Planning your wedding is likely to be one of the most stressful things your likely to do, on top of probably already a very busy life – lets face it we are all super busy these days; coordinating lots of different suppliers as well keeping track of the guest numbers, pulling together the theme, juggling to keep everyone happy and perhaps the trickiest part, managing your budget! Keeping on top of costs can be a challenge, especially when money is tight, and we would be quite willing to bet most weddings end up running over budget. But whilst you may have sized up the costs of all the major parts of your day , there are often a few others which can catch you out!
1. Dress Alterations
After much deliberation the dress budget is set, and result the one you fall for comes in under budget, happy days! So you then go ahead and order that expensive tiara and designer shoes. Yeah, budget met! But slow down, last minute wedding nerves leaves you a couple inches short on your waist and you need last minute alterations! Any money left in your money pot? No, the coffers are bare!
2. Bridal Party Gifts
The chances are you have been thinking of this from the getgo, but chances are you left them off your budget spread sheet! Even if you’re just getting bouquets for your mums and maids, they can run up a hefty cost, so be prepared and plan ahead!
Posting your invites and thank you cards actually can cost the thick end of £100 – so make sure you account for it in your budget!
4. Over-time Costs
Whilst some suppliers will be lenient and hang about should your day go slightly off course, time is money! Some suppliers may be booked for a specific length of time or charge by the hour – check your contracts! In any case make sure you stick to your time plan (i.e don’t be late for your ceremony!) or, be prepared to pay your photographer over-time costs.
5. Post Wedding Costs
There are often a few loose ends to tie up, and one that many people forget to factor in is wedding dress cleaning and storage options.
6. Service Charges, Tips and VAT
Double check all your agreements and contracts with suppliers and venues to make sure you’re aware of costs which don’t appear on your bills. Don’t build a budget based on quotes, think about VAT and enquire about service charges, especially from your venue.
7. Contingency Fund
Your dream country castle hotel is 100 miles from home, every list has been ticked off and triple checked before setting off! But you just know that something vital will have been left back at home. Typical. Make sure to keep an emergency fund for last minute shopping trips!
8. Include Yourselves
Classic schoolboy error – always remember to count yourselves in head counts! Feeding everyone but yourselves is just crazy!
9. Hotel Accommodation
You’ve budgeted for the venue, the room for your wedding night, the honeymoon, but what about an early flight it might mean an extra night near your airport? And arrangements for your wedding party, make sure this is clearly communicated are you paying for the Best Man’s room or is he? Plan this into the budget, as it could equally add an extra few hundred pounds!
10. Beauty Treatments
Producing the best version of yourself doesn’t always start the day before! Some couples opt for weightloss programs, gym memberships, teeth whitening/straightening treatments it all adds up over the course of a few months. Not to mention on the day and before before the day, chances are you’ll be looking to invest in some additional beauty treatments. And if you have bridesmaids, you may be expected to pay for their hair and make-up too. 100% recommend getting in the pros if your budget allows it, so to make sure it does, factor it in from day 1!