(Closed) Cost You Did Not Think About?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 32
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Not sure if anyone added this but the cost for your marriage license. It isnt much but it’s still a cost. 

Food the day of and stamps are a big one too.  

Post # 33
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Pinkmoon:  I’ve had duties on some things and not on others. The $30 duty on my $14 item made me VERY unhappy!

Post # 34
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Candles is my biggest one so far. I was thinking “candles are cheap – we just need three or four votives!”. Well, three or four votives times however many tables plus extra for the bar and the shelves and now I’ve spent over $100 on stupid candles (and we’re not even using candles as a big decorating thing!).

Also, table linens. Granted, this could be avoided but I didn’t like the ones our venue provides (square tableclothes for a round table? Ick!). So we’re renting (or buying) some – but at $10/each, they add up!

Post # 35
10452 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@wisher558:  Yikes! How do they get away with charging 200%… I just paid $150 when the bridesmaid dresses I ordered from an American store arrived. It almost would have made sense to just pay the inflated Canadian store prices after adding the extra fees! 

Post # 36
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Pinkmoon:  There was a ridiculous handling fee. and then the actually duty fee. The mail guy was like I know it’s ridiculous here’s the number to call to complain lol

Post # 38
3732 posts
Sugar bee

@FutureMrsBess:  I sent mine out maybe two weeks after the wedding, and still haven’t received it. Many places take a while, and I have to be without my dress for three months! No fun!

Post # 39
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Security deposit for the venue, I got it back but that was $500 I wasn’t expecting.  Hotel room for not just the night of the wedding but the night before so we all had somewhere to get ready in the morning.  Food costs, we bought stuff for breakfast and lunch for all the bridesmaids and groomsmen and family that were at the hotel that were getting ready with us and then we also had breakfast available to any hotel guests the morning after the wedding in our suite.   And then on top of hair and makeup for the day of, I had gotten my nails done and had my hair colored a couple weeks before the wedding so that was an extra cost i had kind of forgotten about.

Post # 40
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Tips for my stylist

Hair for my niece

Gifts for family members, shower hosts, and our officiant 

Transportation to the venue

Brunch the day of

Dog sitter for our wedding night 

Shipping for our popcorn favors

Thank you cards and postage

Cardstock for our inserts and programs 

Table numbers and seating cards


Post # 41
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Rentals, rentals, rentals. I thought they wouldn’t be a big deal and it would be a no brainer. I put it off to the side thinking that it was the easiest category. Well we got really close to the wedding and it was time to finalize rentals, we got the price and it was just way too much. Instead of using the beautiful purple underlay and lace table covers with purple napkins we just used plain ivory everything because those were free. Instead of the fruitwood chiavari chairs I wanted so badly we had the banquet hall chairs I hated. Ughh … I should of planned that out better. 

We technically had the money but that money was saved for our minimoon and I just couldn’t justify using it when we could use it for a really great trip.

Post # 42
1772 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

So we did think about lighting costs, but had assumed any lighting above our venue’s standard lighting would be “icing.”  Nope, turns out that we’ll probably need to pay $1200 at least for lighting because we’ll need more than their standard just for our guests to see etc. in our outdoor reception area and we’ll need a generator too. 

We included tips on major items (venue/catering), but I still need to figure out who does/doesn’t get tip (like florist who has a delivery fee, photog who owns his own business, etc.).

Post # 44
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Ugh! What didn’t I forget!


Gift for groom


Gifts for mc, readers, ushers, guest book people


Cake cutters for our centerpieces (cakes for each table)


not to mention the TONS of miscellaneous crap I buy on etsy because its cute and I have no self control!

Post # 45
2776 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Well we did ours away from home but here are somethings I didn’t think about specifically budgetting for, altough the cost was not prohibitive for these items

  • Dog Sitter
  • Materials and evelopes for DIY save the date and invites
  • Wedding Transportation
  • Gifts for Bridesmaid or Best Man, Groomsmen and parents
  • Musicians
  • Activities for Kids Table
  • Flower girl petals
  • Material to rope off Family Aisle
  • Reserved signs/table signs
  • Undergarments
  • Cleaning the gown & Perserving it
  • Shoes
  • Hair
  • Drinks at both reception and afterparty
  • The extras on the centerpieces e.g. used water beads didn’t budget for distilled water or buckets to hold them in.
  • Thank you cards and their postage
  • Cost of dinner’s out etc while entertaining and catching up with family
  • Favor extras e.g. decided to make tags that say thank you to put on favors, to ensure people knew they were favors, instead of just handing people mini bags of candy wrapped in tulle
  • Prints of wedding photos/Album cost

Post # 46
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@FutureMrsBess:  I conveniently procrastinated on buying my waxing, bustle, nails, pedi, spray tan, cup inserts for rehearsal dinner dress, that evenings jewelry, bridal undies and got really overwhelmed once I realized those costs were fast approaching.  

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