Planning a wedding can be a huge feat. Often times between the dress, the venue, the flowers and choosing the bridesmaids dresses, some things are bound to be forgotten. Every bride needs a few wedding planning secrets. So after some digging, these matters stood out as the 10 things that brides often forget to include in the wedding budget:
1) Hair and Make-Up Trial
If a bride is planning to change her look on her wedding day, a trial is mandatory. Most brides want the best of the best in hair and makeup. Do your homework. When you find a few vendors that you like, check out their credentials and check for good reviews. Take recommendations from former brides, that fashion-forward friend or even enlist your mother dearest, who probably has been scouring the city for quality vendors for your special day.
2) Travel Accommodations for Your Guests
If you are going to have your wedding in a place where your families do not live, then you should keep in mind what kind of financial burden that this is going to put on the attendees. Who doesn’t want their best friends and close friends of the family there to celebrate their special day? This involves working with a great travel agency or travel agent to get the attendees the best rate possible. Also, advanced notice is always appreciated so that people can start saving their pennies in enough time as possible. Offer to take care of the accommodations for your traveling bridal party.
3) Luggage Charges for Destination Weddings
If you are traveling abroad or away from home for your special day, remember that your dress and other essentials will probably require additional luggage. Check with the airlines to see if they have a special storage area for your dress. Bride and groom should do a cost analysis and include it in their wedding budget the potential cost of extra luggage.
4) Postage for the Invitations
When considering your wedding budget for invitation, be sure to factor in the cost of mailing your invitations. Invitations that are not designed to fit into a No. 10 envelope will incur additional postage costs. Consequently, No. 10 envelopes may also require additional postage based on the weight. Also, don’t forget that you have to put a stamp on each RSVP envelope.
EXTRA TIP: Be sure to tell the postal clerk that you want your invitation envelopes to be hand-canceled so that the envelopes will be processed by hand instead of by machine.
5) Rain Backup Plan
For your outdoor wedding, the weather can be a little unpredictable. Your guests will surely be dressed in their best. So show concern for your guests and make sure that you have a contingency plan encase it rains on your special day. There may be an extra cost to have the venue setup your ceremony inside. Be sure to consider this cost in your wedding budget. Don’t worry, rain on your wedding day is a good sign!
6) Thank you Notes
Always remember that people spent their time and money to attend your wedding. Make sure that the wedding budget includes purchasing nice thank you notes. Include a few wedding pictures as keepsakes. If your environmentally conscious, ask your guests to include their email addresses in your guestbook. You can send out e-cards (there will be some expense, usually if your number is over 10). This may not work for your grandma who loves good ol’ paper but for the majority of your guests who have smart phones attached their hands, this is a lovely surprise.
7) Emergency Funds & Wedding Insurance
Remember what folks say — anything can happen! Once vendors and venues are paid for, a lot of these people charge a huge cancellation fee offer do not offer refunds after a certain point. It makes good sense to invest in wedding insurance. Premiums are not that expensive. But you may not have considered adding that to your wedding budget. It’s also a good idea to setup an emergency fund. Having an emergency fund, takes a lot of stress off you and your groom. It’s a good feeling to know that there are funds to cover expenses which were not accounted for previously. Typical last minute expenses include flight changes, missing bridesmaid shoes, or that extra family member who waiting until the last minute to let you know that he/she was attending. Remember, there is life after your wedding day and a looming financial burden after your wedding is not a good look.
8) Picking up the tab for your Flower Girls
Unlike your bridesmaids, who more than likely, have been waiting for your wedding day to happen. So they are probably giddy with joy to be a part of your special day. But the parents of your beloved flower girl(s), may not see that expense coming. A nice gesture would be to pick up the tab for your flower girls. Give their parents a break.
WEDDING TIP: Take your bridesmaids and flower girls into account when you start your dress search. Choose dresses that they can easily wear again.
9) Marriage License
This is one of the most important parts of becoming official! During the hustle and bustle it takes to prepare for the special wedding day, remember that you must have your paperwork in order! Make sure that you research the city, state, and country that you are getting married in to see if blood tests, background checks or other information is necessary to obtain your marriage license.
10) Tech Chargers
Be sure to bring your phone charger to capture special moments during wedding preparation. Also, invest in a few extra chargers for the bridal party. They will want to capture the moment right along with you. Dead phones are not cute.