(Closed) The little things that add up.. What were/are they?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


Post # 4
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I forgot a lot of the religious things. Like the ketubah, and then of course a frame for the ketubah.  And Yarmulkes.

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

Trial and error. In making our invites trying one glue that doesnt work well and needing to buy another, needing an exacto knife…

shipping on some things I need to order and ship to my mom’s,  tips for people

Post # 6
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

All the little things that may or many not “technically” part of the budget, but things you need/want.  Outfits/shoes/accessories for shower(s), bridal lunch, rehearsal, bachelorette party, engagement pics, etc.  I included gifts as a line item for the wedding party, and hostesses for various events, but I didn’t think of the added expense of cards, boxes, wrapping paper, and ribbons (of course I bought the wedding color coordinated paper and ribbon).  Lunch/snacks/water/champagne while getting ready was something else I didn’t really think about. 

We did welcome bags for the guests staying at our hotel block, and we created a booklet of things to do near the hotel, maps, directions, schedule of events, etc.  We didn’t factor in PRINTING the books, which ended up being way more expensive than I thought. 

P.S.  Some states give you a reduced price on your marriage license if you attend pre-marital counseling.  We just took the certificate we received for completing our church’s pre-marital course and our license was $11 or something.

Post # 7
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

One more thing – we displayed some of our engagement pictures, my bridal pictures, and pictures of family members at their weddings.  We didn’t think about/budget the cost of FRAMES.  So I was hitting 3-4 Marshalls the week before the wedding to get 20 silver frames in various sizes. 

Post # 8
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Let’s see….little things that have tended to add up include: undergarments for the wedding gown, programs & favor cards, clothes & intimates for the honeymoon, thank you cards & stamps, etc.

Post # 9
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Okay, the little things for me that didn’t seem like a big deal until put onto paper- marriage license, favors and gift bags, honeymoon spending money (+ dressy dinner clothes, bathing suit, lingerie etc), night before, day of, and day after costs (rehearsal dinner costs, day-of meal costs for bridal party, beauty treatments, liquor & snacks, morning after brunch, etc), all vendor tips, & all PAPER ITEMS- invitations, save the dates, announcements, & thank you cards (AND stamps for it all!!). Hope this helps 🙂  

Post # 10
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

My problem was I underestimated things.  The big things that wrecked my budget were:  DH picking a way more expensive ring, him wanting to purchase his wedding attire vs. rent a tux, and my alterations were double what I planned.


Post # 11
2320 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

not married YET but here’s what i’ve bought so far, and things in the future i will need to buy.

a dress hanger, a new bottle of perfume, postage stamps, a return address stamp, calligraphy for invitations, ring bowl, personalized stir sticks.

stuff that i will need but i forgot to budget… the marriage certificate, uh, the officant fee (really, how did i miss that!?!?), cake stands, guest book, alterrations for my dress, undergarments, a tux/suit for our 12yr old, sexy clothes for wedding night, food to eat while getting ready (thanks girls for that reminder).

Post # 12
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Stamps, yes, especially thank you card stamps! 

  • Food/snacks/drinks for the day-of while getting ready
  • Tips (nails, hair, servers, Reharsal Dinner, etc)
  • Decor supplies (scissors, tape, pew clips, etc)
  • Emergency kits (hair spray, travel toiletries, mints, hem/dress tape)
  • Bathroom baskets
  • Honeymoon stuff (clothes, toiletries, luggage fees, spending on the actual honeymoon)
  • Pens for the guestbook
  • Cake server, toasting flutes
  • Bags for the favor buffet
  • Undergarments (Spanx are expensive!)
  • Shoe inserts
  • Thank you notes (I estimated only for the wedding, but needed them for 2 showers, the bachelorette, the wedding party and post-wedding gifts that came.  Plus the stamps & return address labels for these)

Post # 13
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ooooh!  Great post!   Thank you.

Post # 14
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

So far in my experience, BUSTLE COSTS, for my dress!

“Oh your going to need about anywhere from 5-10 bustles at $20 each!”

Post # 15
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

stamps, guest book sets, accessories, alterations, thank you stationary, thank you gifts for those who helped on you wedding day

Post # 16
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

I forgot to budget for engagement photos and bridal party gifts. The bridal party gifts were the ones that put me over budget in the end.

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