There are so many little things to remember in your wedding planning, but you do not want to forget the thing that makes you officially married. Make sure your paper work is in order (i.e.) an official birth certificate with seal of both parties and then there is an associated cost depending on state for the purchase of the actual marriage license.
Gratuity & Tips:
Due to your special day being on the brain some of the most common forgotten vendors to tip are limo drivers, bartenders, servers, caterer, valets, makeup artists, hair stylist, planner, and wedding officiator, . A way to make sure that everybody that helped with making your day so special is by adding a 10-15% gratuity tip to your overall budget.
Favors for the Wedding Party:
Although favors aren’t necessarily required you should want to thank your wedding party for closely sharing your special day with you and if need be they will remind you later on of those important vows. Favors don’t have to put a dent in your budget try opting for a DIY favor something that shows you appreciate them.
Even though you’ve planned to have a specific number of people attending your wedding, always be prepared for unexpected guests to show up; such as those who did not RSVP or a guest that may have brought a plus one without your approval. Although that may be frustrating, avoid the stress by budgeting in a couple extra meals and place settings. Even more importantly, don’t forget to plan meals for your vendors and security.
As much as you try to plan everything right down to the last second it is impossible to control Mother Nature. When planning an outdoor wedding you want to keep a big tent on standby in case of rain. Also be weary of the weather from the day before that could have caused a problem to the venue. So keep in mind the potential cost of a back-up venue.
Of course you want to look your best on your special day. The day of is usually for hair and make-up. So don’t forget to budget for your final manicure, pedicure, eyebrows and other waxing’s. A good thing to have prepared would be an “emergency bridal kit”.
It’s natural to think that once the wedding is over, the costs are over. Too bad that’s not the case. However, you should include the costs of the cleaning staff, the thank-you cards, the printing of your wedding photos, and the preservation of your dress in your budget. This way it won’t be so stressful or a surprise after your wedding day is over.
Jess or Lucy (305) 333-8878
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