Boring costs memo to myself (wedding)

Things my parents paid for:

  • Venue hire
  • DJ hire
  • My wedding dress + hoop + alterations
  • Food and drink (wedding breakfast + reception buffet + sweet canapés from ethnic food store + non-alcoholic drinks package for daytime guests)
  • Photographer
  • Travel expenses for our qadi (Muslim lady leading our ceremony)
  • Transport hire to venue for me, bridesmaids and page boys
  • Vases
  • Flowers
  • Hostel accommodation for groom and best man the night before the wedding
  • Chair covers


Things that we paid for ourselves:

  • Favours
  • Groom’s outfit (suit + shoes)
  • Ties for the ushers
  • Braces for the page boys
  • Wedding rings
  • Table decorations
  • Invitations
  • Cards and gifts for bridal party + prize for winning team of quiz
  • Hotel for the night after the wedding for us two
  • Transport for us two to the hotel
  • Bridesmaid dresses
  • Bridal accessories (hair clips + underwear + shoes)
  • Guest book
  • Donation to the qadi’s charity of choice in lieu of payment
  • Place cards


Things we managed to nab for free:

  • Apart from our gifts and monetary donations that payed for our honeymoon…
  • Bridal hair trial + 2 makeup trials + hair trim + facial threading + on the day hair and makeup and threading touch up
  • Groom’s hair cut
  • Transport for groom and best man to the venue
  • Qadi’s services on the day including skype meeting in advance, email correspondence, marriage template and advice
  • Dance floor for reception
  • Coloured lighting for reception
  • Pet-sitting service for our piggies for the two nights following the wedding
  • Table name stands
  • Small period of live music
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