All the little and unexpected wedding costs you forgot to account for

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I completely spaced the cost of undergarments and decorations outside of flowers (candles, lighting, customized cocktail napkins, sineage) when figuring my budget. And I didn’t  accurately figure the cost for bridesmaid gifts for 6 bridesmaids or gifts for our parents. Gotta shuffle some money around now! 

Post # 3
1749 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Pet sitting!  That’s a fair amount of money since my dog is spending the week of the wedding and honeymoon there. 

Post # 5
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

SIGNAGE! Oh my gosh signage. Didn’t even think about it until the week before. We didn’t have table numbers and then we got table numbers but realized we needed something to hold them… it felt never ending and when all was said and done added another 500 bucks to the bill!

Post # 6
2456 posts
Buzzing bee

My sisters forgot to budget for:

  • tax (on catering, bar, etc)
  • tips for vendors 
  • parking costs at hotel for hair/makeup artist 
  • Cost of room service breakfast the day of the wedding (this wound up being a few hundred dollars as the bridesmaids were all getting ready together)
  • cost of insurance coverage required by the venue 
Post # 7
356 posts
Helper bee

Parking costs, pet sitting, an emergency kit! (tampons, allergy medications, thread/needle, etc), my husband kicking his sister out of the bridal party and me having to pay her back for her bridesmaid dress, and most importantly.. the dress!!

I knew NOTHING about weddings when I started looking at dresses. When I told them the budget for my dress, I meant it. My budget was $2k and my dress was $1500. Perfect, right? Nope. The alterations were almost $1000, then preserving the dress was another $200. 

Post # 8
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

akshali2000 :  haven’t got married yet but I just realised I forgot I need food for the weekend! The wedding is only one meal after all haha, and i want to prepare something for lunch for the bms.

I also forgot spanx and chicken fillets haha.

Post # 9
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Postage! Save the dates, invites, thank you cards, so many stamps needed. Royal mail is doing well or of me.

I hadn’t thought of dry cleaning costs for the dress afterwards. Haven’t a clue how much that kind of thing would cost.

Self-maintenance – I’m usually pretty low maintenance but I’ve had trial runs off the beauty treatments I want to have to see how I react to them (lash lifts, waxes, manicures etc), and started getting my hair cut regularly. I’ll probably keep some of them up once I’m married but it’s costly!

Post # 10
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

TAXES.  I remembered almost everything (except for clothes for other non-wedding but wedding related events), but didn’t budget for taxes.  I’m glad that I budgeted in about $2k wiggle room

Post # 11
9578 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

mandatory event insurance was a few hundred I didn’t know would be there until we’d already picked the venue.  (I mean, I knew before I signed but not when budgeting before we booked anything.  It was still cheaper than any other option, with that cost.)

i underestimated the cost of hiring servers.  When we had chosen to have a local pizza company bring their wood burning oven to the venue and make pizzas I kind of just was like ‘mk that’s that.  Just gotta hire a bartender now and we’re good’.. but then as logistics were planned more carefully it became clear we needed to hire 2 ‘servers’ who also helped with set-up and takedown of decor/tables.  That added way way more money than I’d have imagined.  The overall pizza concept ended up being no cheaper than any other caterer, once you added the bills of the two different vendors.  It was still delicious and I was happy with it, but it was not ‘half the price’ of the other caterers as we’d originally thought.  Again, I knew this all by the time I booked everything but not when originally budgeting.

How much Darling Husband would want to spend on attire and accessories.  He’s not usually a primping kind of guy, so the new socks, tie, tie clip, shirt, shoes and shoelaces, on top of his more expensive than i’d have guessed tux, surprised me a tad.  He still gets good use out of everything except the tie and tie clip, so at least there’s that.


Post # 12
1749 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

akshali2000 :  I do,  but I also have a regular pet sitter who is really good with my dog and whom I trust. She has her 2 dogs and never takes more than 4dogs for sitting and posts regular updates.  It’s $500 for the 2 weeks she’ll be there.  I could leave herwith my siblings and cousins for free,  but they dont have dogs and Lyrica really likes being part of a dog pack. 

It’s an additional cost,  but we’re still under budget. 

Post # 13
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Tacoma, WA

This whole thread is giving me anxiety and I’m not even engaged yet. yelllaughing

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