Newlyweds – Tips for a Responsible Wedding Budget

You are over the euphoria of  being newly engaged and the wedding bells have rung, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty of planning the wedding.

Photography by Amy Hill

The first step is to plan the budget. In Notes from Colin Cowie , he offers some great suggestions and most importantly offers this advice.

“ Whether your budget is large or small,  your main objective is probably to squeeze the most value out of the dollars you have to spend. My general philosophy is to do five things really well instead of 10 things poorly.

At Linzi Events we will offer our newlyweds the following helpful hints , “prioritize”  and more often than not    ” less is more” .

The following is a list of  what needs to be covered in the budget.

  • Invitations
  • Fees for the officiant and ceremony site
  • Wedding attire
  • Transportation
  • Flowers
  • Photography
  • Gifts for the attendants
  • Gratuities
  • Wedding Planner
  • Favors
  • Décor
  • Music
  • The honeymoon

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The most high – cost item usually is the reception food and beverage as seen in the chart above. Make a list of what is important for you and budget accordingly. For example for some couples food and beverage and photography is important and will opt for DIY decor , for others  the wedding dress and entertainment are where their dollars will be spent. The budget will be worked on based on your shared list of priorities which the couple need to decide upon together . If parents are paying for the wedding the next step will be to share this list with your families so you can all be in agreement.

In different states, some seasons may be more popular than others so could be more expensive. So if you are not committed to a particular date this may be a consideration . For example in Florida in the summer months,  a bride may be more able to get a deal on the  location of her  dreams than in the winter months.  Should you  hire a professional wedding planner they will assist you in creating your budget, making sure your have done all your homework and when you are comfortable with your decision, sign the contracts.

In the end it will  be the wedding of your dreams with all your wishes in the right place.

 

Wedding Day “Survival” Kit for Brides

Everything is going to be perfect on my wedding day! Yes, that is what all brides think, but you never know when an earring backing may fall off or a piece of hair springs free from your bobby pins! Most event planners will bring an emergency wedding kit with them, but if not your maid/matron of honor should take over this responsibility. Your kit should be everywhere with you, the ceremony, the reception, and any off site photo locations that you are going to. Here are Emily’s suggestions for an emergency wedding kit so that you have peace of mind on your big day:

Travel size mirror
Travel size hair spray
Travel size deodorant and perfume
Tissues
Manicure kit (nail clippers, file, tweezers, scissors)
Breath mints and/or travel size mouthwash
Basic sewing kit (safety pins, scissors, sewing tape, needle and thread)
Stain remover
Makeup and Makeup remover
Pain relief tablets
Eye drops and cough drop
Earring backs and an extra pair of earrings
Band-aids and small bandage
Vanity kit (cotton balls, nail file)
Clear nail polish (prevents stocking runs and ladders)
Feminine hygiene products
Super glue
Sun cream and unscented insect repellent
Flat shoes in case your wedding shoes become painful later in the day
Hair brush , Hair bands and Bobby Pins
Drinking Straws
Extra pair of stocking is wearing them
Phone number list of wedding vendors
A copy of your wedding schedule
Extra pair of stockings if needed
Phone numbers of all wedding vendors

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Along with the wedding emergency kit, the matron/maid of honor should have these items handy in a small handbag for the bride throughout the reception in a safe but easy-to-access place during the dinner and/or reception.

Perfume
Tampons
Nail File
Hair Spray
Cash
Comb/brush
Cell phone
Breath mints

And just for fun……

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This kit features emergency essentials for the mother-of-the-bride, including tissues and waterproof mascara, a calculator to add last-minute expenses, and earplugs for those bridezilla moments.

Alana’s Equestrian Themed Bat Mitzvah Celebration

Alana is an accomplished equestrian rider who competes on the hunter circuit . The choice of equestrian themed decor for her  Bat Mitzvah was perfect.  The celebration was held at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton.  A combination of royal and round tables filled the room and were covered with hedges of flowers  and candles. The highlight was the “authentic horse jump ” rented from a nearby barn covered in foliage and flowers. And of course, we can’t forget the details. On the back of each chair was a custom rosette with the logo. This was the third Mitzvah that Linzi Events has planned for the Picard Family, another great celebration!  Thank you Joel from Five Star Event Group and his crew for partnering with Linzi Events to create a beautiful space for Alana. Photographs courtesy of  Munoz Photography .

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