(Closed) Cost You Did Not Think About?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 47
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My venue requires bartenders… That’s one expense I keep forgetting about… Blech! For the first part of my engagement, I was content in having kegs and sodas, and allowing the guests to bring whatever spirits they wanted, if they wanted something harder than beer. My bubble was popped! LOL! I’ve still got a little over 5 months, but I still need to get all of the, what I consider smaller, details nailed down. Bartenders, linens, dinner ware, etc…

Post # 48
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

my freaking head is spinning just thinking of all this stuff suddenly the lounge i wanted to rent sofas for seems like omg that money might belong else wear lol 

Post # 49
1133 posts
Bumble bee

I got married overseas so i needed a change of name certificate in my home country to change my name. That was $174 i wasn’t expecting!

Post # 50
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

heres another one cleaning of the ring or in my case redipping the ring before the ceremony 

Post # 52
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Didn’t think about:

– emergency kit

– “in case it’s a bit chilly” wrap/bolero

– cake stands

– multiple pairs of shoes

Post # 53
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Cake cutting fee! I can’t believe they charge for that crap! When I worked as a caterer years ago we never charged. 

Post # 54
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Here is my initial list so far! Hope it helps someone!

Rental of hall

Additional insurance for 100+

Save the Dates


Thank you notes


Tip for Officant

Marriage licence

Marriage certificate


Lunch on the day of

Cocktail hour

Dinner (incl. coffee, tea and dessert)


Dinnerware (if needed to be rented)

Brunch next day (if you’re doing it)

100 chairs (after hours, delivery, setup/takedown, across bridge)


Screen for projector

Tip for DJ?

Booze (homemade wine, beer, liquor), juice, pop, ice


Liquor licence

Bar tender

Dress Alterations

Hair and makeup

Tip for hair



Hair trial

Tip for Hair trial

Hotel room for the night






For centerpieces 








Decorator (linens, chair covers, napkins, ceiling panels with lighting)

Glow sticks


Thank you note postage


Centerpieces (not including flowers)


Gift table

Seating chart

Table numbers


Guest book

table (pictures of us, card box)

Cab # sign


Materials and evelopes for DIY save the date and invites

Wedding Transportation


Activities for Kids Table

Flower girl petals

Material to rope off Family Aisle

Reserved signs/table signs


Cleaning the gown & Perserving it

Drinks at ceremony (water?)

The extras on the centerpieces e.g. used water beads didn’t budget for distilled water or buckets to hold them in.

Rehearsal dinner

Prints of wedding photos/Album cost


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Post # 55
1772 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FutureMrsBess:  figured out we’ll be able to stay within our lighting budget after all with it being “the icing” instead of some bare minimum to be able to see and eat.  

I also googled who to tip and have that settled.  since our venue includes it in their fee and our other vendors own their own businesses and charge for travel/delivery/setup/labor, we’re left with tipping the ppl I’d already expected to tip (it’ll likely be under $400 total):

  • hair/makeup as per usual unless there’s an inflated “wedding” rate
  • delivery ppl only if there’s no delivery fee or if they do some great job
  • ppl who help load items (gifts, favors, not sure what is getting loaded)
  • dj and video are skilled family members doing it as a gift, so no “tip” needed, but they’ll get tons of appreciation
  • others will get tips if they go above & beyond somehow but will get cards and some token of our appreciation regardless

Post # 57
32 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

@redhead46:  LOL @ “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.” Yes! I was totally trying to get out of booking two nights because we live SO close to the hotel and venue it was ridiculous to stay in a hotel when we could just go home! But if we wanted to guarantee a nice place for all to get ready then that was our only option.

One totally unexpected expense for me was sprucing up the venue bathrooms haha! I love our venue, hate the bathrooms. It didn’t occur to me to check the bathrooms during our first venue visit, it’s not really something on your list of things too look for when checking out venues! Whereas everything else looked nice, the bathrooms look like you just entered the gloomy flourescent lit square-tiled bathroom of your high school. It was not TERRIBLE but the sheer contrast of it with the rest of the place make it that much more noticeable. My coordinator and I plan to shove in candles, toiletry baskets, and floral arrangements to fancy them up. Sucks to spend the money on that but gotta do it!

Post # 58
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsBess:  In Ontario, you need a license to get married (only lasts 3 months) and then a certificate proves you’re married 🙂

Post # 59
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

teeth whitening/cleaning



hair/makeup trial fee

rehearsal dinner

after-wedding brunch

candy buffet decorations (e.g. flowers/confetti/stands for different jars)

card box

Post # 60
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Postage was a big one for me…….  and not just postage, but the fact that the size of the envelope can greatly increase the cost of your postage.  My invites were 6×6 which is an odd size, so that took the cost per inviite up to $1.12, luckily fo rme my wedding is small and I only sent out about 69 invites, but jsut think if you had 3oo invites to send and that doesnt include the RSVP envelope.

Also if you have a caterer, don’t forget taxes and gratuity, it’s pretty hefty.

Post # 61
1772 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Has nobody else forgotten about the cost of cocktail hour decor (or even planning on it)? I just realized I’d need to make a plan for that and include it in our budget along with linens for those tables if any and the linens for escort card and cake tables. 

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