8 New Rules for Planning your Wedding Budget


Brooke Shultz Photography via Wedding Chicks

There are a few classic rules for wedding budgeting: set a total budget, cut the guest list to cut costs, and prioritize your vendors to avoid overspending on unnecessary items. As wedding planning becomes more complex, planning your wedding budget becomes equally complex.  Here are eight new items for your consideration as you check the bottom line on your own big day.

Research before you run the numbers

We all know the best way to stay on budget is to set a budget, but do you know how much the services you want will cost? I’d recommend chatting up a handful of brides or conducting a quick online search to check out what specific services cost in your area. Plenty of couples throw their budgets out of orbit on day one by budgeting what they think services would cost (or should cost) versus budgeting to account for the going rates of the wedding industry.


The Pig Pen

Set an itemized, two column budget – budget versus expenditures

It’s easy for a budget to balloon via a series of surcharges, added services, and last minute must-haves. Whether you jot it down on a piece of scratch paper or save it to a multi-page Excel spreadsheet, this side-by-side comparison kills two birds with one serious stone. First, this can serve as a major resource when you decide to book your A-team. Second, when you do go over-budget in one area, this handy dandy breakdown can help you look at areas where you may be able to neutralize the added expenses.

Ensure that each vendor contract includes a line-item explanation of charges

Adding cosmetology services, one more entrée option, hand-calligraphed wedding programs, and those adorable sparklers all have the potential to add beauty, convenience, or interest to your wedding day. They will also inevitably add to your bottom line. If you haven’t budgeted for it already, be careful what you add to your wish list. Ensure that your contract includes a line-item list of items/services provided along with cost and vendor policies. In some cases, such as floral design, your line-item contract should include a brief description. Your contract should breakdown cost per item and quantity, as well as clearly define surcharges (including delivery and strike fees, transportation/shipping/consultation fees, and taxes). If you’re adding services to a previously set contract, ask to see an updated contract before committing to an unknown expense.


Photo Credit: Rebecca Hansen (now First Mate Photography) via The Ethical Bride

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A Retro Inspired San Francisco City Hall Wedding by Christina McNeill


There’s nothing more adorable than a city hall wedding, but we think this one really takes the cake! Kristen and Ryan’s special day was a stylish and quintessential city hall wedding, from the bride’s short and sweet dress, to their San Francisco City Hall ceremony, to their adorable portraits on the sunny city streets. The whole day has a wonderfully laid-back retro vibe, which was beautifully captured by Christina McNeill.

My favorite part is the bride’s impeccably chic and timeless style. I mean, that Valentino dress! The classy veil! The patent nude pumps! Everything about it is sooooo right. I also love how there are quirky touches to their special day. The reception signage and decor is sweet and unfussy, they had a bagpiper (because why not, right?!), and even a fun dance party at the end to boot. Read on for more city hall wedding magic!








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Wedding Favor Ideas Your Guests Will Love


Tamiz Photography

The wedding favor. Typically, it’s more of a headache than anything else. It’s a ubiquitous, but often overlooked, part of the wedding reception and ceremony. In the grand scheme of things, it may seem like a minor, meaningless part of your wedding day. But the wedding favor serves a greater purpose than you might think. It helps to commemorate your special day. It can be used as a way of thanking your guests for joining you in your celebration. It serves as a keepsake for the future.

The perfect wedding favor, then, should be symbolic of your special bond and the commitment you and your fiancé have made to each other. But it should also be thoughtful, unique and indispensable–a token by which your guests can think back fondly on your big day for years to come. After all, the last thing you want is for everyone to guiltily throw away the wedding favor you put so much time and thought into.

And that’s where Wedding Party comes in. To help facilitate you in your pre-wedding day planning and preparations, we have put together this helpful list of wedding favor ideas that all of your guests are sure to love.

Check out some of our favorite wedding favor ideas below and comment to let us know what you think. Happy wedding planning!

1. Homemade Limoncello


Wedding Clan

2. Custom Printed Chocolate Bar


Totally Chocolate

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Win a custom guest book poster from Flutterbye Prints!

ThumbKins Poster lavender guestbook


***This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Tori Kinner! Please contact us at hi (at) weddingpartyapp (dot) com to claim your prize!***

If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you’ll notice we’ve been featuring some excellent Etsy wedding vendors that we absolutely love…and we’ve been giving away some of their amazing whimsical wedding goodies to boot!  Well, this week is no different. We’re super excited to introduce you all to Flutterbye Prints!

We love Flutterbye Prints for their amazingly unique and personal artistic prints that are just as perfect for your wedding day as they are for your home! Amie, the artist behind Flutterbye Prints, works hard to offer personalized artwork and high-quality prints to create completely one-of-a-kind prints for couples to cherish forever. We’re huge fans of her Personalized Wedding Guest Book Posters, which features the unique fingerprints of each couple along with their wedding info. It’s the perfect alternate guest book, and it goes without saying that it’s the perfect art piece to frame and cherish in your new home for years to come!

Love the Guest Book Poster by Flutterbye Prints? Well, it’s your lucky day because one of you lovely brides can win one 18×24 sized poster in any style for FREE (over a $100 value)! Read on to see more of these quirky & fun guest book posters, and to learn how to enter our giveaway…

Thumbkins Living Room sunshine

ThumbKins Poster Feathers sky and avocado Guestbook

ThumbKins Poster baby pink and gold

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