The Wedding Budget
So they asked, you said YES, the engagement hype has settled and you’ve officially decided on a date. You’ve carefully set the wedding budget but have you remembered everything?
Today I am going to help guide you through The Wedding Budget – Expect The Unexpected and share with you my Top 10 Hidden Wedding Day Costs that most couples always forget!
Registering Your Intent To Marriage
In order to be legally married in Ireland, irregardless of what style ceremony you are hoping for you must provide a minimum of three months notice to a registrar in person. (Click here for links to full information required). The current fee for registering your intent to marry is €200.
You have chosen the most amazing invitations. They have been beautifully written, addressed and now it is time to pop them into the post. Depending on the amount of invitations you are sending out and how far they have to travel this can cost into the €100’s! Especially if you are also including a stamp addressed RSVP card. (Click here for Wedding Stamps)
You have budgeted for your hair and make up on the big day but have you remembered to include your trials? And that you may need more than one of each? Suppliers prices vary but on average a trial can cost anything between €50-€100. This can add up quite quickly on top of your initial budget. Tip: Schedule your consultations in the morning so you can see how well it lasts throughout the day and if you can, schedule for a night that you will be heading out to take full advantage of your look 🙂
Unless you are ordering a Made to Measure dress every wedding dress requires alterations of some sort. Ensure to ask this question when ordering your dress and include it in your budget.
You are at the wedding fair browsing through all the amazing suppliers then you spot it, the item you must have but never thought of! ‘Starlight dance floors, photo booths, chocolate fountains, marryoke’. You are so wrapped up in the hype of it all you’ve handed over your money and paid your deposit before you realise its not in your budget! My advice – sleep on it! If you are still thinking about it the following day and can work it into your budget then go for it.
These are getting more lavish as time goes on. Sit with your bridesmaids and friends, set a budget and stick to it! If you want that week-long holiday in the sun ‘Great’ but ensure it’s covered in your budget.
While most venues include these in their overall costing, what about your other suppliers? Videographer, photographer, florist etc. These costs can add up. Decide on an appropriate amount for each and stick to it.
Let’s face it us Irish love a good party and when it comes to a wedding they usually last all weekend. Be it a BBQ or drinks in a local pub or a house party these costs can be unexpected the day after the main event.
After Wedding Costs
Yes lovelies just because you have said ‘I Do’ does not mean the bill ends there. You had an amazing day in your dress but those muck and wine stains (yes it happens!) are not how you want to remember it. Cleaning and preservation starts at €100. Then you have all your thank you cards and of course your wedding pictures which you will want blown up and hung on the mantel as a reminder.
The Contingency Fund
Trust me you need one! No matter how much you plan and pray for things to go perfect there is always going to be something, which looking back on will seem minor but when you’re going through it feels like the end of the world. Expect the unexpected! That broken nail which now results in you needing at best, a new manicure or even a full new set of gel nails. That Aunt who said she wouldn’t come but is now perusing the table plan looking for her seat. The umbrellas (lets face it we live in Ireland) as it’s started pouring and you want to look flawless for your big entrance.
So there we have it lovelies, I hope these tips will help you along the way to a stress free planning journey and please if you have any other suggestions that you feel I’ve forgotten share them below in the comments.
Love L x x