Your wedding day will (hopefully) be the best day of your life. But you should get one thing straight from the start – it’s probably going to cost you. Even the smallest, most intimate and stripped down weddings end up setting you back, and it’s largely because planning a day as important as this comes with some hidden costs.
You can plan a venue, food and drink, transport, even the dress but that’s only scratching the surface. There are some big things that you should always include in your budget and a whole load more you’ve probably never even thought about. Including…
Hair and beauty
Besides the bride’s hair and makeup on the day, you might also want to think about trial runs and even a last minute contingency (things have a habit of not going to plan). Then you need to times that by all your bridesmaids and you’ll be getting close to your final figure.
A beautiful venue like those available here in Portugal is one thing, but it will always need some dressing. Think flowers and fabrics, as well as dresses (and everything that’s underneath). Then there’s the day after outfits to think about too.
On the day
It’s not just the wedding breakfast you have to shell out for. You need to keep your guests fed and watered all day. Food and drink stations, free bars, corkage – it all adds up.
Then there’s photographers, cakes and an emergency fund (especially if you’re getting married outside).
Invitations are an obvious cost but have you thought about stamps? Your honeymoon will cost you but have you renewed your passport? And after it’s all over, nothing says how much you appreciate it all than a thank you note.
It’s a lot to think about. And even more to pay for. No wonder having a wedding planner to take care of the details is becoming ever more essential.