When budgeting for your celebration, don’t let these unexpected charges associated with the venue, catering, delivery, and more catch you by surprise. Here, we surface what you should keep an eye out for in the fine print.
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When choosing your invitations, be sure to weigh it carefully — if it’s more than one a certain number of grams, you’re going to need additional postage. If you have boxes and gifts going along, keep a small budget aside for courier services.
Welcome Bag Delivery:
Hotels often charge for distributing bags, which isn’t always mentioned in their reservation quote or contract.
Your Bachelorette Party:
Bachelorette parties today are bigger than ever; more and more groups are planning weekend getaways, like Greek’s trip. And even though the bridesmaids are supposed to pick up the tab for the party, many brides end up paying for their own airfare or part of the hotel bill to help alleviate costs for their girls!
A Hotel Room the Night Before:
If you and your bridesmaids are planning on getting ready in a hotel suite, pay attention to check in/check out times — you'll often need to book the room in order to have the morning to get ready. This way, you can check in at your leisure the night before, order room service, and invite the ladies to join you to get dolled up.
“Wedding brain” can affect even the best of us. If you have a destination wedding and you forget something home, you will need a last-minute replacement. That means, extra moolah that goes out of your pocket - anything from an iron board to mithai packets.
The Wedding Salad
Pre & Post Wedding Party Attire:
From various pre & post wedding dinners and lunches, you will need new outfits. Make sure you budget accordingly for the same.
Transportation for Guests:
While you’re generally not responsible for how guests get to and from your wedding, it becomes your concern if a guest gets too intoxicated to drive home or they are too senior to travel alone.
Vendor Meals & Tips:
Your vendors will be with you for 8+ hours on the wedding day; they’re going to need some fuel to keep making sure you look your best all night long.
A Backup Plan:
You know that if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you should have a tent on stand-by in case of rain. You need to have a contingency fund in case of any emergencies.
Your venue, DJ, wedding photographer and videographer are booked for just a certain amount of time, so if your wedding runs a little longer than you expected, they MAY end up charging more. Be clear about expectations before hamd.
Taxes and Licences:
We all know there are taxes on almost everything—most couples don't think about how much they'll end up owing during the planning process. Also, you will need umpteen licences for music, alcohol, fire hazard and many more.
Have you included all these in your wedding planning preps? If you prepare for the unexpected ahead of time, you won't be left scrambling to come up with extra cash at the last minute!