When budgeting for your big day, it’s easy to think about the obvious – venue, food, dresses and suits, and flowers. However with so many balls to juggle for one special time, the smaller expenses may be overshadowed.
It may seem like a tedious task, but budgeting is an essential part of the plan. To put it lightly, so many feathers can potentially be ruffled when it comes to finances.
Our friends over at WeddingWire made some great suggestions on the expenses that couples may forget when planning their wedding day, which include:
The United States Post Office has a lot of different postage rules for the weight, size and the envelope shape. Take it from the pros, mock-up a sample of your save-the-dates and invitations and take it to your local post office to weigh first. It may mean that those square envelopes aren’t worth the extra postage to you.
I have never known a bride who found a wedding dress that didn’t need alterations. Besides the custom work that may be requested, basic alternations around the bust, waist or length are usually always a must. While most bridal consultants usually prep you for this, you might miss it. Don’t be shocked to spend at least a few hundred dollars on alterations – just for the wedding dress. Don’t forget the bridesmaids and mothers, too!
Cake-cutting and Corkage Fees
It’s true, some venues charge cake-cutting and corkage fees. Are you shocked? Yes, it’s true. So maybe you might want to consider having cupcakes instead and no wine or champagne. Or, better yet, head on over to Gorge-ous Weddings at Wind Mountain Ranch! We keep it simple here and don’t charge hidden fees.
Most people would say tipping your vendors is a must. Do your research. See what the going rate is in your area and talk with your vendors about what they expect.
Bridesmaid, Groomsmen and Parents’ Gifts
Wedding party gifts can vary in cost. It’s really up to the couple. But, if you have a big wedding party, or if you have a lot of people who are helping out that you want to thank with a small token of your appreciation, be sure to outline the people, type of gift and a budget to stay on track.
Rentals can cost a fortune if you aren’t careful. Sometimes venues are bare bones and you have to source everything from plates and glasses to tables and chairs. Thinking back when I got married, we had to shave thousands of dollars off our rental wish list. You read that clearly – thousands! Be prepared for sticker shock.
Hair and Makeup Trials
We’ve all been there – at some point or another, you visited the salon and come out disappointed, and worse, even crying. Avoid potential frustration by carefully planning what you want, discuss it with your hair stylist or makeup artist, and spend the extra cash to do a trial a week or two ahead of schedule. It’s well worth it.
So, how can you be sure you aren’t missing any of the small costs? Take a mental note about each phase of your wedding, from the rehearsal dinner, to the morning prep, to the big event, and even the morning after. Research what other couples forgot and start making your (long) list. It pays off in the end.
Tell us, what wedding expenses do people forget about?