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Post Wedding Expenses

When budgeting for your dream wedding, be sure to think about post wedding expenses and include those costs in your budget. Many couples forget about those hidden costs and are surprised by them when they come up. Here’s our guide to post wedding expenses, and how to budget for them in advance.

Thank You Cards

Many couples opt to send thank you cards to each of their guests for the gifts they received. While Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations are considered in the initial budget, Thank You Cards are easy to forget about until after the wedding.

Save money by buying them upfront with your invitations. As an added bonus, you may be able to match your thank you cards to your overall design, giving your entire wedding stationery a cohesive look.

You can also order them online in advance, starting at $0.50 per card, and can customize them as you desire.

Wedding Thank you cards+

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Wedding Outfits – Dry Cleaning and Packaging

After the big day you’ll want to get your wedding attire dry cleaned and potentially even packaged up. Budgeting for this in advance helps not only with understanding the costs, but with planning the appointments. Whether you plan on selling or keeping your gown, it’s best to have it cleaned as soon as possible to avoid any setting stains.

If you plan on keeping your gown, it’s best to have it professionally preserved so it is much more likely to keep it’s original form and colour. Protect your beautiful gown by having it properly packaged for long term storage. There are several Preservationists in the GTA that specialize in wedding dress packaging, so do a quick search in advance and see if there are any close to you. Budget between $250 – $700 for the cleaning and preservation of the dress, and around $50 for the grooms attire.

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Wedding Album

You may want to have your wedding photos turned into a wedding album, filled with all the wonderful memories of your wedding day. Wedding photos can take some time to be finalized, but once they are in consider budgeting for the wedding album in advance.

Of course, some wedding packages come with albums, so budget accordingly. We also find that parents and grandparents enjoy copies of wedding albums that make great gifts, so even if your photography package comes with photos, consider setting some money aside for extra albums.

Through the photographer, they can cost upwards of $1000 in addition to your package. You can also opt for a DIY version for much less.

Wedding photo album+

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Broken glasses or rental items

There may be decor items such as vases, candle holders, linens and tableware that are rented for the wedding.  Accidents do happen and it is easy for you or your guest who may knock down some glasses or vases after a few drinks.  Each company have their own policies in terms of damaged rental items, so read carefully and ask questions before signing the contract.  Most companies will take a security deposit in case of broken items and will be returned to the couple after the event.  

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With an evening filled with dancing, surprise appearances and a performance by the bride herself, Michelle and Badan’s wedding was night to remember.

Before kicking off the festivities, the ceremony was set up at the Grand Luxe. The entryway boasted a beautiful tree and elegant decor.

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding entryway+

After the ceremony, the wedding party celebrated, and in style. Pictures at Graydon Hall really showcased the wedding party’s colour scheme and the fun personalities of everyone involved!

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding party+

Back at the venue, the Grand Luxe was transformed into a picture perfect location for a night filled with fun.

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding Piano+

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding Decor+

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding cake+

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding tables+

Mixing candles and the bridal party’s bouquets made for a gorgeous head table.

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding head table+

As soon as the doors opened to the reception, the party began.

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding bartender+

The wedding party entered to an epic performance, with a surprise guest: Pikachu!

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding Pikachu+

The bride herself took over the dance floor with another surprise performance!

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding bride dance+

The couple also had a Lion Dance performance.

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding lion dance+

The night began on a high note, with lots of energy and excitement felt by all, especially our couple Michelle and Badan.

Wedding Feature - Entertainment filled wedding+

All photos by Ground Glass Studio.

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Last year, we planned a Great Gatsby themed wedding for our wonderful clients, Christopher and Li Jung. The wedding took place at the Palais Royal on Lake Ontario. Here’s a feature of some of our favourite photos, all taken by Kenneth Chou.

Guests arrived to find the guest book surrounded by personal touches that really spoke to the couple’s’ personalities, especially the touching photos of family members and the artful envelop box complete with Deadpool figurines.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Guestbook and box+

Guests entered the Palais Royal’s main entrance to find their names on finely decorated cards.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Seating Cards+

The head table showcased glittery gold linens that dazzled the eye, while the golden light of the candles set the tone for the evening.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Gold place setting - head table+

Each table was marked by a candle with a glittery gold number, another Great Gatsby touch.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding table number candle+

Tables alternated with high and short centerpieces, which gave the room texture and allowed for beautiful golden stands to be seen.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Centrepieces+

Guest tables continued with the romantic colour scheme, through the deep blue linens that stood out even amongst the gold fixtures.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Tables+

The wedding cake and Ferrero Rocher® display only added more gold touches.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Wedding Cake+

Let’s not forget about the bride’s own details, staying true to her colour scheme and theme.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Wedding Shoes+

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Bridal bouquet+

In the end, the party was a grand as the couple, with entertainment and dancing the night away Great Gatsby style.

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Party, dance, wedding+

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