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Your Wedding Budget - PRINT THIS OFF!

ITEM COST
Wedding Consultant $ _______
Parties:
Engagement $ _______
Bridesmaids' luncheon $ _______
Rehearsal dinner $ _______
Reception $ _______
Stationery:
Thank-you notes $ _______
Invitations $ _______
Announcements $ _______
Stamps $ _______
Clothing:
Bride's gown/dress/suit $ _______
Groom's tuxedo $ _______
Flowers:
Members of wedding party $ _______
Parents $ _______
Grandparents $ _______
Wedding ceremony $ _______
Reception $ _______
Catering:
Pre-wedding parties $ _______
Reception $ _______
Cake $ _______
Music:
Ceremony $ _______
Reception $ _______
Photography/video: $ _______
Additional Expenditures:
Marriage license $ _______
Rings $ _______
Clergy's fees $ _______
Honeymoon $ _______
Bridal party gifts $ _______
Hairstyling $ _______
Transportation $ _______
Guest book $ _______
Tips/gratuities $ _______
TOTAL: $ _______

Now that you've got a better handle on finances, create your organizational plan and put it on paper. Again, be as complete as possible. You may want two worksheets-one pre-wedding checklist and another devoted solely to the wedding day. Get an early start on your list-it's not unusual to find services and sites reserved one or two years in advance. Here is a short example of items to include on your pre-wedding checklist. You'll want to be much more detailed.

  • Reserve a church or other wedding site
  • Book a reception site
  • Book a caterer
  • Book a musician or disc jockey
  • Order invitations
  • Order flowers
  • Book a photographer
  • Register for gifts
  • Order clothing
  • Book honeymoon

When your big day finally arrives, it's natural to have a bad case of nerves. Undoubtedly, some minor mishap will occur, but what may seem like a disaster to you will probably go unnoticed by your guests. Most often, you'll find that all your careful planning pays off. Your main objective should be to enjoy the day and celebrate your marriage.

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