Five items you need to include in your wedding budget

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Developing your wedding budget is one of the hardest and most time-consuming aspects of wedding planning. Here are five items that you need to include in your wedding budget to avoid going over. 

Alterations. Most couples forget that once they have ordered their wedding attire they need to have it perfectly tailored to their bodies for the most flattering fit. Alterations will cost anywhere from $50 to $600. This will depend on your style of dress and suit, the work to be done, and what needs altering.

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Tips and Gratuities. Most couples forget about tips and gratuities because it is not always an immediate cost. Couples should budget between 10 to 30 percent of the fee depending on the service or vendor. This will include hairstylists and make-up artists, set-up and delivery staff, musicians, servers, bakers, reception staff and transportation, etc. 

Postage. This can be a costly element especially if your invitations are an odd shape or have embellishments such as flowers. The price for postage can range from about 50 cents to $3 per each invitation! This cost can be offset by using a wedding website to invite guests, it will save you money and it's eco-conscious. 

Reception Accessories. The guest book, cake topper, and card box are several accessories that are forgotten until the last minute. All these accessories can cost you from $100 to $300 depending on style. Account for these early on to avoid going over budget. Try gathering a cake knife from a family member or friend or make your own card box. Some venues provide these items as well so double check before you buy.

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Cake-cutting Fee. If you are considering having a cake at your wedding that you want to be served to your guests you will need to set aside an extra budget as this is usually a hidden fee when booking a venue. Some venues and restaurants charge anywhere from $1.50 and up per person. Opt for cute little cupcakes or individual mini pies. Who doesn't love pie?! 

We custom create every wedding budget for each of our full and custom planning clients. If you need help with developing your budget, please reach out to us we would love to help!



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