So you’re planning a wedding to celebrate the love and commitment between you and your partner, but your focus is on everyone else. What isn’t too surprising in this scenario is that you forget about your own needs when counting heads and factoring in costs.
Don’t forget that this is your day and as well as the usual things, there are expenses for your guests that should include you, too.
Make sure you include you and your partner in catering numbers and travel costs.
It’s unlikely you’ll end up without a seat on the day, but last minute additions to your guest list, even if it’s yourself, could come at a premium.
Thank You Gifts
It’s customary to leave small gifts or “favours” on the tables for your wedding guests, but it’s also common courtesy to gift your maid of honour and best man something to show your appreciation for their hard work. As well as this, many people get their parents a gift as a sign of gratitude. Bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girls and page boys shouldn’t necessarily be forgotten about either.
However, if money is tight, you shouldn’t feel obliged to spend a lot. Part of their gift is the honour of being an important person in the wedding party, after all! For a thorough breakdown of the members of the wedding party you may want to get gifts for, as well as suggestions for what you may want to buy, see here.
You’ve got the venue, the dress, all the RSVPs … but how are you getting to the actual wedding?
Your guests will usually sort out their own transportation costs but how you get there is another example of how you could forget about yourself in the planning!
Especially if you want to make a statement entrance, transportation for the bride and groom can be a large expense.
For more information about the types of transportation you might want to think about, see here.
On the day of your wedding, you’ll likely be surrounded by people running around like headless chickens, that is, if you aren’t doing the running yourself.
Hopefully, this isn’t the case, but even if it is you’ll have to factor in normal things such as when and how you’re going to eat. Make sure there’s enough prepared food for you and your bridesmaids or groomsmen to snack on as you get ready, or you might risk a dramatic faint up the aisle.
Either that or the celebratory champagne will go straight to your head!
Some other grumbling stomachs that you’ll have to factor into your budget plans are those of the people you’ve hired for the day. They might not be having the lavish meal that you’ve splurged on for your guests, but they will need some sustenance. The wedding band or DJ and your photographer will likely need feeding. This is one of the often forgotten wedding expenses so check their contracts to make sure you know what’s expected of you.