Hello Day Dreamers,
Wedding planning is in full force over here. We are in the works with the venue, the photographer, and I have begun reaching out to various other vendors for quotes. This may happen to everyone but I feel because of being in the events industry I have a harder time shopping around, I already know most of the vendors I want. This may also be due to the fact that I have been engaged for almost 4 years and have been vendor shopping for just as long. So when it comes to getting concrete quotes, despite the cost, I am already dead set on the vendor.
The general rule is to get three quotes for each vendor that you plan on booking (ie. look into 3 bands, 3 photographers, 3 designers etc). D and I have followed this rule for wedding bands as we have seen a few play live and we are almost ready to make a decision but want to see a few more bands perform first. As for photographers, I have been in love with Mango Studios since they photographed a friend’s wedding last summer. I knew before I even had a price list I had to have them! Not the best attitude when it comes to keeping on budget, but I would rather tone down other aspects and get Mango!
As for your wedding budget, start by thinking about all of the aspects that need to be included. Speak with both sets of parents to see who is contributing what or if you are paying for the wedding yourself pick a number that is realistic for you and work with in that. It may come as a bit of a shock (maybe not) but things will cost more than your original estimate. Be prepared to source out new vendors that fit your budget or be prepared to bite the bullet on a few expenses.
To help you all start your wedding budget. Here is a list of things to include and some that you can’t forget!! They are all a part of the budgeting process.
Wedding Budget Line Items:
- Venue – Ceremony (if you are getting married in a church, they often ask for a donation to the church, they don’t have a set fee they charge you)
- Venue – Reception (most include the room rentals and food and beverage in their cost)
- Officiant – if you get married outside of the church you will need to hire an officiant that is licensed in your province/state
- Decor – venue and ceremony (flowers, chairs, linens, centre pieces)
- Bouquets – for you and your bridesmaids, also some families get corsages for the grandmas and aunts.
- Transportation – between the ceremony location and reception OR for your guests from the reception hall to the hotel(s)
- DJ or Band – think ceremony and reception when booking music
- Wedding cake
- Wedding rings
- Wedding dress
- Grooms attire
- Bride and groom accessories – shoes, jewellery, cuff links etc.
- Hair and make up – for the bride and if you want your maids to have their hair done professionally you should be paying, the same goes for mani- pedi’s
A few small, but important things not to forget:
- Marriage license – to legally get hitched this is a must!
- Postage – sending out 100 – 250 invitations will add up in your budget so keep that in mind while selecting invitations (some may require more than standard postage because of shape and weight)
- Gifts – for your bride/groom to be and don’t forget to thank your attendants with a small gift!
- The little things – cake knife, a pen for the license signing
I hope this list helps you in creating your budget. Depending on your wants and needs, the line items will change, but this should be a good start!