Wedding Budget Busters You Don’t Want to Ignore

Planning and sticking to a budget, especially for a wedding, can be very challenging. But did you know there are several factors that can end up busting your wedding budget altogether?  Since we know you work so hard to create and maintain it (for the most part anyway!), Delvaux Wedding & Event Planning decided to give you a few hints to keep your budget in check. Here are wedding budget busters you do not want to ignore. 

Bride and Wedding Guests

The Ever-Growing Guest List
The topic of the wedding guest list can be a very sensitive subject. We’re not saying not to invite everyone you feel should be there for your special day. But often times, parents and/or in-laws have a tendency to gradually add people to the list the closer the time comes to send out the invites. This situation can get even stickier depending on who is paying for some or all of the wedding.
What we suggest: As soon as wedding planning begins, set a limit to the number of guests you want. This will obviously depend on the capacity of the venue you choose, so that’s a good starting point. Both the bride and groom should start making his/her guest list. We also like to suggest going to the parents and future parents-in-law at this point and letting them know that the guest limit you have set, share with them your list and if there is room available, ask them to make their own list. However, you must explain that their list is a tentative list and you will try to accommodate their requests as best as possible.

Extra Wedding-Related Events
Most of the time, a wedding doesn’t just include the ceremony and reception. It is not uncommon to hold a rehearsal dinner the night before. Depending on what is decided ahead of time, this could end up being a cost of about $1,000 to the bride and groom. Often times, this is also where the bride and groom present gifts to their bridal party and parents, so don’t forget to factor in those costs. To wrap up the whole weekend celebration, there may also be a morning after brunch planned to see off the family and friends that will be traveling back home. 
What we suggest: Obviously now that you’ve been warned about these extra events and their costs, you can factor them into your budget. If you’re feeling a little more strapped for cash now, consider a more simple rehearsal dinner. An indoor or outdoor picnic-type dinner would definitely save you some dough. If a brunch just isn’t in your budget, don’t sweat it. We think most people will understand if the new Mr. and Mrs. want to enjoy each other and prepare for their honeymoon!

Vendor Incidentals and Tips
At first glance, these small charges seems like no big deal, but they can really add up fast! A venue may look like they are a more cost-efficient route, but once you really look into their contract and charges you will quickly see that may not be the case. Some items you will want to look out for are charges for: linens, cookie plating, cake cutting, corkage and security. We’ve even seen a place charge extra to have water-filled glasses on the tables as opposed to pitchers.
Often times, the venue itself will automatically charge about an 18% gratuity and you may want to give the servers a little extra if they have done a phenomenal job. To be honest, tipping can be SUPER confusing, so if you’re looking for more guidelines, we found this great article from the one and only Martha Stewart. Delivery charges can also be unforeseen expenses that may not be included in the price you’re given, so be sure to ask your vendors, especially your florist and cake maker. 
What we suggest: To avoid being blindsided by vendor incidentals, be sure to always ask specific questions about what is included in the price they are giving you. (ie: Ask the reception venue, does this price include all table linens and tableware that we will need? Ask your photographer, does this price include any prints?) Knowing all of the information necessary will also ensure that you are comparing apples to apples when making a decision about your vendors. Setting an amount aside for tipping can be a little tricky since it will depend on the quality of service you received. The best thing to do is budget a little on the high side and then distribute accordingly the day of the wedding.

The moral of the story is that you will always want to have a cushion in your budget. Set a percentage of your budget and label it miscellaneous, extra or emergency. This way nothing, will catch you off guard. We hope this article was helpful, but if you want the budget experts at Delvaux Wedding & Event Planning to help you with your next event, contact us today! You can reach us by phone (330) 770-7667, email Kristen@DelvauxWeddings or visit our website http://www.DelvauxWeddings.com.

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How to be the Best Bridesmaid Possible

Maybe you are a professional bridesmaid at this point or perhaps you have your first bridesmaid duty coming up. Either way, we could all use some tips on how to help make the bride the happiest she can be leading up to and on her big day.

Photo Credit: Photography by Dave and Chrissy

Photo Credit: Photography by Dave and Chrissy

Only accept if you are financially willing and able to participate.
Even if you haven’t been a bridesmaid before, you know that there are expenses involved. Consider all costs possible: engagement party, shower(s), bachelorette party, dress, makeup, hair, nails, travel and then gifts for all of the events as well. Once you hit a certain age, you can expect to be in at least a few weddings. I suggest that once you have a steady job, you create a special account just for weddings. Each month, setup an automatic transfer from your main account into this account so wedding events never take you by surprise.

Always agree with the bride.
Whether it’s about your bridesmaid dress, how she wants you to wear your hair or the groomsmen she has partnered you with, just go with the flow. I KNOW this is easier said than done. But trust me, all the bride wants is for you to be as excited about every aspect of her wedding as she is, so really make an effort to do so.

Be prompt for everything.
There is nothing worst for a bride than feeling like she can’t rely on the women she chose to stand with her on her wedding day. If the bride or maid of honor has requested a deadline (ie: dress ordering) or payment for something (ie: shower/bachelorette party), do it as soon as possible. The same goes for returned wedding RSVPs–just because you are in the wedding, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be courteous and mail in your response for you and your guest. Being prompt also goes for the wedding events. Being late just adds unnecessary stress for the bride and groom.

Be self-sufficient.
As a wedding planner, one of my jobs is to not let the bride know that anything has gone unexpectedly. As a bridesmaid, that is also part of your role. You pick up your dress and it is totally the wrong size? No need to bother the bride–take it for alterations and make it look the best you can. The makeup artist or hair stylist the bride chose botched your look? Sneak away with another bridesmaid and touch it up the best you can but don’t make a big deal about it to the bride.

I hope these tips have helped you to be the best bridesmaid you can be! Did we forget something? Post your suggestions in the comments below. As always, Delvaux Wedding & Event Planning would love to help you on your big day! Contact us for more information: Kristen@DelvauxWeddings.com or (330) 770-7667.