Talk about who will contribute and how much they will contribute before you come up with a budget. Make sure everyone involved is comfortable with their contribution before you start putting deposits down on anything.
When booking vendors, ask a lot of questions to find out if there are any hidden fees and to make sure you can afford the services they're offering. For example, don't agree to any upgrades (colored table linens, fancy chair covers) without first asking if they cost extra.
All of the costs of being in a wedding can add up, so you should think about how your decisions will affect your bridal party, says Francesca Abbracciamento, president of Francesca Events in New York City. At the very least, make their financial obligations clear as soon as possible and try to make choices that don't place too much burden on them.
Plan early, and factor these expenses into your budget. Your attendants are among the friends and family who mean the most to you, and you'll want everyone to feel great about your wedding day.
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