You plan and budget like a pro for your wedding, and finally you have it all figured out…until those hidden expenses rear their ugly head. It happens to many brides, they find themselves surprised by those pesky charges that didn’t exactly make the wedding budget spreadsheet. Here are a few hidden fees you can anticipate helping you avoid last-minute shock.
You know “the one” when you see it, and it is beautiful! The price is even right for your budget. But, don’t forget that all brides are not created the same. More than likely you will need a few alterations to make it look perfect, and wedding dress alterations can get quite expensive. Be sure to account for last minute tweaks too! Brides have been known to gain or lose a few pounds right before the big day.
If you are dreaming of sitting around and getting pampered all day before you walk down the aisle, maybe you have already hired a hair and makeup specialist and planned for this expense. But, if you have not pre-arranged these details, you may be surprised to find that beauty expenses such as hair, make-up, nails, and waxing will add up fast. You want to look your best when you make your grand appearance, and of course for all your photos!
Remember to add postage fees to the total cost of your invitations. It is also customary to include a pre-stamped return envelope to make it easy for guests to RSVP. So, be sure to take your postage cost and double it!
Many couples like to surprise each other with a romantic gift right before the ceremony. It is also nice to have a gift for both sets of parents on your wedding day; this is a big day for them too! Not to mention, officiant tips or gifts and something small for the wedding party is a wonderful custom to let these important people know that you appreciate their support.
Venue fees can quickly and most unexpectedly add up by the end of the night. Remember to account for taxes, gratuities for your servers and bartenders, cleanup costs, and overtime hours for the staff working so hard at your reception. Also, keep in mind that many venues will charge cake-cutting and wine corking fees for items brought in from an outside vendor.
There are many ways to keep the cost of your wedding under control when you are on a budget, just remember to give yourself some breathing room for these unexpected fees!