(Closed) Cost You Did Not Think About?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 17
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Daizy914:  I just wanted to wish you a congrats! You’re getting married on my b-day! I will be hoping you have a great day and everything goes well without a hitch! Yes rings are expensive! I’m dreading getting this quote for a custom band!

Post # 18
3721 posts
Sugar bee

@FutureMrsBess:  For me, it was the costs AFTER the wedding I didn’t expect. That included dress preservation, photo album, and preserving my flowers. I didn’t anticipate wanting to keep my flowers, but then I got emotionally attached, because I’m a ball of mush. The dress I was also clueless about, but it turns out $500+ is normal for one in good condition! Eeek

Post # 19
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Dress/veil cleaning and preservation! My bill was over $400 after tax.

Post # 20
2625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

commenting to follow!

Post # 21
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@FutureMrsBess:  We forgot to factor in tips to the budget! Heck, we forgot to bring tips to the reception. Luckily, my Mother-In-Law had (for some reason) expect to cover them for us, so it worked out. 

Post # 23
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am paying a rental deposit for my rentals. I’ll get it back when the equipment is returned, but we still had it pay it upfront.

My biggest hidden “cost” was all of the DIY projects that I totally thought I would do, but didn’t have time to or changed my mind about. 

Also, the guestbook! And pens for the guestbook.

We also forgot about the signs and wedding programs.

Post # 25
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

So far, I’ve got tips, delivery charges, a room for the night before the wedding, marriage license and rooms for out of town vendors.  I’m sure there will be more as the date gets closer!

Post # 26
2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@FutureMrsBess:  Speaking of license, if you live somewhere where the license and official certificate are different things and you have the option to pre-order a certified copy, budget that in. It saves time and hassle of having to figure out when you can order one and having to do it.

The days-around-wedding expenses took a big bite out of our non-wedding savings. I stayed with my Maid/Matron of Honor from Thurs-Sun, and I forgot to budget in things like FOOD and activities on those days, lol. We spent the wedding night somewhere else, and we forgot to bring cash for things like parking and bellhop tips. Having cash on hand is never a bad idea, and make sure to include small bills!

Think of your entire day from waking to sleeping, list out all of the details, then start charting spending from there. I mean every detail like “waking up in hotel” means obviously lodging costs but also potentially breakfast. Think of your bridal look, your party’s needs, transportation, everything!

Post # 27
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

@FutureMrsBess:  I waited 2 months but obviously if you have any stains (food, wine, or dirt on the hem) it’s best to bring it in ASAP so the stains won’t set 🙂

Post # 28
10452 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Probably more of a problem in Canada, but most of the stuff I’ve ordered online has been extra cost because of customs/duty whatever other ridiculous fees they add on when it gets delivered to my door. 

Post # 29
5659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsBeck:  YUP stamps. Damn stamps! Stamps for thank you’s stamps for shower thank you’s stamps for invites (expensive stamps for invites) stamps for rsvp cards. UGH!


Post # 31
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Tips for the vendors. Darling Husband didn’t know we had to tip these people and I totally forgot. It was a disaster. We literally were digging for cash left and right the week of the wedding and we were spent and exhausted by that point. It doesn’t sound like a lot but considering it’s 20% and nearly everything in the budget (e.g. makeup, hair, catering staff, DJ, photographer assistant/2nd photographer, bartender) needs a tip, it seriously adds up and then some.

Oh, and unlike other things (e.g. dress, accessories, rings), you can’t put it on a charge card or anything. You are supposed to tip in cash.


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