Money seems to be one thing that is on everybody’s mind. However when planning your wedding is it okay to go into dept just to plan this celebration? One thing to keep in mind here is that you can still have a great wedding without going overboard on the budget. This is your chance to get creative and try to figure out how to do things that work within your set budget. Weddings can get very expensive however just because you don’t have a lot of money does NOT mean you still can’t have a great. Unlike the old days when the parents of the bride would be responsible for paying for the wedding, and the grooms parents would be responsible for paying for the couples honeymoon, these traditions have seemed to have faded away. Now the couple might be responsible for the entire wedding themselves. Sometimes, if things aren’t done the way the parents like, they may choose to opt out of their offer to pay for a particular expense. There are many areas in which people can easily cut costs. For instance, cut back on your guest list. You don’t need to invite five hundred people to your wedding. Inviting just close family and friends can cut hundreds if not thousands from your cost. There’s no point invited hundreds and hundreds of people if you can’t accommodate for them all. Areas you don’t want to cut back budget would be photography. Your pictures are the one thing that you will have for years to just look at and memories on that grand day of yours. Having unprofessional pictures is not a great way to cut costs. Careful and thoughtful planning is the best way to save money. As the saying goes “don’t try to have a champagne wedding on a beer budget.” Compromise whenever possible. For example a disc jockey instead of a band will help cut down costs. I will now provide you with a simple breakdown of the wedding to give you a feel of how expensive things can be.
Generally expenses run as followed:
- - Engagement party and photography (optional)
- - Brides wedding dress, shows and accessories
- - Brides presents for her guests
- - Brides honeymoon attire
- - Grooms wedding ring
- - A gift from the bride to the groom (optional)
- - Wedding invitations
- - The wedding photographs, videos and developing any candid cameras
- - Decorations for the wedding ceremony, reception and house. Bridal bouquet and flowers for brides bridesmaid and flower girl
- - Renting the banquet hall, clubhouse, catering serveice, food, refreshments, liquor, wedding cake, and favors, tents, carpets or any extra equipment needed.
- - Fees for extra services performed at the wedding. For instance, the choir, organist, etc.
- - Transportation.
- - Brides engagement ring and wedding ring
- - Purchasing or renting the grooms wedding attire
- - Marriage license
- - Clergyperson’s fee
- - Gifts for the best man/ushers
- - Gift for the bride
- - Boutonnieres for the groom and the ushers.
- - Brides corsage
- - Corsages for family members
- - Lodging for out of town guests if needed.
- - Transportation after the reception.
- - Honeymoon expenses.
Bridesmaid’s, groomsman, ushers and guests all have their own share of expenses to cover for too when planning to attend your wedding.
- - Purchasing the bridesmaid dress, shows and accessories
- - Transportation to and from wedding
- - Shower or luncheon for the bride.
- - Additional travel costs if they are an out of town guest.
- - Formal attire or rental of wedding attire and shoes.
- - Transportation to and from wedding site
- - Individual gift for the couple
- - Bachelor dinner for the groom
- - Travel expenses if they are an out of town guest.
- - Pay for their own transportation and lodging
- - May purchase new attire for the wedding
- - Purchasing a gift for the newly wed.
- - Additional transportation costs if they are from out of town.
- - Hair and makeup (optional)