Congrats on your special day!
You may be pinching pennies as you’re getting closer to your wedding day. You’re trying to save as much as you can so you can make it the most special day possible.
As you look at the list of wedding expenses, you’ll notice they can add up quickly. The best thing you can do is find ways you can cut down on costs without cutting down on the wedding.
Continue reading this article to learn how to get your dream wedding without breaking the bank.
Budgeting Your List of Wedding Expenses
While it would be nice to have your wedding paid for like this, it isn’t always possible so you need to budget your expenses carefully.
1. Beauty Treatments
Besides your wedding makeup, you have to think about your beauty treatments before the wedding. Though you’re going to be paying all of these expenses before your actual wedding day, these treatments are a part of the wedding expenses.
Here are some of the common beauty treatments brides say they can’t do without on their special day.
- Professional teeth whitening
- Personal trainer
- Hair color trial and final color
- Finding the perfect foundation
- Manicure and pedicure
- False eyelashes
As you can see, these treatments will add up quickly and you need to make sure you have the money budgeted for these costs.
If you don’t want to pay full price for all of these services, you can look on sites like Groupon to see what kind of deals you can get. Besides that, many salons will offer discounts for a big party that wants to book together for a fun girls day out.
2. Bachelorette Party
If you don’t have a budget for these parties, you can do something small at your home or the home of a friend. Does anyone have a pool?
If you go out to a club or get together at another venue, the cost to rent the venue or buy the food and drinks can be substantial depending on the number of people in your party.
Not sure what kind of a bachelorette party you can have on a budget?
- Have some of your friends over for a fun sleepover and a sappy movie.
- Take a cooking class together.
- Have a glam session to practice for the wedding day.
- Go wine or beer tasting at a local vineyard or brewery.
- Have a fun scavenger hunt.
As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do for your bachelorette party that won’t break the bank.
While you might hope everything is going to fit just right — not likely. You and your wedding party are all probably going to need some alterations.
4. Unexpected Guests
Uncle John, the one that said he wasn’t coming? Yeah — he changed his mind and he would love to come to see your special day. If you’ve planned for unexpected guests, this isn’t going to be a problem but if you haven’t — emergency!
5. Sales Tax & Service Charges
You get a quote on all of the services and products you need for your wedding. You’re maxing out your budget and it’s going to be absolutely perfect.
Did you factor in the taxes and any service charges? Sales tax and service charges can be anywhere from a couple of hundred bucks to thousands of dollars depending on the size of wedding you’re having.
You don’t want to have to break out the credit cards to pay for your wedding but you might have to.
6. Marriage License
For your wedding to be legal, you need to get your marriage license. Depending on the state where you’re getting married, you’re looking at anywhere from $20 to $100 to get this important piece of paper.
7. Wedding Invites
No matter how fancy you go, you’re going to have some costs with wedding invites.
Do you want to save some money on wedding invites? One of the best things you can do is print your own invites from home.
If you must have the perfect wedding invites then you might choose to have a professional printer take care of your invites. It can take a while to get your invites right if you’re designing them yourself when you’re not very techy.
If you understand design and know your way around a computer, this is a great spot to save money.
How many people are you inviting to the wedding? The postage to get invites to everyone can be rather pricey. Make sure to check out how much it’s going to cost to mail all of your invites and put it in your wedding budget.
9. Wedding Day Meals
You already know how much you have to pay for your wedding meal, why are we talking about this?
Sure, you’ve budgeted for your wedding day meal after your wedding but what about breakfast? What about food for when you’re getting ready?
You and your wedding party need to eat and that’s going to cost some cash.
If you want to save some money on food, figure out what everyone likes to eat and get a bulk discount from the same people that are catering your other meal.
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