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I did some research on just how much weddings cost these days. What I discovered was that there are more things to pay for than I thought there were. First you factor in the costs of the invitations, bridal gown, tuxedo and all the accessories that go along with them. Then, there is the cost of the reception including the ballroom, wedding cake, food, décor, and entertainment. Other costs include transportation services like limousines, horse and buggies, or whatever chariot you plan to arrive at the wedding and reception in. Then, there are the costs that are easily overlooked in the beginning because they are not incurred until later in the planning process such as alterations, gifts for the bridal party, rehearsal dinners, spa and specialty services, hair, makeup, and the honeymoon. These things really add up.
All of these costs can seem totally overwhelming. So what do you do? Take a breath, and create a realistic working budget. Sit down and brainstorm every little detail you can think of that will cost you money. Make sure you include the small things like the flower girl basket, ring bearer pillow, cake cutting set, and bridal champagne glasses until you come up with a complete list. Then, assign an estimated cost to every item and tally it up. After your bottom line is figured, tack on a few (or maybe few hundred or few thousand) extra bucks for incidentals to come up with a grand total. You will not know what these incidentals are when you write your list, but you will sure be glad you accounted for them later when you need money for something you had not thought of. Finally, fine tune your list by adding or subtracting the things you can and cannot afford to create your working budget.
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