Who doesn’t love a good romantic comedy? Although this movie doesn’t have the happiest ending, I had a few brides tell me that the wedding scene truly embodied the ambience that they wanted to evoke for their own nuptials. I decided to put a moodboard together to try and help any brides pull together a similar design.
In my experience, here are the things that can cause the most heartache after you get your final bill.
1. Not including tips and gratuity. Tipping on catering alone is often $1500+ so not including it in your budget will cause you a major meltdown later on. Here’s a great tipping cheat sheet I recommend to my couples: http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/the-budget-guru/how-to-tip-wedding-vendors
2. Not budgeting for overages/accidentals. You always want to provide a cushion in case an unforeseen cost should arise (and it usually does). Examples? the venue only has 1 bathroom so you need to rent a port-a-potty, the tent will need staging due to un-level ground, your DJ/friend/sister’s boyfriend is now a no-show and you need to find a new one ASAP. Consider it your emergency savings for your wedding. We recommend budgeting 8-10% of your budget for overages.
3. Not budgeting for a rain plan. One of the biggest mistakes I see when coming late to the game with brides. A bride planning an outdoor wedding who convinces herself it won’t rain on her day usually gets the worst surprise of her life when a week out she’s faced with a 90% rain chance and no budget for tenting. Rain plans are unfortunately an expensive and necessary evil, so put the money aside and consider it spent until you get the 48 hour forecast. Most basic tents start at around $600.
4. Consistently going over budget in every category. A good budget is set up to be flexible, but, if you are consistently going over in every category (even $100 or so) you will find yourself quickly reaching into an empty pocket book. The best way to approach this is to talk to your fiancé and decide what areas you’d be willing to splurge on, and how much you can afford to splurge. After you’ve talked about potential overages, stay in budget in the other categories, no matter what. Chances are you will come under in other areas and come out on top.
5. Details, details, details. Not factoring in the small items can be a budget breaker. For example, you may have booked rentals, but did you factor in delivery and set up? ($300-$500)What about your guest book? ($20-$50) Those champagne flutes for toasting? ($20-$200) All of these items need to be accounted for. The best way is to start with an overly intensive budget and work your way through it, deleting anything you don’t need. Being too general with your categories can make it very difficult to get accurate estimates.
Who: Stone Fox Bride
Your Celebrity Style Muse: Jemima Kirke
Your Dream Wedding: A gathering in the forests of Big Sur with 50 impeccably dressed guests
Our Pick: Lucinda
The Price: $4,300
Who: Winifred Bean
Your Celebrity Style Muse: Blake Lively
Your Dream Wedding: Romantic, peony-filled wedding on a private estate in North Carolina
Our Pick: Tulipe
The Price: $2,600
Who: LeeAnn Marshall
Your Celebrity Style Muse: Emma Stone
Your Dream Wedding: Modern, whimsical wedding at a library in New York City
Our Pick: Betsy
The Price: $4,500
Who: Charlie Brear
Your Celebrity Style Muse: Keira Knightley
Your Dream Wedding: Intimate brunch in the backyard of an English brownstone
Our Pick: Arlette
The Price: Price Upon Request
Who: Grave Loves Lace
Your Celebrity Style Muse: Zoë Kravitz
Your Dream Wedding: Picnic reception and bonfire on the beaches of Tulum
Our Pick: Inca
The Price: $2,950