So you want to set the right tone for your big day with your wedding invitations, but you don’t have a big budget. Don’t sweat it! There are plenty of ways to get gorgeous invites without breaking the bank. Here are 10 ways to save big on your big day stationery.

 

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1. Make your own invitations. 

If you have a great printer at home, you’re halfway there! Browse wedding blogs or online stationery stores for gorgeous free invitation templates that can be personalized with your wedding details before you print. Feel like getting crafty? Order a rubber stamp customized with your invitation wording, pick up a few packs of pretty paper, and get to work.

2. Shop online and customize your stationery. 

Try Wedding Paper Divas, Etsy, Basic Invite, and Minted for stunning stationery at super-reasonable prices. Choose a template and add in your wedding details, or completely customize a suite to suit your personal style. You can even find designs from high-end luxury stationers at discounted prices by purchasing pre-printed invites online.

3. Use standard-sized envelopes. 

Believe it or not, a square wedding invitation is going to cost you! Oversized or non-standard envelopes have to be hand-stamped by the post office, so you’ll end up shelling out more for postage than you would for rectangular invites.

4. Choose a lower-cost printing technique. 

Engraving, foiling and letterpress are certainly stunning, but if you’re on a budget, look for digitally-printed invitations that are equally chic. Just make sure to talk to your stationer about printing options before settling on a final design, since certain aesthetics can only be achieved through specific print methods.

5. Keep it simple. 

All of those bells and whistles may seem inexpensive at first, but the extra details add up when you have 100+ guests to consider. Skip the bows, pocket folders, inner envelopes, and keep your invitation costs to a minimum. Trifold invitations with tear-off RSVP postcards are a particularly good way to streamline your invite and cut costs, especially if you have a lot of information to share with your guests.

6. Extra Invitation and Envelopes

Remember to order extra invitations and envelopes for last-minute additions to the guest list and inevitable printing and addressing accidents. A one-off print job is far more expensive per invitation than bulk printing, and you’ll likely have to pay extra to get the job done quickly.

7. Proofread. 

This may seem like a no-brainer, but couples who fail to proofread often find themselves paying massive reprinting fees to replace invites with misspelled venues or the incorrect year! Carefully review your invitation proof before approving, paying especially close attention to all names, dates, times, and addresses.

8. Address your own envelopes. 

It’s wonderful to receive a hand-calligraphed wedding invitation, but ultimately, hiring a calligrapher is an expense you can forgo. Guests will appreciate that you hand-wrote their addresses and you’ll save big bucks. If your handwriting just isn’t envelope-worthy, talk to your stationer about digital guest addressing.

9. Work your website. 

There are so many great free wedding website services out there, so take advantage and build one for your wedding! Include maps, hotel, and travel information, and even manage your RSVPs online. Then you can direct guests to your website and skip the inserts, RSVP cards, return envelopes, and postage that raise stationery prices.

10. Skip the fancy materials. 

You don’t need organic cotton, leather, or wood to send a memorable and stylish wedding invitation! Choose a design you love that represents your wedding style and can be printed on regular old paper and we promise — your invitations will still be gorgeous.

 

What do you get when you combine an overwhelmed bride, a bunch of her besties (hello, big personalities…), and the stress of wedding planning? The potential for conflict….To avoid a bummer backlash, be wary of the eight most common bridesmaids fights.

Here are 8 common Bridesmaids flights and How to Avoid Them

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1. Dress Dilemmas.

Of course, everyone wants to look their best on the big day, but that likely means something different to all involved. If your crew isn’t feeling the color you chose, consider whether you’re willing to let your girls pick from a curated color palette instead. If someone feels like the fit of the dress just doesn’t flatter, try mixing up the hem or necklines to suit each bridesmaid. And if you’ve got your heart set on your original vision with very little wiggle room, simply take the time to explain to your posse how important that vision is to you and how much you appreciate their support.

2. Hair and Makeup.

Much like the dress, your ‘maids may not love your hair and makeup vision as much as you do. Again, compromise is key, if you’re willing to offer up a few more options. If you’re not so willing to budge on the beauty routine, communicate that kindly and clearly to your crew, and show your appreciation for their efforts.

3. Timeliness.

Got a friend who takes weeks to respond to time-sensitive emails or is always late to fittings and appointments? It’s best to talk it out early. Explain that you understand what a big commitment being a bridesmaid is, and that you asked her to take part because of how important she is to you. An open, honest conversation should be all it takes to get things back on track.

4. Expenses.

Between dresses, bachelorette parties, transportation, and gifts, wedding spending can quickly add up. If one of your gals is feeling the pinch more than others, be sure to open the lines of communication. Explain that it’s more important to have her presence than a present, and allow her to take part in the activities in the way that works best for her. Friends are more important than money, and losing one over cash flow is never worth it.

5. Plus Ones.

While even experts disagree on “plus one” etiquette, most will tell you that offering your bridesmaids the option to bring a date is always a nice gesture. Of course, husbands and wives should always receive an invitation, but consider asking your single girls if they’d like to invite a date along as well.

6. Jealousy.

Wedding season can be emotionally trying for some gals. Whether one of your ‘maids is going through a tough breakup or eagerly waiting for her partner to pop the question, try not to take her not-always-cheerful attitude personally. But, if things escalate to dramatic displays or excessive waterworks, have a heart to heart and offer your ‘maid the option to opt out. This may not be the right role for her right now…

7. Cat Fights.

Groups of friends who’ve known each other for many years usually have a whole lot of history that comes with them. Between passive-aggressive remarks, rivalries, and rocky relationships, a host of problems can arise. As the bride, choose to bow out as much as possible, giving the girls time to work it out on their own time.

8. Manual Labor.

Being a bridesmaid comes with a lot of responsibilities. Between addressing envelopes, DIYs, going to dress fittings, and planning events, it’s not uncommon for ‘maids to feel overwhelmed. If possible, try to limit the amount of work you dole out. Your crew should feel honored, but never taken advantage of. When the tasks become too numerous, ask a trusted friend or family member to assist and give your girls a break.

This may come as a surprise, but there’s NO rule saying your wedding has to include dinner and dancing. Busting a move might feed a little odd at a mid-morning brunch reception or if your celebration is super intimate, for example. Or, maybe you and your spouse-to-be just aren’t that into dancing. That’s totally OK!  There are plenty of other entertainment options to consider for your big day.

Before we get started, here are a few tips. First, pick activities based on you and your guests’ preferences and personalities and your wedding style. If you’ve got a fun-loving crowd that likes to be a little silly (and a group of actual kids to entertain), fun games and activities could be the perfect fit! More formal affairs call for a different kind of entertainment. And don’t forget that just because you don’t want dancing doesn’t mean you can skip music altogether. Can you imagine how awkward a silent reception hall would be? Just let your band or DJ know that you want more low-key tunes, and don’t set up a dance floor. Your guests will get the picture. Swap out the dance floor for one of these other fun forms of entertainment:

 

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Set up a photo booth.

This is one trend we’ll never get sick of! Guests love taking pictures and having something to take home with them at the end of the night. Plus, while renting a photo booth is fun and easy, you can also get your DIY on and create your own with a real festive backdrop.

Hire an artist caricaturist.

Guests will be lining up to having their picture sketched by a professional. Ask the artist to add your monogram or another design from your big day design, and then the drawings can double as a favor, too! Um, hooray for crossing THAT off your to-do list. Have a lot of artsy friends? Let them step in and do the painting for a fun twist.

Play lawn games.

Let your inner child shine by setting up croquet, cornhole or a volleyball net at your wedding. Not having an outdoor affair? Classic board games are always a hit!

Pick a cool musical performance.

If you’re still feeling that itch for music, find a more low-key way to bring in the beat. But have fun with it! Find dueling pianos, a mariachi band, a barbershop quartet or reach out to your favorite singer-songwriter. Hey, it never hurts to ask!

Create an arcade.

If you’re going for that old-school vibe, rent classic table games, like ping pong, foosball, and billiards, and some games you’d find in a retro arcade (think pinball, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong). You could create a little lounge to house the games if you’re hoping to keep all the beeping noises and cheering away from the dining area.

Let your food and drink double as entertainment.

Why not make dinner more fun by bringing in food trucks? Dessert can be made more memorable with a DIY station for sundaes (or waffles or s’mores or cheesecakes…the options are endless!). As for drinks, consider hiring a mixologist to concoct cool drinks or a sommelier to lead a wine tasting.

Give your party a theme.

Remember how fun those themed college parties were? You’d dress up with all your friends and party on. Get creative and come up with a motif that calls for unusual (in a good way) activities and costumes. Having a carnival-themed wedding? You’ll have no shortage of games and activities to choose from, and your decor will be extraordinary. Guests definitely won’t want to leave a casino-themed reception at the end of the night. Talk to your partner about what kinds of things you’re both into…and have fun with it!

While you do want to show your guests a good time, entertainment is NOT something to stress about! Count on good conversations (and maybe a few adult beverages) to create a fun atmosphere. No matter what, your nearest and dearest will have a great time celebrating your marriage with you.

 

It happens sometimes… a falling out with a friend or family member. But when things have gotten too hot to handle with someone you’ve invited to the wedding as a guest, is it ever okay to go back on an invitation? If you’ve sent the Save the Date, received the RVSP, and now you’re not sure you want the person at your big day, what’s a someone to do? We’ve got a few tips for navigating these tough questions when relationships change.

 

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1. Think Long and Hard.

While your relationship with this person may have recently changed – and dramatically – there was something that made them very important to you only a short time ago. Are the events of recent days so traumatic that you would like to formally reject their presence at your wedding? Remember that your nuptials are a once-in-a-lifetime event, and if that person isn’t present on your big day, there isn’t a do-over. Be sure your decision is lasting and final before moving forward with a change of heart.

2. Consult with Your Trusted Few.

We all have a tendency to make impulsive decisions, and with the stress and anxiety of planning a wedding, it’s common for tensions to run high. Avoid gossiping about the person you are arguing with, but do take solace in the advice of close friends or family. Explain to them how the events have made you feel, and ask what they would do in your shoes. Weigh their opinions carefully, take time to think it over, and then proceed with caution.

3. Attempt to Talk It Out. 

If the person who has wronged you is a much loved friend or a family member, it’s almost always worth trying to salvage the relationship. Take some time to gather your thoughts, and once you are calm, approach them delicately and discuss how you are feeling. See if the two of you can come to some sort of resolution on your own before you decide to cut them out of the wedding.

4. Be True To Yourself.

In the event that you do decide to move forward with an “un-invitation” remember to have the poise and class that will make you proud of your behavior long into the future. Do not turn this into an opportunity to explain how the person has wronged you, simply state your decision and stick with it. And most importantly – this is not a time for email or text. If you’re brave enough to rescind on an invitation, you need to be brave enough to handle it face-to-face, or at the very least – over the phone.

 

Wait! Before you say yes to that beautiful dress, there are some super important factors you need to consider…

Here are few questions you’ve gotta ask prior to purchasing your big day gown.

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1. Will this dress be appropriate for the season?

Make sure to consider your wedding date when picking out the dress. You might fall absolutely in love with a dramatic brocade number, but if you’re getting married in the summer, will you wilt? (Probably.)

2. Is this dress practical?

Will you be able to move on your wedding day? Remember you’ll need to gracefully walk down the aisle in this gown! If you’re into dancing, you’ll also want to make sure it doesn’t limit your moves.

3. What additional accessories will I need to purchase to accent this dress?

For budget and planning purposes, it’s important to consider your accessories before you buy the dress. Does it need a lot? Or a little?

4. Are alterations included in the dress price? And if not, does the salon offer alterations or will you need a seamstress?

If the cost of alterations isn’t included in the gown price, you’ll need to make sure to factor the extra costs into your dress budget. You’ll also want to make sure you can find a reputable seamstress to make the alterations if your salon doesn’t offer the service at all.

5. How trustworthy is the bridal salon you intend to purchase from?

Before you make any purchases, read reviews of the salon online. You’ll want to make sure they don’t have a bad track record before putting any money down.

6. When will my dress arrive?

Make sure that your dress will arrive with plenty of time for alterations before your big day.

7. How many fittings will I need to get this dress perfect?

Are you planning to make any major changes to the dress? If so, make sure you determine how many fittings you’ll need to get it right so you can schedule accordingly.

8. Are their any upcoming promotions or sales that the salon is offering?

Ask your bridal salon if they have any upcoming trunk shows or clearance events, or if they know of any special promotions on the dress you’re looking at. If you have time to wait for a sale, you could save some serious cash.

9. What is the return policy on the dress?

Hopefully you won’t need to return the dress, but if something goes wrong or you change your mind, you’ll want to know what the return policy is!

 

When it comes to your budget, chances are a big portion of it will be spent on food and drinks for you big day. You’ll likely spend anywhere from a third to a half of your funds on catering, so it’s essential that you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Food, taste, presentation, and service all matter and help make your wedding as memorable as possible (for all the right reasons). Before you commit to a caterer, be sure you’re satisfied with their responses to these 11 questions.

 

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1. Can you work with our budget?

You need to ask caterers if your budget is a match for what they can provide. Couples should be asking this because sometimes they start their search by contacting caterers that are never going to fit within their budget. Getting the money question out of the way up front helps you narrow down your list to caterers who you can realistically hire. If they’re more than you can afford, then move on and look for a caterer who can work with your budget and your food vision. For example, while you may not be able to afford a formal sit down dinner, your caterer might be able to offer you a reasonably priced alternative.

2. What’s in the contract?

Sure, contracts seem boring, but they’re a very important detail. They outline everything you will and won’t get and how much everything will cost. Be sure that you understand everything listed in the contract and ask for clarification if needed. The contract should outline deadlines for the final guest count and when payments are due, as well as fees for last minute changes. Understand how many cocktails you’ll get for cocktial hour, what desserts you’ll have beyond cake, and the alcohol situation.

3. What fees do you consider to be extra?

Not all services are included in the base rate so be sure to ask your potential caterer what extra fees may be tacked onto your tab, such as corkage fees if you’re providing your own alcohol or a cake cutting fee for cake baked by an outside baker. Sometimes these fees are negotiable but most of the time, they’re not. Still, you need to know what’s expected so you’re not surprised when you get the bill. That would NOT be a welcome wedding present!

4. Have you ever catered at our wedding venue?

It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s a definite bonus if your caterer has previously worked at your venue. They’ll know the ins and outs of the space and may know the venue staff and site guidelines. They will be familiar with the venue policies, the load-in and load-out procedures, the best floor plans, and the workspace setup. The knowledge will allow them to focus on preparing and executing your delicious food.

5. Where will the food be prepared?

Depending on where your wedding is, there may or may not be a kitchen or cooking facilities on site. That’s why you need to ask if the food is prepared at the venue or if it will be cooked prior to the reception. Will there be additional fees for setting up a kitchen on site.

6. Can we speak to previous clients?

This is an important question to ask of almost every wedding vendor. Get at least two references from couples who had similar guest counts and menu styles. Speaking with previous clients is the best way to really get a feel for the attentiveness, expertise, and overall personality of the caterer. It’s also a good idea to check online reviews for the caterers.

7. Can we attend a tasting?

Before you decide what’s on the menu, you want to sample the caterer’s cuisine. Ask them if you can have a tasting before booking. Some caterers do group tastings for you and other couples to get a preview of the style they offer; while other caterers offer specific custom menu tastings for each couple based on what you’d like for your wedding.

8. Who will be working our wedding?

You need to find out about the staff working your event. How many servers will be at the reception? Will your catering manager be your on-site point-of-contact or will someone else be filling in?

9. Can we customise our menu?

Be sure to ask if your caterer will allow you to customise the menu. Many catering companies offer standard menus but often they’ll do something different if you request it. Trust in your caterer as the expert. If they deter you from certain things, it’s probably because they have tried them before and would not recommend them for your occasion. But don’t be afraid to speak up if you have a family recipe or favorite food you really want to include in the feast. You’ll never know if you don’t ask!

10. Can you accommodate any special requests?

These days menus aren’t just chicken, meat, and fish. Ask if your caterer can handle special requests like nut-free, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Most caterers can handle menus with dietary preferences if you make the request well in advance of the wedding. Make sure you know about any of your guests’ allergies so you can ask all the proper questions up front.

11. Are you licensed and insured?

Check to make sure your caterer is licensed and insured. It’s a basic thing that marks the difference between an amateur caterer and a true professional. This will protect you and your guests, should anything occur during or after your event realted to food. Also ask the venue what insurance requirements they have for caterers.

 

Agreeing to be a bridesmaid or maid of honour is no small task: depending on the size of the wedding and the bride’s expectations, you may have a lot of pre-wedding and day-of responsibilities or maybe you’ll just have a handful of parties to attend (lucky you). It’s important to be informed before you dive into the role of bridesmaid, so read on to discover everything that might be asked of you if you agree to take on the challenge.

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1. Buying a dress and accessories.
While the bride will typically pay for your bouquet and, in some cases, your hair and makeup, you’ll be expected to buy your own bridesmaid dress. Ditto for accessories and shoes.

2. General pre-wedding help.
This could include making favours, helping out with DIY projects, hand-writing names on place cards, shopping for dresses and decor with the bride, and anything else she might need before the big day.

3. Planning and attending the bridal shower.
Planning the bridal shower doesn’t always fall on the shoulders of a bridesmaid — a mom, sister, cousin, aunt, or non-bridesmaid friend might take the lead — but don’t be surprised if this task lands on your plate. You’ll also be expected to attend, but if you can’t make it (a situation that is highly likely if your friend lives in a different city), that’s OK.

4. Planning and attending the bachelorette party.
While the maid of honor will usually take the lead on planning the bachelorette party, you’ll be expected to help generate ideas, chip in to pay for the event, and to attend the event itself. (However, speak up if what the MOH is envisioning is out of your budget and don’t feel obliged to attend if it’s not financially possible.)

5. Keeping the bride calm, cool, and collected.
On her wedding day, the bride may be stressed out or panicky. The bridesmaids typically help keep her calm by liaising with the wedding planner, vendors, family, and guests, and taking care of anything else she might need. (Pre-wedding mimosas, anyone?)

6. Assisting the bride at the ceremony.
The maid of honour or bridesmaids are often asked to help the flower girl or ring bearer down the aisle, witness the signing of the marriage certificate, hold one or both of the wedding rings, and hold the bride’s bouquet.

7. Making a speech.
Not every bridesmaid will be asked to make a speech, but if you’re particularly close to the bride, you might ask if you can say a few words about your friendship; she’ll be touched.

8. Helping the bride use the bathroom on her wedding day.
Most wedding gowns are long and heavy — meaning it’s difficult to use the bathroom on your own. Be prepared to help the bride bustle and un-bustle her gown, and hold it up while she uses the restroom.

Whether you’re the bride or a potential bridesmaid, the best thing you can do for each other is talk through the items on this list before anyone commits to being in the wedding. If you’re all on the same page about responsibilities and expectations, wedding planning will be much easier for everyone.

Bridesmaid style isn’t what it used to be and that’s a REAL good thing in our book. Gone are the days of lovely ladies wearing the same exact dress (often featuring ruffles and shiny fabric, of course). Now brides are making sure their girls look and feel great on the big day by having their ‘maids rock different bridesmaid dresses in styles that fit their bodies AND their personalities. And while we’re really loving this mismatched trend, if it’s not done right, it can end up looking really disjointed. Here’s five tips to make sure you nail it.

 

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1. Choose a colour, switch up the styles:

To make sure your girls look good together, don’t have too many competing features on display. You need at least one unifying element, so pick a colour and then let your ‘maids choose their neckline or skirt style. Having too many things going on will just make for a confused ensemble!

2. Pick the perfect palette:

Can’t pick just one colour? Not a problem. If you find yourself drawn to multiple colours, opt to have your bridesmaids rock dresses in complementary tones. Hone in on a few harmonious hues to keep things looking chic and cohesive, and stick to a blend of just two or three colours so there’s not too much going on. If you pick one fabric as the base of your ladies’ look, it will help tie the look together.

3. Have fun with fabrics:

Love lace, chiffon, and beads? Then consider having a mix of ALL your favourite fabrics. Just make sure you think about what kind of fabrics will photograph well together. If the texture of each dress’ material are too drastically different, they might have a negative impact on your big day photos! So bring a camera with you to the store and make sure you see the dresses together in natural light to see how they play off of each other.

4. Keep the length of the dresses the same:

When you’re putting together different colours and fabrics, it can be challenging to create a cohesive look. One way to make sure your ‘maids match? Sticking to one length. If your wedding party is wearing dresses with different hem lengths, they might not look like they go together.

5. Don’t give your girls too many choices:

Before you bring your bridesmaids to look at dresses, make an appointment to go through all your options. Pick out the dresses and the details (necklines, colours, fabrics) you want to include in your lineup of ladies. Then, let them choose their style from that pre-selected group of dresses. This will definitely help prevent a lot of potential confusion and conflict.

Creating a wedding budget is one of the most stressful aspects of wedding planning. Talking money can leave you feeling frustrated and burned-out just a few weeks into your engagement. To help you navigate this part of the process, we’ve put together some tips for creating your wedding budget without ever threatening to just call the whole thing off and elope. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

 

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Figure out what sort of wedding you want to have.

You don’t have to get super detailed here, but it helps to go through the major elements of the day, like location, season, type of venue, photography, approximate guest count, entertainment, and food, and think about what you really want for each item. As you do so, figure out what’s most important to each you. Is being married on the beach more important than having your extended family there? Would you rather have great food or a great band? This is also a good time to ask your families what they envision for your big day. What relatives and friends do they want to invite? Do they have strong feelings about any other parts of the wedding in particular?

 

Estimate what you and your partner and your families can reasonably contribute to the cost of your day.

Maybe you already know what your parents can contribute, or perhaps you know they won’t be paying for anything. In any case, it helps to have a ballpark figure in your head as you being your initial research. So set up a time to talk to your parents and once you know their number, sit down with your partner to discuss how much you can comfortably put towards the big day.

 

Do some research.

Starting with the basic elements you and your partner decided were important, figure out what it would cost to have that wedding. Is it reasonable? If not, go back to the drawing board and see what you can adjust to make it work. Would you be willing to get married on a Sunday in order to book your dream photographer? Can you try a different location if it meant you could afford to feed 250 people?

The research phase is one of the most time-consuming aspects of creating your budget because it plays a crucial role in determining where you’ll be able to spend your money. As you start digging a little deeper and asking very specific questions about your ideal venue (particularly with regard to catering, decor, lighting, and rentals), you’ll uncover any additional costs you might need to think about. Give yourself time to work through it all; it can take a few weeks to gather the information from all your potential venues and vendors and then re-think what kind of wedding you want to have. We recommend figuring out what your wedding would look like at three different price points, or figuring out three ways your wedding could look at the same price point. It’s important to stay flexible until you sign on the dotted line.

 

Talk to your families about what you’re thinking.

If your parents are paying for part (or all) of the wedding, they will probably want to have a say in any big ticket items. So once you’ve done your research, go back and get their input. Be willing to compromise and negotiate. We recommend telling them what sort of wedding you’re hoping to have and what it will cost based on your research. This is where it’s really helpful to have three different venue examples to show them. Then if they say, “There’s no way a venue should cost $10,000” you can say, “Well, here’s what a $5000 venue looks like…are you OK with it?”

 

Decide who will pay for what.

There a lot of items that need to be factored into your budget, so it’s very important to know who is covering what before you get too far along. If your entire wishlist can be covered by the overall budget, you’re all set. Hooray! But if not, you need to decide what you and your partner are comfortable paying for out of your own pocket — like your attire, your hair and makeup, or gifts for your bridal party — and what you’d like to have your parents pay for. If they can only contribute a certain number, it might make sense to ask them to cover something specific, like the videographer or band, rather than just accepting cash. If you take that route, consider removing those items from your budget spreadsheet so you can just focus on how much you as a couple will need to bring to the table.

 

Make your actual wedding budget.

Create a spreadsheet and enter all the aspects of a wedding you plan to include, followed by your estimated allocations for each. Under each main category, list all the items that are included in that budget and give each a dollar amount. Then add a line for miscellaneous items and additional fees and factor in an extra $100-$500 for each category to account for unforeseen costs. As you finalise the budget, you’ll realise where you might need to reduce what you hoped to spend, where you can redistribute the money, and where you can save. Don’t be surprised if you have to revisit your budget and renegotiate the breakdown several times during your planning process.

Once you’ve created your spreadsheet, you can officially say you have a wedding budget! From there, determine how exactly you’ll pay and whether or not you need a monthly savings plan. Then start booking vendors and making deposits!

Feeling overwhelmed? Yeah, we feel you. Our best advice is to remember that your wedding budget and major wedding decisions will likely be a moving target for a few weeks. Keep in mind that having to re-think your original vision is totally normal, and that you will get through it and be well on your way to planning a wedding that will do you and your partner proud.

 

The time has come and the morning of your wedding day is finally here! How is there somehow STILL so much to be done? To avoid getting lost in the shuffle of the wedding day morning, we’ve streamlined a few tips to help you relax and ENJOY the moments before the day starts.

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1. Order breakfast. 

Do you and your bridesmaids have a favourite cafe? Consider ordering breakfast so that it’s there in time for when everyone arrives. Or, if you’re in a hotel, consider ordering room service. You don’t want any hungry bridesmaids while you’re trying to get ready.

2. Plan the order.

With any luck, your makeup artist, photographer, and hairstylist will arrive right on time. Plan the order of who will be getting hair and/or makeup first, and communicate the plan to all of the girls. That way, all parties involved should be there on time and ready to get the show on the road.

3. Delegate. 

Even though the bachelorette party and bridal shower are over, make sure to designate one last (very fun) responsibility to your MOH or another bridesmaid – someone has to be in charge of keeping mimosas and water flowing! Choose your most expert bottle-popping friend and pour away (within reason, of course).

4. Create a playlist! 

Make sure to save a selection of your favourite jams – those that make you happy, the ones that make you laugh, and maybe a few sappy ones thrown in there too. Just be sure not to get TOO sentimental! You don’t want to be crying through your mascara application.

5. Organise your accessories. 

The last thing you need is to be stressing about where you put your something blue, or your grandmother’s diamond necklace. Keep your accessories in one organised place so that they’re easily accessible when you’re putting on the final touches.

6. Pack your favourite makeup.

Your makeup artist will come armed with an arsenal of makeup supplies, but they may not have that “oh-so-perfect” shade of lipstick you discovered last season. Pack a small bag of your favourites to use with the makeup artist, or carry in a clutch at the after-party.

7. Email everyone the game plan.

The arrival time, the hair and makeup schedule, the person in charge of champagne, etc etc etc. Emailing this ahead of time will help everyone stay organised and on the ball – leaving less time for stress and more time for fun!

8. Relax and ENJOY! 

After countless hours of planning and preparation, not to mention waiting your whole life to finally join forces with your favourite person forever – make sure you take the time to enjoy it! It’s easy to be nervous or stressed out on your big day, but do your best to put that aside. Breathe deeply, share a laugh, and enjoy this moment.