, as there is also the on the day stationery – order of service, table plan, menus, and name cards and not forgetting your thank you cards for after the big day.
Postage – with the cost of a second class stamp at 54p for a standard letter, don’t forget to add the cost for both invitations and thank you cards. And when choosing the design, make sure they are not too heavy!
Trials – before the big day you will want to make sure that every detail is just perfect, so having a make up and hair trail will be just as important as a flower trial to see an example of your bouquet or centre piece.
Flowers – preserving your bouquet or button holes has become a popular option to create a beautiful keepsake.
Catering – starting your day with a glass of bubbly sounds perfect but don’t forget to have breakfast for you and your bridal party, you may even need lunch if your not getting married till later in the day! When finalising numbers don’t forget yourselves in the final count for the caterers.
Corkage – are you considering taking your own drinks to your venue then make sure to ask about the corkage charge. This option isn’t always the cheapest.
Suppliers – when booking suppliers be sure to ask if they require catering on the day, especially photographer, videographer and wedding planner, as they will be there for most of the day. You may also need to check for overtime costs, just in case things don’t run to plan. The last thing you want is a huge bill following the day because you needed someone to stay on.
Accommodation and transport – if your not getting married in your home town you may need to think about the travel and hotel stays for the bridal party the night before, as well as booking something special for your wedding night.
Gifts & Favours – gifts for your wedding party can be costly. Make sure to think about these at the early stages of your wedding planning to ensure that you do not rush buy at the last minute. Wedding favours can be a lovely touch to your decor and a little keep sake of your special day for you guests.
Guestbook – the ideas have become much more interesting but this can also be much more expensive!
Cakes – a stunning cake will need a stand and there will normally be an additional charge for this (plus deposit), as well as a knife for the pictures. And don’t forget cake boxes for your guests to take a piece home…
I would always recommend that you slightly over estimate, especially with DIY items as these can always become more costly than you may initially anticipate. Set your budget at the beginning and it will really help to keep your planning stress free.
Maybe try to create a basic wedding budget that you can update as you book suppliers, making sure that you keep updating right through to the very last payment.