8 things you've forgotten to put in your wedding budget

Well done for creating a wedding budget, that is a sure fire way to keep your spending in check, but we bet there are a bunch of items you haven't even considered, right? We suggest including a miscellaneous line when you make your budget which will cover all these extra unknown or forgotten payments. Here are the 8 usual suspects that miss the wedding budget cut.

Image courtesy of Image by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

Image courtesy of Image by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

Registrar 

You're getting married right? It's amazing the number of couples who forget that they have to pay to get married to cover the cost of a registrar and the paperwork involved. It varies depending on where you live but make sure you factor this cost in to your overall budget.

Postage

All those invitations you've had beautifully designed aren't just going to walk to their recipients. You need to get them stamped and sent. Sending 100 + invitations first class adds up so consider a second class stamp but do include it in your budget or you could be in for an expensive surprise. 

Beauty treatments

Pre-wedding beauty treatments should be factored in unless you've agreed they'll come from another budget. You want to look your best on the day and that can include everything from a manicure to waxing or even a massage to rub away those last minute stresses. 

Sustenance

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Weddings are long days and chances are you won't eat much of the meal you've so lovingly picked out for your guests but that doesn't mean you should go hungry. Now a full English might be out of the question but make sure you put something in your stomach before you get ready. The same goes for your bridal party, you don't want them passing out from hunger halfway up the aisle!

Feeding suppliers

Speaking of food, always remember to include supplier meals in your overall catering numbers. These will be at a lower cost but its important to feed the people that are working during the day as they don't have the opportunity to go and get something themselves, so unless you've otherwise agreed for them to bring a packed lunch factor in the cost of feeding your suppliers. 

Accommodation 

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Where are you staying the night before and after your wedding? If it's not your own home you need to allocate some money to cover this or include it in your honeymoon budget. Most hotels will offer something special for newlyweds so take advantage of any upgrades that come your way.

Thank you gifts

Chances are you didn't get to this day without some help, whether its a monetary contribution, practical help or emotional support, now's your chance to say thank you to your nearest and dearest. You don't have to do this on your wedding day but a present shortly after will be appreciated by your bridal party and/or close family.

Wedding dress cleaning and storage 

Once the wedding is over and your tan from your honeymoon is fading fast its time to think about what you want to do with your dress. Whether you plan to keep it, sell it or donate it you still need to get it professionally cleaned. If you're keeping the dress it's also worth investing in a suitable box to store it in.

Getting Married On A Budget

A Wedding For £5K

Welcome to the first of our getting married on a budget series. In this series we'll give you an example wedding for a set budget to show you how to make the most of your money and how much things really cost.

We're starting out with £5,000 which is 1/6 of the average budget according to 2016 research from Brides Magazine. Don't despair, if your total budget is £5,000 we've got some tips on how you can have the day of your dreams. However, we'd suggest following these two rules - keep it small and keep it simple. 

Wedding Location

Firstly let's get the legal stuff out of the way, if you get married in your local registry office or church you can do away with a high venue cost.

If you head to a local restaurant for dinner instead of an events space most will charge you a minimum spend rather than a hire fee. Keep your guest list small, by small we mean about 20 people and you can afford to feed and water people with good food and good wine.

Rent an area in a bar or a local hall for the evening and stick to a playlist if you're providing the entertainment and a cash bar for the drinks. You've already had a hot meal so go for sandwiches, crisps and other snacks for the buffet food. Enlist the help of some of your friends to make them in advance and you've got a low cost buffet that everyone will enjoy. 

Attire

Brides have never had it better for budget bridal wear, in the past couple of months alone Top Shop and Boohoo have both announced a bridal collection. This gorgeous gown from Phase Eight is only £595, and try the department stores for shoes on sale like these from Jenny Packham.

The high street is also great for bridesmaid dresses. Asos has a brilliant range and everyone knows New Look knows how to do a budget shoe.

And let's not forget the boys, back to the high street again. Next do a brilliant range in suits, you can get the whole shebang for about £200. When it comes to the best man, pick someone with a suit and they can wear their own!

Stationery

Buy off the shelf rather than getting them made. Paperchase do a great range of invitations, place cards and thank you cards. 

Flowers

Keep the bouquets and buttonholes sweet and simple and just enough to dress the tables. Always go seasonal and work with a local florist or assign a trusted member of the wedding to buy flowers beforehand and create your own bouquet, buttonholes and centrepieces. Some flowers are cheaper than others, try Baby's Breath, Roses or greenery. Flowers and foliage cost more on scale so keep the volume low.

Other bits

Keep the wedding rings cheap, you can always upgrade in the years to come. If your DIY or call in favours for your hair and make up and cake you'll save a fortune. And there is no need to splash out on a fancy wedding car, stick to taxi's, they might not look as pretty but they'll still get you to the church on time. That should leave you with a decent chunk or change for a photographer. This is a place where it's best not to skimp too much as the photos will be the keep sake of your day. 

The breakdown

Registry Office: £1000

Attire (including rings): £987

Catering for 20 people: £1550

DIY Evening Buffet: £200

Stationery: £40

Photography: £1000

Flowers: £200

Transport: £20

Total: £4997