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#1 nsousa

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    Posted 21 February 2011 - 02:59 PM

    We considered every last tiny detail in our budget -- and still ended up over 25% after fine tuning all the details.

     

    Here are the items we included -- some things which we had initially overlooked when first budgeting...

     

     

    travel (if u can afford to prepay the deposit for 10 rooms up front, most agents will allow a group booking...then you may be able to get your room plus other perks or free....which could save u a few bucks)

    Photographer

    photog overnight room fee (book at the beach hotel EARLY -- when they run a special)

    dress
    alterations

    bridal undergarments
    cake topper

    unity candle
    veil
    bridesmaid jewelry

    save the dates (u could email these to save $$ - and then send out an early invitation like a boarding pass or combo save the date/invite)
    invitations
    stamps
    purse

    brides jewelry
    votives
    cigars or cigar roller
    wedding bands
    grooms suit/shirt/tie/shoes
    ceremony/reception
    additional pp over 15
    cocktail or extra hour 13pp
    marriage cert
    bridesmaid bouquets
    groomsmen boutonniere
    centerpieces
    rose petals
    cake
    fire show
    mariachi
    sparklers
    mani/pedi
    dj
    generator (90 per hr)
    video
    favors
    seat cards
    fans
    maracas
    bridesmaid gifts
    groomsmen gifts
    transfers
    mothers corsage

    cards for bms and parents
    tips
    babysitter for ceremony

    kids activities

    thank you cards

     

    make a spreadsheet and start plugging in the numbers.... hope this helps!



    #2 BrideMoka

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      Posted 24 February 2011 - 08:06 PM

      Thanks that was a lot of help whew weddings are expensive :)



      #3 kimbos

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        Posted 09 March 2011 - 09:15 AM

        Thanks for the ideas. And yeah everything can add up very quickly.



        #4 TropicLover

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          Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:00 PM

          Very helpful!



          #5 Dominican Ally

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            Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:48 PM

            Thanks for the list - very helpful!


            Can't wait to marry my best friend on April 11, 2013!

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            #6 WeddingWallet

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              Posted 21 January 2012 - 09:52 PM


              Managing within budget sounds logical, yet many couples end up spending more on their wedding than what they can afford. Unfortunately, it takes more than a budget worksheet or tracking tool to create a realistic budget or stay on the budget.  Wedding Wallet, an wedding financial planner (https://mytafi.com/W...cialPlanner.htm) helps couples create a wedding budget (based on other users' budgets), check affordability of the budget and make a financial plan (reduce expenses, adjust goals) so they can have enough for their wedding by their wedding date.  The idea is let people adjust wedding expense in the broader life picture so the couples can understand tradeoff/impact of wedding expenses with other goals/expenses.



              #7 Meagan816

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                Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:34 PM

                Thanks for the list.  My FI and I just decided we better get started on a budget.  This was very helpful!



                #8 JessiTaylor

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                  Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:05 PM

                   

                  you also have to look for hidden costs. for example a free/set wedding package may include a cake - but if you watn decoration (like fresh flowers) it could well cost extra

                   

                  or they offer you a gazebo and chairs with bows...then suggest lovely extras that arent included (flower petals, extra arrangements etc). depends on the hotel of course but make sure you know exactly what is included and whether it fits in with your wedding day "vision" or if you need extras.also when you make a budget factor in a certain amount of contingency/emergency money for unexpected expenses. its better to have some left over, than to realise you want something or forget something and your budget is completely used up

                   

                  good luck!



                  #9 dreamweddings

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                    Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:46 AM

                    Hello Ladies,

                     

                    Nsousa I like your budget list and I will just add on to it, that remember having to focus on the 3 major things that eat up the budget, your wedding location,food and drinks and photographer,once you are sure of these costs you will pretty much have an idea as to where you heading with the total budget.

                     

                    If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will be happy to answer.

                     

                    Happy planning!

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