Wedding Budget: Plan A Wedding With Personal Touches In Chapel Hill
Managing Your Budget
No matter what your wedding budget may be, here’s a rough idea of how much Brides in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill typically spent in each “category”. Keep in mind that the numbers are not hard and fast. Some couples may, for example, choose to spend more on photography and less on flowers. It’s up to you!
- Reception: 40%
- Honeymoon: 14.5%
- Photography and videography: 10.5%
- Wedding attire: 7%
- Engagement rings and wedding bands: 6%
- Flowers: 5%
- Music: 5%
- Invitations: 2%
- Miscellaneous: 10%
Wedding budgets have a way of expanding like a balloon. Keep yours from popping (and give yourself some wiggle room for those unexpected expenses or must-haves) by reining in spending.
Budget Smart Saving Tips For Raleigh Brides!
Borrow. Did you totally love the tiara your sister wore? Borrow it for your ensemble! You can borrow jewelry (just like the stars do at Oscar time) and other accessories, honeymoon luggage (no reason to splurge on new suitcases if your parents have good stuff), vases for centerpieces (if you’re doing these yourself) and so on.
Check out Pinterest! DIY is in! If your Aunt Susan is a sewing whiz, maybe she can create a veil or even do the alterations on your Wedding Dress.
A skilled artist can create wonderful personalized invitations. A crafty pal can come up with a fun favor. An avid scrapbook-er can put together an album for you. Just tell them this is their gift to you.
Create a signature drink. If you’re tempted to save by having a cash bar, stop! Instead, cut down on liquor costs by offering one signature drink (like pitchers of a gourmet margarita’s) along with beer, soda and juices. Ice Tea and Lemonade are also favorites in Raleigh. Another idea: Buy cases of a local wine and serve just that.
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Limit the limos. It’s nice to pull up to the ceremony location in a sleek limo or classic car, but consider skipping the rides elsewhere to save money. Instead have your brother or a cousin chauffeur you and your new hubby to the reception.
Don’t go flower mad. There are plenty of ways to keep your florist bill from blossoming. The Farmer’s Market in Raleigh has tons of vendors who represent area Farms. Use Paper Lanterns! These are bright, and can be purchased on Craigslist for 1/2 of Retail. Do you have your own Greenery? This might be another way to save money on your flowers. You may be able to purchase flowers wholesale and give them to a Wedding Florist in Chapel Hill to work with or create centerpieces that use candles and just a few beautiful blooms.
A profusion of blooms looks lush and lovely, but you can get the same effect with fewer flowers than you think.
Avoid impulse buying. Got everything on your list? Then stop shopping.
If you’ve already bought your bridesmaids lovely shawls, and you see pretty handbags that would match…and sparkly earrings…put them down.
300 iPhone Pictures that are just alike are not going to make you really happy later. It’s likely everyone will be going snap-happy with their camera phones. To avoid ending up with 300 nearly identical shots, give guests a few ideas (print up a card to place on each table). Suggest one photo of each couple at the table, some goofy dance pics and a surprise shot of their choice—all to be shared later. Check out more Raleigh Wedding Photography Ideas.