Photo by Bryan Blon Photography
So you’ve planned your wedding budget. That’s a good thing. But remember the fifty dollars spent here or a hundred dollars there…..that you didn’t figure into your budget….adds up!
Let’s talk about “your look” for the day. Make sure to add everything into your budget for “your look”. Take into consideration not just the dress……remember to add all of the other expenses that come into play.
Let’s just say you decided on $1500….that doesn’t mean you can buy a $1500 dress….there is tax to consider. What if you ordered it instead….there will be shipping costs involved.
And don’t forget the alterations! Many of my customers are surprised with how much alterations cost! And then you need to figure in your undergarments, nails, pedicure and jewelry as well.
Are you having your hair done by a stylist? If so, this cost needs to figure into your budget as well. And speaking of hair….what about your veil….that can be costly….so make sure to figure that into your budget.
And of course your shoes are very important! Try to stay away from buying shoes that are marketed as “bridal shoes”….instead buy a nice pair of pumps or sandals that you know you will wear in the future. Your comfort should be your only real concern…you want to enjoy your day…hurting feet will not be fun!
It’s not unusual…because it’s happen to us…to have a couple that want to include their pet in their event. I had one customer who wanted their dog to be the ring bearer.
We had a dog for 17 years…Daisy was very much a part of our family. This is why I totally can understand when a customer of ours wants to include their pet in their “special day”. Yes, we at Magnolia Court Reception Hall do allow this.
There are a few things that you must consider because even if they have gone to obedience school….they are still a pet. Below are a few tips that I suggest if you want to include your pet in your event.
Designate someone who isn’t in the bridal party to watch your pet for the day. Make sure your pet is allowed to run and play during the day…to get out as much energy as possible. We have a large field for additional parking at our facility…the perfect place for your pet to run and play. Please remember to bag any “poop”….you don’t want your guest walking in that!
Take photos of your pet before the event or even on a different day. If your pet is going to be a ring bearer, practice with your pet a few times. If your pet is going to wear a new item…like a bow tie collar or a ring pillow…put it on several times before the event…offering treats for a job well done while you practice.
Make sure your pet relieves himself right before your event…you sure don’t want an accident happening during your event.
Please remember you are dealing with an animal and anything can happen….if things don’t go quite as planned…try to laugh it off and stay relaxed.
After all, I’ve seen some crazy things happen with a child who is a flower girl or ring bearer….it just makes your wedding more personal and is always a good story to tell!
Remember…have fun! Relax! Enjoy your day!