5 Hidden Wedding Expenses to Keep in Mind

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Most couples have the best intentions when it comes to sticking to their wedding budget. However, even the most scrupulous spender can be blindsided by hidden wedding expenses like tips, taxes, and hidden fees. Read on to learn about some common hidden wedding expenses and what you can do to ensure you don’t let them blow your budget!

1. Postage

When it comes to wedding invites, most couples focus on finding a beautiful design that reflects their wedding theme. However, it is important to consider the weight and size of the invitations you choose, as both invites weighing in over one ounce and square shaped invites require additional postage. It may not seem like a big cost, but postage prices can quickly add up to a few hundred dollars if you are not careful. Be sure to keep this hidden wedding expense in mind as you choose the perfect invites for your special day!

2. Tips & Taxes

When you are getting quotes from caterers, staffing companies, DJs, makeup artists and other wedding day vendors be sure to check if the contracts include taxes and gratuity. Some vendors automatically factor tip and tax into the price, however, some do not, and this is an easy way to go over budget without even knowing that you are doing so.

3. Dress Alterations

Have you found the perfect dress for your big day? Congratulations! When making the purchase, it is important to keep in mind that the majority of wedding dress retailers do not incorporate dress alterations into the dress price, and these alterations can be quite time consuming and costly. If you think your dress is going to need last minute alterations, be sure to ask the retailer what it will cost up front. This will keep you from having this hidden wedding expense surprise you at the last minute.

4. Venue Setup and Cleanup Fees

Be sure to carefully review your wedding venue contract to see if setup and takedown fees are included in the overall price. This can vary based on the venue you book. For instance, full-service venues do not charge for services like garbage removal and clean up, but if your venue is not full-service this may be an added fee. Even full-service venues typically require setup and takedown to occur on the same day of the wedding. This can mean extra fees for early setup or a late night clean up after an extra long reception that goes past midnight.

5. Last-Minute Wedding Expenses

Couples tend to remember the most obvious details of wedding planning such as hiring a caterer, purchasing a cake, hiring a DJ and finding the perfect attire when it comes to planning their special day (check out our favorite wedding splurges). However, often times the smaller details like party favors, wedding send off ideas, and even the marriage license get overlooked until the last minute. These last-minute expenses, although not typically high-cost items, can still throw off your budget if they are saved until the very end of your planning when your budget is most likely already stretched to its limit. Be sure to research prices and budget for these smaller items at the beginning of your planning process to avoid being blindsided by them at the end of your planning process.

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