What Hidden Costs did You Encounter in Wedding Planning

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Member
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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 # 5
Hostess
3574 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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)

– hosiery 

 

Post # 6
Member
4585 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Some friends of mine went over budget because they forgot to factor in tax and gratuity.

Post # 7
Member
5079 posts
Bee Keeper

TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! With taxes and service charges everything is 21% more!

Post # 8
Member
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

All the extra stuff I really don’t want and didn’t plan on getting until my FMIL acted like I was stabbing her in the heart by not having it. (A guest book. Favors. Boutonniers. Corsages.)

Post # 9
Member
5099 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Spanx + strapless bra = $$$

Taxes and tips

Postage – between my STDs, invites, and RSVPs, I spent about $1/person on stamps

Thank-you notes

Edit: Thank-you gift to the friend organizing my bachelorette

Post # 10
Member
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

spanx, stamps, thank you cards, thank you gifts for MOH hosting shower, tips for vendors…could go on!  We’re about $2000 over our 10k budget.

Post # 11
Member
1642 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
Member
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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
Member
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
Member
1642 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
Member
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
Member
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

– Taxes (really????  You are over charging me on EVERYTHING and you get a tip????)

– Underwear! 

– the little things – Thank you gifts, etc….it all adds up!

 

Leave a comment


Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Find Amazing Vendors