Keep your wedding budget and planning on track with this definitive guide to all the things you may need to pay for and do...


The Wedding Essentials

  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Ceremony location
  • Reception venue
  • Guest list
  • Engagement photos
  • Register on wedding planner website (The Knot, mywedding, WeddingWire)
  • Set a wedding budget
  • Form a spending plan

Wedding Detail


  • Save-the-date cards
  • Invitations
  • Map/direction cards
  • Reply cards
  • Ceremony cards
  • Postage
  • Newspaper announcement
  • Thank you notes
  • Rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Bachelor and Bridal party invitations
  • Wedding programs
  • Address labels


  • Gown, veil, jewelry, accessories
  • Bridal shoes
  • Shoes for reception
  • Bridesmaid dresses
  • Groom's tux
  • Groomsmen tuxes
  • Pocket handkerchief
  • Cufflinks
  • Garters
  • Alterations
  • Children's apparel (flower girl, ring bearer)
  • Gown preservation
  • Dress for Rehearsal Dinner


  • Clergy/officiant
  • Location fee
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage certificate
  • Rehearsal arrangements
  • Hairdresser/makeup artist
  • Chair/pew rental
  • Chair/pew decorations
  • Ring bearer pillow
  • Unity candle
  • Ushers
  • Transportation
  • Rice/rose petals/bubbles


  • Brides bouquet
  • Bridesmaids bouquets
  • Corsages
  • Boutonniere
  • Reception centerpieces
  • Pew/chair bows
  • Flower girls' flowers


  • Venue
  • Deposit
  • Caterer
  • Musician/DJ/Band
  • Wedding cake
  • Table decorations
  • Other decorations
  • Table linens
  • Chair covers
  • Parking
  • Gratuities
  • Limousine
  • Child-care
  • Guest-lodging

Gifts & Favors

  • Gift for fiance(e)
  • Guest favors
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • Groomsmen gifts
  • Hotel Guest Welcome Bags


  • Wedding party portraits
  • Reception
  • Ceremony
  • Videography
  • Family portraits


  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Rental car
  • Entertainment
  • Spending money

And Don't Forget

  • Social Security card
  • Driver's license
  • Order new checks, credit, debit and ATM cards
  • Designate beneficiary on bank accounts, retirement accounts, and insurance policies
  • Update name with alumni associations, professional memberships, subscriptions, social media accounts, and place of employment
  • Make financial plans, budgets, and goals
  • Create a will

Education Articles

  • Tax Refunds

    We love supporting your financial well-being and helping you save money. If you're expecting a refund this tax season, or any tax credit throughout the year, here are some ideas to make the most of it. Skip the mail and choose Direct Deposit. With direct deposit, your tax refund goes straight from the US Treasury into your account. That means it's quick, convenient, and accessible.

  • Your Debit Card for Daily Spending

    Why debit beats cash, checks, and credit! Accounting for nearly a third of all consumer transactions in the US, debit cards are used more than cash, checks, and credit cards. That shouldn't come as a surprise, though. While they've been popular for decades, debit cards have advanced with technology to make transactions faster, more secure, and easier to track.

  • Annual Percentage Yield

    One great reason to save money at Visions: dividends!* Your deposits in savings accounts earn a percentage back over time, and we offer excellent, competitive rates for our members. You'll notice our savings rates, including Share Certificates and Flex Money Market accounts, are always advertised with APY, or Annual Percentage Yield. You may also notice that in some instances, like our rates pages, we include the interest rate or dividend rate, too.

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