Sticking to a budget sometimes is hard, especially if you want to make sure you get your dream wedding. With all the glitz and glamour of celebrity-style ceremonies, it’s no surprise why many brides feel stressed over the whole planning process while trying to stick to their wedding budget.
Maybe these tips will help. Avoid these budgeting mistakes and you’ll be on the right track.
Not specifying a budgeted cost to a wedding service
Make a detailed, specific budget. Factor in all the things in your wedding. Have a list of expenses for the wedding, line by line. Keep in mind that nothing is too small, do not leave out that $10 or so here and there. If you do, these will add up fast and before you know it, you’ve left out a few hundred dollars already. When you have specific dollar amounts for each of your expenses, you are less likely to overspend. Plus, arriving at a decision about this and that will be much easier!
Overspending on a venue
The right venue is very important to the feel and theme that you’d like for your wedding. However, some of them can be ridiculously priced. Venue choice is one of the common downfalls of wedding budgeting because it is one of the first major expense you will encounter. Experts advice that you can allot around 30-50% of your wedding budget for the venue and catering, including taxes, staffing costs and tips.
Printing too many wedding invitations
Tip: You only need one invitation per household, not per guest. Once you determine how many invitations you need, print an extra 5 or 10 for last minute guests or as a keepsake. Don’t forget the postage in your budget!
Forgetting last minute costs
Even the most awesome budgeters can make mistakes! The trick here is to budget every single item up to the very end. Include expenses for shuttling family members from out of town (to and from the airport), food and utilities expenses, booze for the wedding party, postage for your thank-you notes and the like.
Failing to exchange/return items
Save your receipts and return anything that doesn’t match your choices. These items, no matter how little they cost can make a huge difference in the long run.