Although budgeting for your big day isn’t exactly fun, it's something that can't be ignored. Avoid the stress and stay on track by following these 5 easy tips!
So you know that band you just hired? Well, not only do you need to to pay for them to play music, but you’ll also need to pay for them to eat—along with the rest of the vendors who will be at your reception. From the photographer, videographer, assistants and maybe even your wedding planner or coordinator, they’ll all need a little something to keep them going throughout the evening. Make sure you talk to your caterer beforehand and plan for this so you don’t run into any bumps during your evening.
Postage & Permits:
You may want to set aside a small portion of your budget for all the postage you’re going to need! The size and weight of your save-the-dates and invitations will determine if your postage will be more than the standard 49 cents. And don’t forget to count the response envelopes! As far as permits go, if you’re planning on having any wedding photos in any sort of park or landmark area, be sure to check and see if it requires a permit.
Don’t forget about those out of town guests! You’re probably planning on providing a hotel room block somewhere near the reception site for the night of the wedding… but don’t forget to ask about any cancellation penalties! Try to block off just as many rooms as you need, that way you don’t have to worry about being charged if guests end up not showing up.
BUT, if you got the “Bentwood Weekend” package, then you should be set on rooms for the night at our cozy bungalows! If you need more rooms, be sure to check out some of the hotels in Georgetown.
We all know you and your bride or groom will be taking home plenty of gifts from your wedding… but have you thought about how many gifts YOU will be handing out on the big day? How about those welcome bags for your guests, thank-you gifts for your parents and wedding party, and a present for your soon-to-be spouse? Although they're optional (obviously), these gifts can and will add up quickly. Make a list of who you’ll be buying for early on and set a budget for what you want to spend. OR, just don’t hand out gifts and save yourself a few bucks. Totally up to you.
Tips & Taxes:
Tax and gratuity are a huge expense that most couples don’t consider up front. Unless you’re getting married in Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, Delaware, or Oregon (the five states that don’t have sales tax), then many of your vendors will be charging you tax on the services they provide. Make sure when you’re getting your quotes and signing your contracts that the final cost includes tax; otherwise, that’ll make for a not-so-great surprise on your wedding day.
These five tips are easy to miss when you’re planning your wedding budget, especially when you’re more focused on the big-ticket items like the caterer and the photographer. Just remember that planning for these costs early will save you the headache later on and let your focus on what’s important—marrying your other half!
your focus on what’s important—marrying your other half!
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