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What Did You Forget?

Alyssa McClure - April 25, 2015

When you sit down and think about allocating your wedding budget, you always remember major items: vendors, apparel, invitations, etc. As both a bride and a wedding professional, I can say with confidence that you left some things off your list. I'm not sure I've ever met a bride who didn't end up going over her original budget, and it's because of all the little things that pile up at the end. Let's talk about a few of the things you won't find on any wedding checklist, so you can plan your budget with more accuracy and organize your wedding with less stress.

Apparel Accessories

I'm not talking about the $300 sash you added to your gown. There are aspects of perfecting your ensemble (and your bridal party's) that most brides didn't even know existed pre-engagement. Here are just a few.

Veil Weights: If you are going to be outside at all on your wedding day, veil weights are a must-have. They are designed to look like gems or pears, and they magnetically attach to the bottom of your veil. This will make sure your veil isn't flying into your maid of honor's face throughout your entire picture session.

Heel Caps: Again, this one is for outdoor brides. Heel caps are clear, plastic protectors that go on the points of your high heels. They allow you to walk on any terrain without your shoes sinking into the ground and becoming ruined. Not only do they protect your shoes from stains, but it will also allow you to walk easier making your candid photos look beautiful.

Undergarments: If you want to wear lingerie under your dress, go for it. However, in my opinion, it's not a great decision. Lingerie is meant to be worn for short periods of time, and you will be in your dress for at least 8 hours. Buy different, more comfortable undergarments to go under your gown and change before you leave or when you arrive at your hotel. If you are lucky enough to have an excellent seamstress, ask her to sew a bra into the dress. You will still have to buy the bra, but it will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible and never have to worry about anything poking out of your bodice.

Shoe Pads: Absolutely 100% required if you are wearing heels all night. You want padding in your shoes. When you are uncomfortable, it shows in your pictures. I'm not saying these are magic and will make 8 hours in heels feel like walking barefoot on a floor of pillows, but they will help you last all night without being miserable.


Bridal Party: It is expected to give a gift to your bridal party. Many brides choose to give their bridesmaids jewelry for the wedding day as gifts, and some choose to give an additional present. Of course, groomsmen gifts are paid for by the groom, but if you are paying for the wedding together, it is important to budget for both. Get on Pinterest and Etsy; there are thousands of creative ideas for gifts. It doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant, but a small gift will make your bridal party feel appreciated.

Attendants/Performers: It's not necessarily required to get gifts for your ushers or musicians. It is, however, important to include them in your florist's count. Men should have boutonnieres, and women should have corsages. This lets other guests know these people played a special part in your big day. This goes for the officiant, pianist, readers, guest book attendants, etc.


Table Numbers: You need table numbers, especially if you have assigned seating. These can be as simple or elaborate as you want, but chances are they are going to add a small amount to your budget.

Place Cards: Again, these are for brides who will have assigned seats. Even if you hand-write them yourself, you are still going to have to spend some money on the cards. This is only a small piece of the budget, but still important to remember.

Exit Props: There are so many ways you can make your exit beautiful and exciting. Many brides are now foregoing the traditional birdseed for sparklers, sprinkles, confetti, sky lanterns, or even bubbles. Whatever you do, remember that the cost should be part of your budget.

These are just a few of the little things that can drag unsuspecting brides over their desired budget. Look out for future blogs with even more detailed items, and don't forget to learn how to set your wedding budget in 7 steps! The best way to alleviate stress is to know what to expect, and we hope to help you at Bridal Blueprint. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter We'll be back with another blog soon, but until then, we wish you a week full of fun, love, and happy wedding planning!

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