Unexpected Wedding Costs Brides Forget to Budget
Let’s face it sticking to a budget is very challenging when planning a wedding- especially because there are so many hidden costs. We’ve put together a list of some of the most forgot about wedding costs brides forget to budget for.
1.Your Bachelorette Party. Yes, the majority of the time your bridesmaids will pay for most of the bachelorette party for you but the trend is these parties are bigger than ever! More and more bridesmaids are planning weekend getaways and those can get expensive—especially on top of their other bridesmaids responsibilities.
2. Day of Stationery. Don’t blow your entire stationery budget on save the dates and invitations; you will also need to think about programs, escort cards, place cards, menu’s, fun bar signs and any other items you may need. Add a septette line item to your budget so you don’t forget about the day of!
3. A hotel room for the night before. If you and your bridesmaids plan on getting ready in a hotel suite, pay attention to check in/check out times. You’ll often need to book the room for two nights in order to have it the morning to get ready. If you don’t plan on staying in the room the wedding night, have one of the bridesmaids stay in that way you won’t have to rush to get out the room on your wedding day!
4. Meals on the wedding day. The wedding day will go by quickly and you will want to eat throughout the out day to stay energized for pictures and to make it thru the reception. Keeping it simple like bagels and fruit or a platter of sandwiches will go a long way and your bridesmaids will thank you.
5. Presents for Parents. You already know that you’ll need gifts for your wedding party but what about your parents. Most of the time your parents are spending a lot of money to pay for the way, you won’t want to leave them out. Remember little gestures go a long way with parents!
6. Favors. Favors can cost anywhere from $3-8 (or more) per person. Yes, you can opt out of doing favors and some guests won’t even know but if you want to do something try a candy bar or something that can be used again. See our last article on Useful Wedding Favors!
7. Day of Coordinator. This should go without saying you need help on the wedding day. Do you really want to rely on your wedding party or family members? This will cause a tremendous amount of stress on not only you but those friends and family who you asked to set up while you are enjoying getting ready. Leave it to the professionals! See our list of Wedding Planners here.
8. Vendor Meals. Some vendors will require a vendor meal per their contract but if they don’t—just remember that your photographer, videographer and coordinators will be working 8+ hours on your wedding day. They won’t have time to leave the wedding to go get food. Also, your photographer and videographer will eat when you do that way they won’t miss any part of the events that need to be captured!
9. Lighting. There are many ways to change the mood of your wedding and lighting can do just that. A simple addition of up lights can cost around $1000. Its smart to plan ahead and make adjustments later.
10. Gratuities. The general rule of thumb is that if your vendor is also the business owner, a tip is not required (though it’s always a welcome bonus). Some vendors (like venue or caterer) may already include gratuities into your quote. Some often forgotten vendors include: bartenders, servers, valets, officiants, hair and makeup and limo drivers.
If your prepare for the unexpected ahead of time, you wont be left stressed weeks before the wedding trying to come up with extra money last minute.