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Making a Budget For Your Wedding

By Charity Baker

Just the thought of all the expenses that come with a wedding, can really put a damper on the most important day of your life, especially when you need to work within a financial frame of X dollars. To avoid the stress of facing too many decisions all at once, try making a budget for your wedding.

Start out with an idea of what you have to spend. Keep in mind that you will have other expenses starting out on a new life together, and come to a mutual agreement of what kind of wedding to have. Then list the elements that your wedding will include, and decide that if it comes to a crunch, what items will take precedence over others.

Things to consider when making a budget for your wedding, may include but are not limited to:

  • Honorarium for church, or fee for other location of the ceremony

  • Fees for reception hall

  • Bridal dress

  • Groom's tuxedo

  • Flowers

  • Wedding cake

  • Catering

  • Invitations

  • Thank You notes

  • Postage

  • Photographer

  • Gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen

  • Number of guests

Remember that while tradition used to hold that a bride's parents sponsored the reception, and the groom's parents the rehearsal dinner, many couples now choose to pay the majority of expenses themselves.

Settling on a ballpark number of guests will help you determine what size hall is needed for the reception, and how many there will be for the dinner. You can cut costs on a formal wedding by renting the groom a morning suit instead of buying one. Flowers for the church and reception can be rented silk arrangements that will also save you money.

Your wedding should be special, and everything you dreamed of. Making a budget will help you achieve that dream, while eliminating the stress of worrying over costs.



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