Hidden Wedding Budget Costs

It is the unexpected expenses that can add up and throw your wedding budget off course.

I read this article the other day that I really wanted to share with my brides in the future.


The current, January 2012, issue of Brides Magazine has a wedding budget guide that includes a list of surprise expenses that you should  be aware of.

Here are 7 “surprise” expenses from both the article and my experience, that you’ll want to be prepared for:

1) Tips

The limo driver, hairstylist, manicurist, wedding coordinator, delivery people, waiters, bartender, band or DJ and anyone else who provides services should receive tips.

2) Taxes

Most vendors will tell  brides the price of their products or services and say they are “plus tax.” Unfortunately, many brides don’t calculate how much that tax could actually be. Sales tax applies on almost everything, both products and services, and should be included in your budget.

3) Additional postage fees

If you select an invitation that is bulky or has a square or over-sized envelope, you will need to pay more than the normal cost of first class postage to mail it. Add to that the stamps for the RSVPs and postage could add up to be a hefty sum.

4) Alterations

Wedding dresses usually need alterations to fit perfectly. When a bride sets her dress budget she should include enough for alterations, which can be expensive if she wants or needs a lot of changes made to her dress.

5) Corkage and cake-cutting fees

Many brides don’t know that if they provide their own wine, the caterer will charge a corkage fee for pouring it. If they use a baker who isn’t affiliated with the caterer, they will be charged a cutting fee for the service.

6) Cosmetic dentistry

Brides want their smiles to look their best for their wedding photos so they invest in professional teeth whitening or veneers or they get their teeth straightened or fill in gaps and cracks. If this is something a bride is considering, she needs to add this to her wedding budget.

7) Change charges

If a bride has trouble making up her mind and makes changes to her contracts with vendors, they may charge her to do it. She should not make deposits or sign contracts until she is ready to make commitments.

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