Common Hidden Wedding Costs

  • September 22, 2017
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Hidden wedding costs can put a damper on your big day. We have listed some common hidden wedding costs to keep in mind when budgeting for your wedding so that your big day goes off without a hitch.

Are you planning your wedding budget? You are probably thinking over the cost of wedding venues, transportation, catering, and drinks.

But a wedding budget is not always simple and straightforward. When the actual event takes place, you might find some unexpected expenses you hadn’t included in your budget.

We have listed some common hidden wedding costs you should keep in mind when planning your wedding budget.

Postal Costs:

Most people email their invitations, save-the-date cards, and shower invitations. You might end up with hefty costs if your wedding mail weighs too much. Keep in mind that your RSVP envelopes need stamps as well.

Overtime Charges:

There are no fixed hours for weddings. In many cases, wedding events can exceed the contracted hours. In this scenario, you may have to pay overtime charges for the services and wedding venue. This is why you should ask your vendors about overtime costs ahead of time and getting cost estimate in writing. Or try to create a realistic timeline that covers all the major components of your wedding celebration.

Vendor Meals:

Wedding meals are also served to the wedding professionals like photographers, band, DJ, florists and caterers. A vendor can charge you for per plate. Make sure to ask your vendor about charges for meals served at your wedding.

Using the Venue’s Chairs and Tables:

While most venues include charges for table and chairs in their fees, some unique venues may charge you separately for using their sitting arrangements. You should ask about such arrangement ahead of time.

Wine Corking or Cake Cutting Fees:

Some venues allow you to bring in your beverages and cake. However, some venues require you to use their in-house alcohol and cakes. They can charge you even if you bring in a vendor instead of using them. This is because they have to compensate for their loss. It is important to ask them about this.

These are some hidden costs you should keep in mind while preparing your wedding budget. Always ask your vendor ahead of time to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.