In an effort to curb spending, you and your partner have thought of the elements that you really want for your wedding and dropped the things you can live without. You can’t wait to bring the vision to life and cross your fingers that your vision matches your budget.
You finally hash out the big ticket items—like food and the wedding dress—to create a budget that you and your fiancé can stick to. But, there may be a few little details that can add up to big bucks once the final bill comes in for your special day. So, before you finalize your budget, don’t forget these 13 wedding costs that can really bust your budget!
1. Photo Printing
It can be hard enough to find the wedding photographer of your dreams for the right price, let alone the extra cost of actually printing your pictures for albums and thank you cards.
Many photographers only include online galleries in their photography packages and charge extra for physical copies. Or, your photographer may have similar wedding packages that include printing, but watch out – the mark up might be substantial. You can do your own printing at many chain stores or online for much less.
2. Taxes and Tips
When looking for reception venues, make sure to take into account how much it will cost per plate with taxes and tips. Some venues also charge a flat gratuity fee, so be sure to inquire before you book a venue.
3. Cake Cutting and Corkage Fees
Along with taxes and tips, corkage and cake cutting fees should be added to your costs when shopping around for a reception venue. Some venues can charge up to $10 per slice to cut and serve the cake and up to $100 for a corkage fee!
Accessories are almost always considered, but rarely fully accounted for in a wedding budget. Before shopping for all of the elements that will pull your entire look together, budget how much you are willing to spend for your complete wedding outfit. Veils, shoes, undergarments, wedding night lingerie, jewelry, wedding garters, hair accessories, and additional embellishments can add up to the same cost (or more) than your dress itself.
And don’t forget the groom: he has a tie, pocket square, shoes, belt, cufflinks, and potentially a cummerbund to consider too.
5. Wedding Day Meals
Getting ready the day of your wedding can be an exciting and hectic time. If you choose to stay in a hotel the night before you wedding, it may be a nice treat to have breakfast delivered to your room so you don’t have to worry about tracking down food.
Another part of your day to make sure you have food or snacks is after your ceremony when pictures are being taken. You don’t want anyone in your bridal party getting “hangry” and looking grumpy during photos.
6. Overtime Costs
So, your wedding night is a total blast and everyone is having a great time, but the DJ or live band is only booked until midnight. What are you to do?
Before you book any entertainment, ask if they are willing to go overtime. If they are, be sure to ask how much it will cost per hour and include it in your budget. If the party doesn’t feel like it should stop, be prepared to pay some extra cash for the services.
7. Outfits for Pre-Wedding Events
You won’t be wearing your wedding dress to your engagement party or bachelorette party, so be sure to include these outfits in your wedding planning. To save, plan ahead and shop around to get the best deals. You can even scout for coupon codes online too.
8. An Extra Round of Alterations and Trials
You have envisioned your total bridal look – your dress fits your body perfectly and you feel absolutely gorgeous. You’ve finally settled on an idea for your hair and makeup, and can’t wait to get a trial.
Hopefully all goes well during the first round of trials and alterations, but there is a possibility that you’ll have to go back two or more times to feel great about your final look. Perhaps the makeup you envisioned doesn’t quite work on your face and you changed your mind about the hairstyle. Or, maybe you want your dress to be cinched just a little bit tighter at the waist. These things alone can add up to hundreds of dollars.
9. The Marriage License
You’ll definitely want to include your marriage license in your budget. This is the bread and butter of your wedding – the marriage itself! A marriage license typically does not cost a huge amount, but it can add a few extra dollars to the bottom line.
10. Gifts for Parents and Wedding Party
You’ll want to show your appreciation for the wonderful people in your life that have helped make your day so special. They’ve listened to all of your ideas while planning your day, been your rock when you felt overwhelmed, and will almost guarantee have to pull some strings behind the scenes so you don’t stress on your own wedding day.
Gifts of course don’t have to be expensive, but even a small personalized memento to show your gratitude can add a few extra dollars to your budget.
11. The Little Extras
Though welcome packages for out of town guests and cute bridal party proposals aren’t necessary, they can add a personal touch to your wedding.
If you choose to do something special for your out of town guests, hotels can charge a delivery fee for welcome packages to be delivered to your guests’ rooms. This can be charged as a flat fee or charged per package.
For bridal proposals, there are many DIY ideas that you can do yourself if you want to be cost effective. Still, everything costs money so make sure to add these as a line item in your budget planning.
12. Dry Cleaning and Dress Storage
Just when you think your wedding and the cost of it is over, you drop of your dress for dry cleaning and find that most dry cleaners charge a premium for wedding dresses. Some dry cleaners may also provide the option to preserve your dress in a nice box or chest for an extra fee.
Outdoor DIY Wedding
Hive member BeautyofDreams and her husband were wed in a gorgeous purple, cream, and green outdoor DIY wedding.
We are now opening this series up to nominations, so if you’ve seen a wedding on the Weddingbee boards that you think would be perfect for this series, send an email to guest (at) weddingbee (dot) com with a link to the recap thread you want to nominate, or you can directly PM Mrs. Mouse with your nomination.
Weddingbee username: BeautyofDreams
Venue: Belmont Manor
City: Elkridge, Maryland
Wedding Date: August 13, 2016
Bridal Gown Designer: Tara Keely
Florist: Flower Bud Florals
Photographer: Amy O Photography
Videographer: This Day Fwd
Cakes: Cakes by Cynthia
Wedding Coordinator: Wild Lillies Events
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal Vera Wang collection
Honeymoon: Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort
So, you said yes to the ring, but will he say yes to his? You might be surprised at the many styles, shapes, colors and materials there for your man’s wedding ring. It can be overwhelming, but we’ve got just the guide for you to help you find the right band for your man.
If he buys you roses on a monthly basis, leaves sweet notes for you on your snow-covered windshield, and calls you his “soulmate,” then your guy is probably a romantic. Not only should you consider yourself lucky, but also you should consider that his wedding ring might mean as much to him as yours means to you.
For this special type of man, you’ll want to find something in gold, silver, or platinum – all of which are sturdy materials with more charm than materials such steel, titanium, or tungsten.
Once you choose your metal, you have to choose a style. There are many styles that would appeal to an enchanting man like yours; we recommend a court shape or a D-shape with a thinner band. Both of which have rounded outside edges that give it a much more romantic look.
Last of all, you’ll want to consider some sort of gem to set right in the center of the band or perhaps a lovey-dovey engraving on the inside. Remember, keep it elegant, but simple for those romantic boys.
Whether he is scaling a jagged cliff, kayaking down precarious rapids, or surfing in the Pacific, your suitor is definitely an adventurer. It’s time to think outside the box with this one.
You don’t want something made of metal, even if it happens to be a tough metal like tungsten. You’ll want something that will suit his adventurous lifestyle. That means it needs to be comfortable, flexible, and accommodating. With all that in mind, there’s only one way to go for this guy – silicone.
Silicone bands are becoming a much more popular choice nowadays for men’s wedding bands. They can definitely provide a more casual, masculine look, but they are also a lighter and cheaper option, which is great if your groom also tends to lose things. Silicone bands are meant for an active lifestyle and are meant to protect his fingers through all his wild journeys. These can be purchased online or at your local sporting goods store.
The Sc-Fi Superhero Guy
He may be your own personal protector or just a comic book enthusiast. Either way, the superhero look is a fun alternative to the traditional men’s wedding ring. Believe it or not, there are many online shops that sell Batman rings, Superman rings, or Spiderman rings.If comic book characters aren’t really his thing, there are always “Star Wars” character rings or “Lord of the Rings” replicas.
A simple online search can steer you in the right direction for finding the perfect engraving for this kind of guy. Don’t hesitate to be a little silly; it’s okay to think outside of the box.
The Tough Guy
No need to describe this kind of man any further, but let’s just say he is quite the opposite of the romantic. A narrow, rounded ring is not a good choice for this macho man. He is going to need something far sturdier and more masculine.
Titanium, tungsten, and steel are the materials that would suit your groom in this case. He needs something with a thicker, wider band that will match his unyielding personality. Generally speaking, tungsten is a great way to go no matter what the shape, style, or color. Though, all these materials are meant to last and give off a macho vibe.
If your man is all about recycling, green peace, and protecting the environment, then your future groom is a naturalist. Considering he is eco-friendly, he will need a ring that is eco-friendly too. Rings made entirely of wood are a great alternative for the metal rings that we are all used to.
There are several websites that provide these types of rings. They are hand-engraved, come in a variety of styles, and are lightweight. And even better, because no tree is the same, no two wooden wedding bands will ever be the same either, suggesting to your man that he is truly one-of-a-kind. These rings are entirely recyclable and pleasing to the environment. He will not be disappointed.
The ‘Not-a-Ring-Wearer’ Guy
If you plan on marrying a man who swears he will never wear his wedding ring, whether he is uncomfortable wearing one or he knows he will lose it, there is an option for him as well. One trend that is growing more and more popular is having your wedding band actually tattooed right onto your ring finger. It is a fun alternative to escaping the burden of wearing the ring each day and the worry of keeping track of it. It is also a romantic notion to have your ring permanently inked on your finger, symbolizing your eternal love.
Of course, the designs and styles are endless. Find any design, word, or phrase that means something to the both of you and you’re ready to start the process. Make sure you find a tattoo parlor you can trust; they are forever after all.
As we all know, every man is unique. After all, those special qualities that only he has made you fall in love with him in the first place. So, take the extra time to find the perfect ring that will match his personality and his lifestyle. Your groom deserves to know how much you care about him; his wedding band is perfect place to start
Blush Vera Wang Bridesmaids Dress
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Bride Getting Ready
The morning of the wedding was so exciting. I woke up with four of my bridesmaids in the room with me, and they all went for breakfast. And I slept for half an hour more! I am not a morning person, and I knew it wouldn’t change on the morning of our wedding! I had them save me a spot at the breakfast table, and took my sweet time coming down. I knew that I would also spend most of the day with people beside me, so the little time in the morning I got to nap and shower and be alone was nice. I am a people person, but even so, sometimes you just need a few minutes to be alone! I sent Mr. Dove a text to remind him we were getting married, just in case he forgot.
All photos by Frame Studio Photography, unless stated
He also misplaced his vows, which turned up a week later in our master bathroom. Good thing he had typed them and printed them so he could just print another copy!
A wedding registry is a traditional component of tying the knot. It is right up there with cake tasting, bachelorette parties, and photo shoots. However, a wedding registry isn’t for everyone. Sure, it is nice to receive the exact items on your wish list. But if you’re trying to live a clutter-free lifestyle, a registry might seem like the last thing you need. This is especially true if you and your future spouse have already accumulated the basics.
Thankfully, it is not imperative to create a wedding registry full of towels and teacups. You can certainly request alternative wedding gifts through a non-traditional registry. Not sure where to start? Consider these three unconventional wedding registry ideas.
1. Honeymoon Fund
It goes without saying that saving up for a honeymoon is quite the process. And when you’re planning a full wedding celebration, paying for a honeymoon on top of that might seem a bit daunting. The bills and receipts can quickly stack up. Fortunately, there is a way to help fund your romantic getaway. It’s all about changing the type of registry you create.
Instead, opt for a honeymoon fund. This type of registry is aimed specifically for typical honeymoon expenses. Much like a traditional registry, guests can visit a website page and contribute money. However, instead of gifting you with another set of stainless steel pots, they can send you funds to make your dream honeymoon a reality.
Think of it this way: your honeymoon might be just as important as your wedding. It is the period after a wedding that you and your new partner can intimately celebrate. It also gives you a chance to unwind after the stress of hosting a wedding. Plus, who doesn’t love a good getaway with someone they love?
There are a number of brilliant platforms offer registries specifically designed for funding a honeymoon. Alternatively, you can simply opt out of creating any type of registry. If so, you will likely receive a mix of money and gifts. You can then take the gifted funds and put them toward your honeymoon savings.
Remember, you do not necessarily have to embark on your honeymoon the day after your wedding. Some couples decide to postpone their honeymoon due to scheduling or financial reasons. If you decide to wait to take your honeymoon, be sure to take the money you are gifted and set it aside in a separate bank account. This will ensure that you do not touch the money until it is time to officially plan your romantic getaway.
2. Charity Donations
If you love to give back to your community, consider asking for charity donations in place of wedding gifts. This is an excellent way to support an organization that you care about. Likewise, the organization can be a company that you have worked with. It might even support a cause that has personally impacted you, your future spouse, or a loved one.
By getting your guests involved, you are sharing a piece of your life (and heart) with them. Additionally, it will feel great to know that you are using your celebration as a platform for making a difference. It proves that all it takes is imagination and creativity.
If you do not have a specific charity in mind, take some time to do some research. Remember, Google is your friend. It is important to carefully select a charity that you truly support. In a way, this charity will represent the beliefs of you and your spouse.
Think of your mutual interests. For example, if you and your honey are animal lovers, choose a local animal shelter or rescue foundation. If both of you love art, find an organization that provides creative therapy services for hospital patients. Once you agree on a charity organization, those donations will be that much more meaningful.
To ask your guests for donations, indicate a “no gift” policy on the invitation or wedding website. State that, in place of gifts, guests can send donations to a specific charity. Provide the name and address of the organization. Include the name that the checks should be addressed to. If donations are accepted online, include the URL for the specific page. By making it easy for your guests, they will be more likely to pay it forward and donate to the charity of your choice.
3. Future Home Fund
Like a honeymoon, planning a future home is a common task of post-marriage life. Some couples begin planning their future home before the wedding day even comes around. After all, a home is a meaningful, important part of a long-term relationship. This presents another opportunity for another non-traditional registry idea.
Set up a home registry fund on one of many websites. These platforms give you the tools needed to create a registry specifically targeted toward building or buying a new home as a newly married couple. Any of your loved ones who add funds to the registry will feel great knowing that they are playing a significant role in creating your new life together. It also beats collecting more knick-knacks for a home that you don’t have yet. Instead, this option will help you solidify the foundation of your future with each other.
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