February 8, 2008

What’s a six letter word for buzzkill?

Posted in Planning Your Own Wedding: Step by Step at 8:02 pm by Jess


You could argue that the budget should be step numero uno, but why depress yourself right from the get go? Planning a wedding should be fun. So make your master list first. You don’t know any numbers yet, so it won’t matter if you do your budget second. However, everything on your master list has to fit into your budget. You have to find out how much you have, and from who, before you can go any farther. That’s right. Peel yourself from theknot and finish this chore – I promise you can go back later.

~ Check out this video from event planner extraordinaire Sasha Souza, when the bride did not have a specific number in mind. Think tears, many of them, and threats of cancellation!

To help you, here is a list of some but not all of the things on your budget. Your budget should be really specific. There should be a line for the dress, and a line for the invitation stamps too.


Location Usage fee, Musician, Fee for Officiant


Ceremony flower, Reception flowers, Bouquets, boutonniere, Ushers boutonnieres, parents flowers, petals for throwing, petals for ground, petals for flower girl

Wedding gown, tiara & veil if wearing them, Shoes, Purse, Man’s Suit or Tux, Man’s Shoes, Tuxedos for any groomsmen if offering, Clothes for rehearsal dinner or luncheon

Engagement ring, Wedding band, Bride’s day-of jewelery, any jewelery purchased for bridal party as gifts

Save the Dates, Invitation Fee (or ink, paper and accessories for DIY), stamps, Thank You cards


Videography, Formal portraits, Prints, Album


Food, Alcohol and Drinks, Cake, Rental Fee, DJ or band, MC, any Professional decorator fees and/or cost of all decorating that you do yourself


Limo, Taxi, Rental Cars, Transportation for Travelers…plus tips!?


Favors for guests, Bridesmaid gifts, Best men gifts, Parental gifts

Wedding night (and any nights preceding for a destination wedding) , any hotels for out of town guests that you will be paying for.
Other Get Togethers

Bridal lunch, Groomsmen Night Out, Rehearsal dinner

Miscellaneous  (completely depends on you)

Photo booth, bubbles, polaroid camera, toilet kits (for example)

**I will be posting about all of these things in the future (well, most. I opted to scratch a lot of the hoopla too) and in those posts you’ll find ways to slim this list down,  make it more manageable, and have some budget friendly ideas


1 Comment »

  1. zephyr sloan said,

    love your blog!
    you are right about making wedding planning fun!! yes all of us have issues but we should let it spoil the fun!

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