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DOLLARS & CENTS

WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A BUDGET SPREADSHEET FOR YOU. HAPPY PLANNING!

 

Pre-Wedding

Estimate

Actual Cost

Bridal Consultant

$_______________

$ _______________

Announcement in Paper

$_______________

$ _______________

Engagement portraits

$_______________

$ _______________

Engagement Photograph

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Stationery

Estimate

Actual Cost

Announcements

$_______________

$ _______________

Invitations

$_______________

$ _______________

Thank-you notes

$_______________

$ _______________

Postage

$_______________

$ _______________

Miscellaneous

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Attire & Beauty

Estimate

Actual Cost

Bride’s gown

$_______________

$ _______________

Headpiece/veil

$_______________

$ _______________

Alterations

$_______________

$ _______________

Bride’s shoes

$_______________

$ _______________

Lingerie

$_______________

$ _______________

Jewellery

$_______________

$ _______________

Accessories

$_______________

$ _______________

Hair & Make-up

$_______________

$ _______________

Groom’s formalwear

$_______________

$ _______________

Groom’s shoes

$_______________

$ _______________

Going away outfits

$_______________

$ _______________

Trousseau

$_______________

$ _______________

Miscellaneous

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Rings & Gifts

Estimate

Actual Cost

Bride’s engagement ring

$_______________

$ _______________

Bride’s wedding ring

$_______________

$ _______________

Groom’s wedding ring

$_______________

$ _______________

Marriage Licence

$_______________

$ _______________

Gifts for attendants

$_______________

$ _______________

Gifts for each other

$_______________

$ _______________

Rehearsal dinner/party

$_______________

$ _______________

Parents gifts

$_______________

$ _______________

Miscellaneous

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Ceremony

Estimate

Actual Cost

Church or ceremony site

$_______________

$ _______________

Officiant’s fee

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Music

Estimate

Actual Cost

Organist

$_______________

$ _______________

Soloist

$_______________

$ _______________

Other

$_______________

$ _______________

Live

$_______________

$ _______________

DJ

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Flowers

Estimate

Actual Cost

Aisle runner

$_______________

$ _______________

Bouquets

$_______________

$ _______________

Boutonnières

$_______________

$ _______________

Ceremony Flowers

$_______________

$ _______________

Reception Flowers

$_______________

$ _______________

Corsages for mothers

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Miscellaneous

Estimate

Actual Cost

Videography

$_______________

$ _______________

Photography

$_______________

$ _______________

Transportation (limousine, etc)

$_______________

$ _______________

Parking, powder room, and

coatroom attendants

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Reception

Estimate

Actual Cost

Site

$_______________

$ _______________

Food/Caterer

$_______________

$ _______________

Liquor

$_______________

$ _______________

Serving Staff

$_______________

$ _______________

Wedding Cake

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Reception

Estimate

Actual Cost

Rental equipment (tent)

$_______________

$ _______________

Linens

$_______________

$ _______________

Tableware

$_______________

$ _______________

Crystal

$_______________

$ _______________

Balloons

$_______________

$ _______________

Other

$_______________

$ _______________

Favours

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Post Wedding

Estimate

Actual Cost

Gratuities(if not already included)

$_______________

$ _______________

Wedding night accommodations

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

Honeymoon

Estimate

Actual Cost

Transportation

$_______________

$ _______________

Accommodations

$_______________

$ _______________

Spending money

$_______________

$ _______________

Clothing

$_______________

$ _______________

Gown preservation

$_______________

$ _______________

Flower preservation

$_______________

$ _______________

Subtotal

$_______________

$ _______________

GRAND TOTAL

$_______________

$ _______________

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

-MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN

PUTTING FINANCES TO THE TEST

When it comes to getting engaged, your wedding and your future. money can be a tricky subject. But it is a topic that you and your fiancé need to discuss as weddings can be a pricy bill. You both need to sit down and talk about each other’s finances. Financial stress has made and broken relationships all because there was no established mutual agreement to begin with.

Setting a budget can let you both know exactly what you have to spend. Making a list with your fiancé of everything he/she wants and then you make a list of everything you want. Afterwards, you can compare your lists and decide what is more important and where you can make financial cuts. You can do this when you’re planning your wedding, honeymoon and future.

 

To “save” means to take the money out of your cash flow and put it somewhere where it remains unspent. You may have a short-term goal for that money… like buying a new computer. Or you may be putting that money away for the long term – like retirement. But you have put the money somewhere and can look at it and say, “Hey, I saved that money.”

-GAIL VAZ-OXLADE, FROM PRINCE$$ AND TIL DEBT DO US PART

Talking about any past debts before entering into a marriage is important. You do not want to enter a marriage with any negativity. Paying off any outstanding debts should come before your wedding for the reason that you do not want to put yourselves in more debt.

Below you will find some tips and suggestions for financially planning your futures:

  • Be committed to your budget and have a savings plan
  • Set up a RRSPs fund or tax free savings account
  • Look at expenses in your life that you do not need
  • Use resources that you already have when planning your wedding
  • Try not to use your credit cards
  • Get your money to work for you

Visit Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s website for more helpful tips. (The jars really work!)

Do not be afraid to explore alternative financial opportunities. Whether it is investing in the real estate market or purchasing stocks when the market is low.

PERSONAL TOUCHES THAT WILL WOW YOUR WEDDING GUESTS

Do you dream of having a wedding that’s unforgettable? Since today’s bride is all about wowing her guests, Bridal Fantasy came up with a few ideas that will ensure your wedding makes a lasting impression.

  1. Guest Transportation: Consider shuttling your guests from your ceremony to the reception; not only is this more convenient and safe, it will also give your guests a chance to socialize with one
  2. Invest in a Photo Booth or Backdrop: It’s a great way to entertain guests at your reception and you’ll be guaranteed to have unique and funny photo
  3. Child Care: Hire a couple of babysitters (depending on the number of kids you are expecting). Set up a kid’s room with games, colouring books, a TV and DVD player for movies, Their parents will then have a chance to mingle with the other guests without having to worry about their kids.
  4. Live Entertainment: Hire professionals to put on a show for your guests: From musicians and comedians to balloon artists and face painters, anything goes, but make sure what you choose relates to your wedding
  5. Wedding Dress Change: Wearing more than one dress at your wedding is a big A good time to change is between your ceremony and reception. Consider wearing the fancier gown for your ceremony and a more comfortable or perhaps fashion-forward dress for the reception.
  6. “Rock Your Reception” Dance: Surprise your guests with a choreographed dance that turns Do this for your first dance, with your proud parents or your entire wedding party. Also, a great idea is to share it on YouTube.

More WOW ideas include having a candy or dessert bar that match your wedding colour(s)/theme, sponsoring a charity or edible centerpieces. Whatever twists your plan, make sure they reflect you and your fiancé’s personality!

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