Sticking to your budget is probably the hardest thing about planning a wedding. Many brides know that their dress will have to be altered and the catering bill might be higher than previously thought; but, some overlook these hidden wedding costs that should be included in the overall budget.
1) Beauty Treatments
Yes, you have already set aside a specific budget for wedding hair and makeup; but, have you set aside a budget for pre-wedding beauty treatments? Such as a trial run, spray tan, or a manicure for your engagement session. Many spray tan places and nail salons have deals on Groupon, so look there first.
Do not blow your entire stationary budget on save-the-dates and invitations to the wedding; you will need to think about programs, place cards, menu cards, thank you cards, etc.
3) Wedding Day Meals
You and your husband-to-be are going to spend the whole day getting ready with the rest of the bridal party, so wedding day meals and snacks are a necessity. You can keep it simple with homemade bagels and sandwiches, or more elaborate with catered items.
4) Pre-Wedding Party Attire
Another forgotten item, cute dresses for your pre-wedding events, such as the engagement party, bridal shower, and bachelorette weekend. You can use dresses you already own; but, many brides like to bring in something new or two into their closet.
5) Welcome Bags
While these are not required, welcome bags are a nice touch for out-of-town guests. Many brides, such as myself, add cute items that represent the city where they are getting married.
Yes, you have already set aside a pretty great flower budget; but, you will still need money for other decorations, such as signage, candles, glass hurricanes, specialty linens, etc. If you are looking to add additional elements like vintage decor rentals, you might want to save a little more of that budget.
7) A Backup Plan
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, odds are you will have to place a tent on standby. If you have to use it, there is another big cost (around two thousand).
Weigh your save-the-dates and wedding invitations carefully, in order to ensure you do not have to pay more postage than you have to. Stamps can be pricey, especially if you go for the vintage ones.
9) Undergarments and Accessories
Great, you have got the dress! Now what about the veil? Shoes? Jewelry? Bra? Shapewear?
10) Vendor Meals
Your photographer, the band or dj playing at your reception, your wedding planner, your videographer-they are all working all day to ensure your big day goes smoothly. Feeding them is a must; and, it is in most vendor’s personal contracts, including mine. Good news is that vendor meals are often cheaper.