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The Most Forgotten Items You Must Include in Your Wedding Budget

Planning for a wedding takes a lot of time as there are so many different areas that need attention: booking a venue, buying a wedding dress, ordering food, selecting a band, etc. Even if you have a checklist, there are bound to be a few items that are inevitably left out so we thought it would be a great idea to make a list of the items that are most often forgotten about and thus are left out of the wedding budget.

Clothes and Accessories

Extra Pair of Shoes

Jewelry and Accessories

Special Underwear for Your Wedding Dress

Head Piece, Bouquet and Flowers for the Bride and Fathers (can be made by the same florist)

Lingerie for the Wedding Night

Extra Outfits for Other Events (Shabbat chattan, bridal showers, henna party, etc.)

Dry Cleaning

Wedding Day Emergency Kit


Wedding Services

Hair, Nails and Waxing

Make-up Trial

Hairdo Trial


Rabanut (This is the organization that registers you as a couple and assigns a Rabbi for the ceremony when you have your wedding in Israel)


Hotel for Wedding Night

Tips/Tipping: This one is big. Generally, if vendors own the business you aren’t required to tip unless the service was amazing and you want to because every penny goes to them. However, if your vendor works for a company, then you should tip them. To be clear – if you hire XYZ DJs and they send you Bob, who works for them, you should tip Bob, but if you hire Joe from Joe’s DJ and he’s a one-man operation, you don’t have to tip. You may also want to tip the Rabbi, make-up artist, venue coordinator, drivers, etc.


Gift Baskets for Your Guests

Donation to Synagogue for Shabbat Chattan and Kiddush

Gift for Shabbat Dinner/Lunch

Parking at Wedding Venue and Other Receptions

Venues and Vendors Cancellation Fees (in case you change your mind about any of them)

Postage for Invitations and Thank You Notes (plan a bigger budget if you are sending overseas)

If you want to have a photo album with pictures from the day or want to put some beautiful portraits in your house, then you should add the cost of printing pictures to your budget as this is usually not included in your photographer’s deal.


As you can see, there can be quite a few items left out off your wedding planning budget. This means that if you happen to see some items that you have forgotten to include in your wedding budget then you might have to do a little bit of financial rearranging so that your budget is able to accommodate all of your wedding needs.

NOTE: Some of the forgotten items are related to having your wedding in Israel. Israel is not only one of the most beautiful places to have your wedding, it is also becoming one of the most popular places for a destination wedding. If you are still looking for a wedding venue, know that you can contact a Monica Cohenca – Weddings and Events who can help you with any questions you may currently have about what it would take to have a wedding in Israel.