Here are 15 costs most couple's forget to factor into their budgets!
1. Pre-Wedding Costs: From using a cute, creative way to ask your bridal party to be in the wedding, to beauty treatments and parties, to most important, the marriage license, these are all costs that come up prior to the wedding people can forget about. Most bride's remember to budget for their day-of hair and makeup, but forget about trial hair and make-up appointments, mani/pedi and spa treatments. The most important pre-wedding expense to budget for is the marriage license, which can cost anywhere from $50-$100.
2. Paper Goods: You know all about the save the dates, invitations and RSVP cards, but have you budgeted for your day-of stationary? Will you want programs outlining the timeline for the day? You'll need seating assignments for the guests to find their tables. Are you going to want menu cards? You will also need thank you cards for all those presents you'll hopefully receive and don't forget about postage!
3. Getting Ready: Will you be booking a hotel room to get ready in? You'll often need to book the room for two nights to be able to have it to get ready in the morning of the wedding, plus it can be a good place for you and your new spouse to stay the night of the wedding. You will need food for the day-of while your getting ready. Something simple, but filling, such as sandwiches, fruit or cheese and crackers and lots of water! Emergency bridal kits are big now, either the bride, one of the moms or the maid of honor can be in charge of these. Also, many people forget things the day-of, especially the boys! Keep that in mind when budgeting for the day just in case someone forgot to pack their shoes or cuff links!
4. Fashion: Alterations, undergarments, accessories, bridal party day-of outfits, all things couple's tend to overlook when putting their budget together. Almost all members of the bridal party will need alterations on their outfits at some point, especially the bride and groom. You want your dress and suit to fit perfectly the day of, so make sure to set aside some money for any and all alterations you may need. You can have as many or as little accessories as you like, but common ones to remember are hair accessories, bridal shoes, jewelry, cuff links and garters. Wedding veils are also an extra expense. A classic trend is to have matching robes or tank tops for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in the day-of. Great for photos and can also be used as your bridal party presents.
5. Pre-Wedding Attire: You may need new outfits for all the pre-wedding festivities, like the bridal shower, your bachelorette party and the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. This is an optional cost, you may have some great outfits for all of these in your closet already, but it can be fun to buy new outfits for these specifically, so think about that when planning out your budget.
6. Transportation for Guests: If your venue does not have ample parking, shuttling will be a necessary expense. If it does have ample parking, but your guests are staying at the same location it could be a good alternative to having them all drive to the venue. It's a good way to make sure your guests arrive on time plus will keep guests who indulge in the alcoholic beverages safe.
7. Unexpected Guests: Keep in mind that sometimes guests who RSVP no will show up unannounced or a single guest will bring a friend or date without telling you. This is annoying (and rude) yes, but should be anticipated by planning a few extra meals and place setting. Chat with your caterer about this possibility.
8. Gifts for Family & Bridal Party: You will have lots of hard working and helpful family and friends (hopefully) helping you throughout the wedding planning process, so don't forget to budget in the expense of getting them a nice gift as a thank you for all their help.
9. Favors: Favors are not a requirement these day. Most guests won't even notice if you don't have them, but they should be factored into the budget in case you chose to include them in the wedding. On average a favor can cost $2-$8 or more per person. There are ways to save on favors though, including a DIY option if your crafty or having one favor per couple rather then per person. Another thing to remember is favors get left behind a lot so if you want to make it worth your money have a favor they can use at the wedding, like a food or beverage item.
10. Day-of Coordination: If your venue does not come with a wedding planner or you haven't hired one separately to help with the planning, a day of coordinator is a must these days. No one wants to be stuck dealing with vendors and timelines the day of the wedding, so hire someone to take care of it. It can run you anywhere from $500-$2,000, so budget that in as well.
11. Vendor Meals: Many vendors require you to feed them the day of, including the coordinator, DJ or band and photographer/videographer, so make sure you count them in the final head count for the caterer. Also do not forget to count yourselves in the final count as well, many couple's forget this.
12. Lighting: Whether it is required at your venue or just an extra touch you want to add, you will almost always need extra lighting. This can include lighting the dance floor, a chandelier over the alter or candles on the tables, keep this in mind when planning your budget for the day-of.
13. Decor Other then Flowers: You will more then likely need some kind of signage at the wedding, including pointing people in the right direction of the venue or directing them to the different areas events of the day will occur. Other decor can include a bar menu, tulle on the ceremony chairs, non-floral centerpieces or cute signs on the head table.
14. Back Up Plan: No matter what time of year you get married (though more commonly a problem January-April and September-December) there is always the chance you will need a back up plan. If your venue has no indoor options, this will include renting a tent or providing umbrellas. Tents can be very expensive, so make sure to look around for pricing and how far out you will need to think about reserving one.
15. Gratuities/Taxes/Service Charges: Check over your contracts as they come in to see who adds on gratuities and what the taxes and services charges will be so you can plan ahead of time. Don't know who to tip and how much? Read through our previous blog for great advice on who/how much/when to tip vendors!