Post # 1
I finally thought i had an all inclusive budget. I mean i included everything, even down to the price of ink to print my DIY paper products. Yet after all of that, small things keep getting added on. I was finalizing contract details with my venue when vendor meals came up. I completely forgot about that, which is going to cost us a couple hundred bucks since vendor meals are the same price as guest meals (minus the bar).
So what little fees and hidden cost did you not know/think about when planning your original budget?
Post # 3
I agree. So many little things added up- buying stamps for the invitations and save-the-dates, buying extra of everything JUST IN CASE, passports, cards and bags to put the bridal party gifts in, music for the ceremony (thought that was included in the price of the church) and things like my underwear for the wedding day (can’t just wear plain underwear!) It was so many things. I could keep going!
Post # 4
I didnt even think about underwear lol
Post # 5
Things I didn’t think about being in “the wedding budget”
– New langerie for the wedding night
– The cost of a few jewelry repairs for the antique pieces I plan to wear (ex: need an earing back replaced for antique pearl stud)
Post # 6
Some friends of mine went over budget because they forgot to factor in tax and gratuity.
Post # 7
TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! With taxes and service charges everything is 21% more!
Post # 8
All the extra stuff I really don’t want and didn’t plan on getting until my Future Mother-In-Law acted like I was stabbing her in the heart by not having it. (A guest book. Favors. Boutonniers. Corsages.)
Post # 9
Spanx + strapless bra = $$$
Taxes and tips
Postage – between my Save-The-Date Cards, invites, and RSVPs, I spent about $1/person on stamps
Edit: Thank-you gift to the friend organizing my bachelorette
Post # 10
spanx, stamps, thank you cards, thank you gifts for Maid/Matron of Honor hosting shower, tips for vendors…could go on! We’re about $2000 over our 10k budget.
Post # 11
Use of speakers at the reception site-$175
$150 per attendant if we want reception site staff to serve the food at the buffet. Needless to say, guests will be serving themselves!
I was excited to learn that I won’t need a bra with my dress. That saves some $$!
Post # 12
My original venue filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy three weeks after we signed the contract and put down a deposit was DEFINITELY an extra cost we didn’t see coming. We essentially had to plan a SECOND, less expensive wedding, because of the money lost on the first venue. And now they are trying to charge us a cancellation fee. It’s a mess. I don’t wish this upon ANYONE!!
Also…unfortunately, my dress failed to wow me basically from the day I purchased it (why I didn’t cancel, I will never know) but after trying DESPERATELY to talk myself into it for literally a year now (I bought the dress really early on), I have recently decided that I have to change it in order to be truly happy. So basically, we’ve racked up a couple extra thousand dollars in “unforeseen costs and mistakes”. Ahhh. Cest la vie.
Post # 13
Everything the people mentioned above such as taxes and tips, bridal party gifts, postage…
Since you’re planning to do some things DIY, I’d factor in a little extra money for extra supplies in case a project doesn’t turn out as planned. (This killed me, but I’m not DIY savvy.)
Post # 14
Oh, and little gifts for people who are helping with the wedding for no cost: officiant, friend who is doing flowers, my friend who has offered to trim my hair and 3 friends who will be helping with some of the reception set-up.
Post # 15
taxes, gratuity, programs (why did I KEEP forgetting about them!?), adding on extra expenses like a reception dress, videographer, extra hors d’oeuvres
Post # 16
– Taxes (really???? You are over charging me on EVERYTHING and you get a tip????)
– the little things – Thank you gifts, etc….it all adds up!