Don’t Get An unexpected Surprise With these Wedding Expenses
With so many things to be organized, it’s no surprise weddings get expensive—and fast. While the big-ticket items (like the venue, photographer, and catering) make it onto every wedding budget breakdown, there are what seems like a million other things that need to be paid for, and some of them really might surprise you. As you’re determining your budget and figuring out exactly how it will all be spent, it’s helpful to have a detailed picture of where the money needs to go, so we’ve asked some of the pros to fill us in on the expenses that you may not know to include.
Finding the gown of your dreams is only part of it. “Once you buy the dress, veil, and shoes, you still need to have your dress tailored so it fits you perfectly!” says Sarah Glick, co-owner of Brilliant Event Planning. Some salons offer in-house tailoring that is included in the price of your dress, while others charge for tailoring or may not offer it at all, meaning you’ll need to find a seamstress on your own. Make sure to ask about it before you put down your credit card to make sure it all fits within your budget!
“If you have a lot of time between when you put on your dress and when your ceremony begins (for example, if you are taking all of your photos before the ceremony), you may want your hair and makeup stylists to stay on site to do touchups,” says Glick. “This extra time isn’t included in the standard makeup or hair fees, so if you want to be refreshed before you head to the altar, be sure to budget for a little extra here.”
Food for the Wedding Party
You might have line items for cocktail hour and dinner, but you and your wedding party need to eat during the day too! “Make sure to account for lunch and snacks while you are getting ready,” says Lauren Kuepfer Rozum, owner of LK Events, LLC.
You’ll probably notice a line in some of your vendors’ contracts (particularly for your planner, photographer, videographer, and band) specifying their requirements for vendor meals, so make sure you bring this up with your caterer! Says Rozum, “They’ll be working all day, so you will most likely be contractually obligated to provide dinner for certain vendors.” These usually cost less than the per-head price for your guests but can still add up—especially if you’ve booked a large band.
Delivery, Installation, and Restocking Fees
Read the rest here.