So many brides rush out as soon as they are engaged and start buying lots of stuff for their wedding due to their excitement. Often times you will buy a lot of stuff that you simply don’t need to purchase because one of your wedding vendors may already be providing that particular item or it’s not something you really even need for your wedding. This is where a wedding planner can really come in handy and how a planner can save you money from the start. Buying lots of inexpensive items may not seem like a lot, but every little thing can add up so quickly.
Some examples I have seen in the past is brides that purchase candles and votive candle holders for their wedding when their florist is already providing these or brides that purchase cups, plates and utensils when their caterer will provide these items at no additional cost. There are some things you will need to purchase, but there is a lot of items you don’t need to waste your wedding money on when you can put that money towards something else.
Here is a list of everything you will have to go out and purchase on your own for your wedding that’s not normally covered by another wedding vendor.
Wedding Items to Purchase Checklist
- Guest book
- 2 garters – one to keep, one to toss
- Cake knife and server x 2 – one for the wedding cake, one for the groom’s cake
- Toasting glasses
- Personalized napkins for the cake tables
- Wedding dress
- Wedding shoes
- Jewelry & accessories
- Veil or hairpiece
- Hanger for wedding dress
- Wedding bands
- Save the dates
- Postage for save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Postage for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- Wedding exit “toss it” (sparklers, bubbles, confetti, etc.)
- Unity candle or sand; if desired
- Gift for the groom
- Gifts for the wedding party
- Gifts for parents
- Ring bearer pillow
- Flower girl basket
- Notecards (for thank-you notes)
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