(Closed) my detailed budget..what have i missed?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1935 posts
Buzzing bee

marriage license?

Ceremony programs, place cards, seating chart, card box..

Ceremony decor? Alter arrangements?

rehearsal dinner?

Mc gifts?


wedding favours?


Post # 4
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Tax and tip for everything. I noticed you only noted it for the venue, reception food. Don’t forget to tip everyone else.

Not sure if you’re including it in your budget, but attire for all the other events–rehearsal dinner, bachelorette party, bridal shower, etc. And also wedding rings.

Special items like Champagne flutes? Cake cutter? Garter?

Post # 5
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think the best thing is to use a budget tool like the one on wedding wire, its really detailed and helps you keep track of how much you have spent so far..

Post # 6
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

 jewelry? veil? undergarments? shoes? included in gifted attire?

Post # 7
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

So this is detailed, but these were my budget items:


Wedding Band- Darling Husband



Bow Tie

Tux Shoes

Wedding Dress

Bride Wedding Shoes



Bra Cups Sewn In


Save-The-Date Cards


Return Address Stamps

Postage Stamp



Parent Hanky

Bridesmaid or Best Man Gifts

Groomsmen Gifts

Jewelry for BMs

2 Parent Albums

Parent Photo Frames




Candy Buffet

Dress Hanger

Out of Town Bags




Marriage License

Church Flowers


Tip for Church


Pre Marital Test


Wedding Cake

Groomsmen’s Cake


Rehearsal Dinner



Day of Coordinator

Chargers for under plates

Hair and Makeup

Hair and Makeup Trial





Engagement Photos



Post # 8
869 posts
Busy bee

Our venue requires us to get 3rd party insurance – something we didn’t think of, initially. Not sure if it’s necessary for you…

Post # 9
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t see transportation.

DIY stuff like a card box, escort cards, programs, guestbook etc. (You may not be doing it but I thought I’d mention.)

Don’t forget the cost of delivery for the flowers. It’s really expensive and it doesn’t look like you’ve included it in your flower budget. 

Thank you notes need to be purchased as well. (It’s not super expensive but the postage kills you)

Cake Decorations?

Out of Town bags?

Post # 10
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Everyone above has covered most of what I thought you missed

  • Paper Products (programs, menus, escort cards, table numbers, misc signs for guestbook, cardbox, the back of bride & groom chairs, etc)
  • Ceremony Flowers (at the front of the ceremony, I think you mention pomander balls for the aisles)
  • Cocktail Table Flowers
  • Parent Corsages/Bouts?
  • Postage for your STDs & Invites (outer envelope & RSVP envelope)
  • Accessories for Bride & Groom (Jewelry, garter, headpiece, shoes, veil, cufflinks, etc)
  • Videographer if desired
  • Favors
  • Out-of-town bags
  • Marriage license
  • Cake topper
  • Bathroom amenity baskets
  • Cardbox
  • Guestbook (if not using Engagement Photobook)
  • Hair & Makeup trial?  Hair & Makeup for E-Pics?
  • TIPS!

Post # 11
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I love the budget tool at Martha Stewart Weddings.  It has all of the categories, so you can get ideas of things you have missed. 


Post # 12
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Everyone has pretty much said it.

I would set aside a buffer as well, in case things go over. Plus, make sure tax AND gratuity are included. Our venue adds in a 28% tax that includes state tax, their “office” fee (whatever that is) and gratuity so we won’t have to worry about tipping…however, that’s almost 30% which really adds to cost!

Post # 14
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

The Knot has a great budget tool and checklist that I’m using. It can help you keep track of everything!

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