(Closed) Cost You Did Not Think About?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Just giving a bump so I can follow along 🙂

Post # 4
7435 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Stamps! I know it sounds silly but I almost forgot about them and they add up! You need them for the invites themselves (and depending on the size they might be more expensive), rsvps, and thank yous.

We also forgot about adding in tips initially.

Post # 6
2961 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I didn’t even think about favors when I was thinking about wedding cost. They are just baubles, but they add up!

Post # 7
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

postage … for everything. Underwear for the night and the dress (my dress only goes with a sticky bra and had to find a good one) 

Post # 8
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We did online RSVP, so we had less stamps, but I forgot about all the stamps for thank you cards….argh!  🙂


We also kept forgetting things for the reception and had to keep adding to our rental (coffee, coffee maker, cups, stirring sticks, ugh)

Post # 9
6524 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FutureMrsBess:  I thought about all costs but what I did underestimate was wedding bands. I had no idea wedding bands can be so costly.

Post # 10
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@FutureMrsBess:  There were a few things I didn’t think about, like ceremony chairs (which will wind up being over $200!), and the additional cost added to food and the venue because of tax.  I’m sure that more unexpected costs will pop up between now and January, so I’d love to hear what some already married bees have to say.  

Post # 11
1227 posts
Bumble bee

@MrsBeck:  Same here.  I mean, I knew I had to spend money on postage, but it’s been so long since I actually bought a stamp, that I had no idea how expensive it would be–$1.10 per invite, and $0.73 for each response card. I spent almost $200 in postage when I sort of imagined it being half that.

A piper for one hours will cost us $300. I don’t know if Fiance will want to spend that, or forgo it. That was more than I anticipated as well.

Post # 12
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Rentals added up WAY quicker than I expected. PARTICULARLY the dance floor. 


I also had no idea how many gifts were involved in weddings, I don’t know why but the thought never occurred to me. 


Bartenders were also absurdly overpriced. So many of them wanted $25/hour (a minimum of 5 hours) plus tips to serve pre-mixed drinks that were were bringing!! No mixing or skills involved at all, just pour from a spout and serve!  We decided on a self-serve bar. The tips were really what pushed me over. At $25 an hour they shouldn’t expect tips imo. 


Also I did a lot of DIY to save money, but I needed to buy the tools to DIY with! Paper cutter, paper punches, plinking shears, etc…thank goodness for Joann Fabrics, Michael’s, and AC Moore 40% off coupons. I have all 3 within close range of my home and I hit them up a lot one at a time. I may sell the crafting supplies after, we’ll see.

Post # 13
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Postage is a good one.  I think I spent near $100 on stamps between my Save-The-Date Cards, RSVPs, and invitations for about 80 invites.

All the little things people don’t add into the big things that add up.  You might have some of these already:






-grooms accessories


-cost for food/alcohol for getting ready

-cake topper


You can get more detailed as you plan.  If you know you are doing bathroom baskets or out of town bags you can add those.  Anything decorative!!  Place cards, table #s, signs, printed photos for reception, guestbook, ring boxes.

I think that covers most of mine.  I wasn’t one who left out or forgot about taxes, service charges, etc.  I made sure I knew the full cost of a vendor before I went with them.

Post # 14
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Daizy914:  +1 to wedding bands. They were important to us of course but became a last minute task and because of this, became least expensive cost 🙁 I am still wearing my e-ring as my wedding band because I have to get mine custom made and I want to upgrade DH’s because his band was almost like a last minute decison because we got his band 52 days before the wedding and we still had to ship it off to be sized.

Post # 15
2685 posts
Sugar bee

I discovered this over the weekend.  When budgeting for a wedding dress, remember that sales tax will apply and there are shipping charges added on as well.  It ended up being $100 more for me, which isn’t awful but I wasn’t expecting it.  Certain vendors will also have sales tax applied (at least in my state, not sure if it’s different elsewhere).

Post # 16
6524 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lindseyl06:  yea, I love to shop-but I know NOTHING about the cost of jewlery.

I had put aside a budget of $350 for FI’s wedding bands, yea his band cost $900! LoL I was way off

My band was $2100! Fiance had expected this and I was totally against getting it because it was so much and he insisted on getting it. He really wanted me to have a matching band.

Its crazy how much it costs for a wedding. I don’t regret it, but I know that there are people out there who would think we are foolish for spending so much money and time for one day.

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