Most couples have no idea what wedding services cost and end up underestimating their wedding budgets. No one likes financial surprises and when you’re planning your dream wedding this can be a real downer. It is important to know upfront the types of unexpected costs that can come up for your wedding. These are 5 commonly overlooked wedding expenses:
Invitation suites present your wedding style and are a sneak peek of what your wedding will be like so they need to be personalized. Everything from the specialty paper selection and font type to the embellishments and envelope style can be customized. Save-the-date, invitations and inserts such as RSVP cards, hotel information, maps and other related items are all part of an invitation suite and factor in the total cost.
Postage For Invitations
Inevitably save-the-dates and invitations that are unique in size, shape and number of inserts will cost more to mail. Check with your stationer for guidelines on cost to mail your favorite invitations suite.
Sales Tax, Service Charges and Vendor Gratuities
Don’t forget to add sales tax and service fees to your catering costs. Also many venues and caterers charge a service fee to cover their costs for staffing. Expect to tip most vendors- from your hair stylist and the delivery staff to the band/DJ and bartenders. For catering only tip on the total for labor not the entire catering bill.
Everyone knows photography is a must have for weddings, but videography should not be forgotten. Capturing all of your special moments such as getting ready, first look, ceremony, toasts and special dances in motion as they occur with sound, gestures and all is priceless!
Wedding Planner and Wedding Day Coordinator
Some couples don’t think they need wedding planning help until they are knee deep in unfinished tasks, having anxiety over forgetting something important and nightmares about everything going wrong.
Having a professional guide you through all your planning tasks and on your wedding day taking charge to execute your vision as planned makes for an effortless planning experience and stress-free wedding day.