You’ve set your budget, decided on vendors, and now your wedding day is fast approaching. You know what you will pay for your venue, caterer, photographer and DJ, but have you taken everything else into account?
Too many brides forget everything they will be responsible for paying for on the big day. Don’t let yourself get caught with a mystery payment. Start making a list now to keep track of your costs and ensure you stick to your budget.
Here are eight things you may not have thought of that will cost you money for your wedding:
Before you order your save the dates, invitations and thank you cards, be sure to take into account the amount of money it will cost to send them. At 49 cents a stamp, things can really start to add up. Keep in mind how many invites and other stationary items you’ll need to send, and be sure to include some room for postage in your budget.
2. Overtime Charges
You’ve most likely booked your DJ, photographer and other vendors for a set amount of time. But what if your wedding runs longer than expected? Read your contracts carefully and pay attention to any fees for overtime. When booking your vendors, consider choosing a longer time frame than you think you’ll need. That way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re covered no matter what happens.
3. Taxes and Tips
The cost agreed on with your vendors most likely doesn’t include tax and gratuity, but you’ll definitely end up paying them. When creating your budget, make sure you leave room for the tax and tip. If you only plan on paying the cost, you’ll be in for a rude awakening when the bill comes.
Your dress is probably not going to be ready to go right off the rack. If you want to look your best on the big day, you’re going to need to alter it, but alterations do not come cheap. Before you swipe that credit card, be sure to tack on at least an extra $100-200 in your mind. If the added cost pushes your budget over the edge, you may need to consider another dress option.
5. Cleanup Costs
Depending on your venue, cleanup may already be included, but you should always double check. If you’re only paying to rent the space, cleanup will most likely be an additional charge. Read your contract carefully to avoid missing something and plan for the day accordingly.
6. Vendor Meals
You have a final headcount, but have you taken into account your photographer, DJ and other vendors? These people are with you for an entire day, so it’s common courtesy to provide them with a meal. When adding up your cost per head for catering, remember to include your vendors in your calculations.
Your save the dates and invitations aren’t the only paper goods you should plan for. You’ll also need to budget for place cards, programs, menu cards and thank you cards. This is one area you may even be able to save some money. Consider creating the programs or menu cards yourself. Just be sure you’ve covered everything you’ll need for before, during and after your wedding.
8. Marriage License
Everything else won’t matter if you don’t make it legal! You’ll most likely need to file for your marriage license before the wedding, and it will cost you between $20 and $100, depending on your state. And if you want a copy, you may need to pay an additional fee.