Post # 17
Apparently the cake our venue offers is very limited in its decorations. So if you want anything special, flowers, any type of cake topper (even if it’s edible) you might have to pay more.
Here’s items I missed.
Place cards, menus,
flowers for wives/husbands of close family members.
Quick informal thank you cards when we received presents months before the wedding.
We’re totally going over a lot higher on gifts b/c a lot of people are spending money on things we didn’t expect them to.
We didn’t expect to do save the dates or engagment photos, but finally did it because of parent nagging. So watch out for family induced expenses. Also dinner rehearsal invites.
Post # 18
As far as cake cutting goes, I am not sure it is the caterers’ job to serve a cake they did not provide. The cake cutting fee is something like the corkage fee you get charged when you bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant (or the bar set-up fee you get charged when you supply your own liquor at the reception). There is still labor and materials involved. I think it is not unreasonable for the venue to charge me a small fee to use their plates, forks, and labor to serve the cake I had brought in. If your caterer is actually providing the desert, then those costs should already be rolled into the cost per serving.
Post # 19
We LOVE our venue – but it essentially an empty barn that we need to fill with rentals, meaning everything from table & chairs to salad forks, saucers and water glasses. Everything needs to be accounted for! We knew it would be more expensive to do it this way, but we’ve been surprised by how much more it has been. Thank goodness our caterer is handling all the logistics.
Post # 20
chairs alone (the plain ones) are $1000.
don’t get me started on the tent, tent sides, tent lighting, portapotties.
Post # 21
As far as the little stuff that just adds up…I would say gratuities, food the day of the wedding (people have to eat), under garments, just the last minute expenses that you don’t feel like bargaining for because by that point you are frustrated and just want the whole thing to be over!
Post # 22
Oh, here’s another one– our venue is charging a "labor fee" to move the chairs from outside at the ceremony site into the ballroom (literally right next door). It’s only $150… but still! I’m probably spending less than that for my favors! I may have to try and weasel out of that one.
Post # 23
Don’t forget your vendor meals. Check with the catering people to see if they will eat a guest meal or if there are special arrangements and pricing for the vendors.
In addition to cake-cutting fees, corkage fees.
There may be surprise fees at the end of the wedding. Check your contract to see if you would be responsible if anything is missing, broken, etc.
Post # 24
i just received info from a gallery/event space…. i gotta pay for my own security for everey 100 guests per city ordinance. sigh~
Post # 25
WOW this is insane, thank you ladies!
Post # 26
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