Post # 1
Hey bees, anyone have some unexpected costs that crept up on you? And how much was the fee for your marriage license? Just wondering if what we paid was about average in other areas. Ours was $97, which seems like a lot for a piece of paper, but what can you do..? Also, we paid almost $700 in taxes on our venue/catering alone! I don’t know how these costs slipped my mind when I was making the detailed budget list.
Post # 3
We paid $130 for our liscence.. and thankfully our taxes and tips were included in the price of our venue so I don’t know off hand how much we are being gouged..
Post # 4
I think ours was $80. I didn’t like paying for “travel fees” for the makeup and hair artists. I think that should be included in the cost. I also didn’t like having to pay the caterer to haul the trash and recycling.
Post # 5
I think our license was only $40. My parents paid for the wedding so I don’t know what the taxes amounted to but it was 5% on the total cost of the venue, food, and alcohol. Even worse is the 20% gratuity they tack on!
Post # 6
Thankfully we’ve remembered to budget for these two items, but that doesn’t erase the fact that we’re still paying $96 for the marriage license and $3300 in service charge + tax for our reception. Seriously, even the service charge is taxed. It’s crazy.
Post # 7
Our marriage license was $60 (it would have been $18 if I had still lived in IN but we had to pay more for being out of state).
My parent’s paid for most of our wedding so I don’t know how much of the costs went to tax.
Post # 8
Our license was $93.50 and we paid almost 5k for taxes/”service” charges at our venue. We budgeted for both but its still upsetting.
Post # 9
Our marriage license was $100. And taxes…well…let’s just say they weren’t pretty.
Post # 10
Don’t forget vendor tips. 🙂
Post # 11
Wow! Our marriage license was only $50!
Post # 12
Marriage licenses range from $4-$50 in MA depending on the town. I’m paying $25 for mine… and have yet to find out which one is $4!
Post # 13
$100 for the licence. Taxes were a lot too, but I haven’t broken them down yet. Gratuity too.
Post # 14
@OrchidLove: The cost of a license in GA is only $65, and if you have premarital counseling, it only costs $30.