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Wedding Planning 101
A Practical and Simple Guide to Planning a Simple, Yet Elegant Affair

Coordinating All the Pieces

The biggest part of planning a wedding is making sure you have all the pieces. There is an awful lot to consider and you don’t want to be walking down the aisle when you remember that you didn’t hire a photographer! In this section, we’ll list all the areas you’ll want to consider. Remember, that you do not need to include everything in this list. This will give you many options. Choose the ones that fit your dream and eliminate the others. Also, keep in mind that if you are working on a restricted or tight budget, you may need to scale down some areas in order to spend more on what is important to you. For example, if you really don’t care about a huge reception, you can cut out everything but the basics such as wedding cake, a Groom’s cake, and punch in the fellowship hall of your church. By cutting out most of the reception costs, you will have much more to spend on that elegant dress you’ve always dreamed of... get the picture? As you look through this section, determine what is important to YOU, and what is not. Saving money in one place means more money for what’s important. And keep in mind that just because your two best friends had rehearsal dinners, doesn’t mean that you have to; prioritize based on YOUR dream!

These are areas you should consider. As you and your groom look at each area, determine if you want to include it in your plans and who (realistically) will pay for it. Determine if you want it, who will pay for it, and how much you want to spend on it. The three right columns will give you realistic minimum and maximum spending limits and will also tell you who, if anyone, is traditionally responsible for the costs. “B” or “G” indicates that either the Bride or the Bride’s family, or the Groom or his family may want to bear the cost. But remember that in the 21st century, all norms are thrown out the window. Go with what works for your situation.

Maximum
Minimum
Who SHOULD Pay?
Bridal Clothes
$150
$5,000
B
Music / Ceremony
$100
$300
B
Music / Reception
$200
$2,000
B or G
Flowers
$100
$5,000
B
Photos
Free (donated)
$7,000
B
Some brides who are really on a very tight budget opt to have friends or family take pictures and video tape weddings for free. This is a good way to save money, but please remember that your pictures and video can NEVER be redone. We highly suggest that if you choose to have a volunteer do this for you, select someone with experience who knows what they are doing.
Videos
Free
$500
B or G
Some brides who are really on a very tight budget opt to have friends or family take pictures and video tape weddings for free. This is a good way to save money, but please remember that your pictures and video can NEVER be redone. We highly suggest that if you choose to have a volunteer do this for you, select someone with experience who knows what they are doing.
Bakery (Wedding Cake, Groom’s Cake, etc.)
$200
$2,000
B
Catering / Rehearsal
$200
$5,000+
G
With regard to catering costs, both for rehearsals and receptions, it is difficult to put any sort of maximum on this because there are varying degrees of elegance and also varying numbers within a wedding party and a guest list. For example, someone with a wedding guest list of only 75 people could provide an very elegant sit-down meal for everyone for much less than it would cost to have a simple meal for 700 guests. You must include the number of people in your planning. It makes a big difference!
Catering / Reception
$200
$5,000+
B
With regard to catering costs, both for rehearsals and receptions, it is difficult to put any sort of maximum on this because there are varying degrees of elegance and also varying numbers within a wedding party and a guest list. For example, someone with a wedding guest list of only 75 people could provide an very elegant sit-down meal for everyone for much less than it would cost to have a simple meal for 700 guests. You must include the number of people in your planning. It makes a big difference!
Clergy Fees / Honorariums
$100
$500
B and G
Some clergy or officiants may charge a fee, but even if they do not, it is customary to give an honorarium to the person officiating your wedding. A gift of less than $100 would be like a bad tip for a good waitress. Don’t go less than $100.
Church, Building Rental, Tents, etc.
Free
$10,000
B or G
If you are getting married in a church where you attend, you may be able to use the facility free of charge. Many churches charge a deposit that is returned if nothing is damaged. Here again, it is hard to determine a maximum in this category. Use of your church as compared to renting 10 large tents are not even in the same ballpark.
Decorations
$100
$4,000
B
Ceremony Misc.
$100
$3,000
B
Ceremony Miscellaneous items include everything from a guest book to candles. Choose what you want, but use what you choose. Items in this category can really add up!
Wedding Party
$25 per person
$300 per person
Women - B
Men - G
It is customary to give each member of your wedding party a gift. Brides often like to select something for their bridesmaids that can be worn during the ceremony. For example, simple pearl earrings not only say “thank you” quite nicely, but your wedding pictures look great with everyone wearing the same thing! The bride should choose the bridesmaids gifts and the grooms should select items for his groomsmen. Remember, it’s more expensive to buy for eight attendants than to buy for two! And don’t forget to buy something special for the ring bearer and flower girl.
Printing
$50
$4,000
B
Last but not least, printing is one of the biggest costs in a wedding. From invitations, to thank yous, RSVP’s for both the wedding and the rehearsal, envelopes, napkins, and so on, printing can eat up your budget. Consider the use of rubber stamps to save money without saving on the elegance. We’ll explore this possibility in the next section.

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WEDDING PLANNING 101
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USING RUBBER STAMPS: WHYHOW
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WEDDING PLANNING 101
Copyright 2003 by Canville Communications
Edited by Dan C. Rinnert – Contributor: Lynda Andrews

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