11 Unexpected Wedding Expenses to Keep in Mind When Planning Your Budget

Sticking to your decided budget is a tricky part of a wedding planning – especially when there are several hidden costs. If you’re setting for your wedding budget, do not forget to include those pesky unexpected expenses. There are so many things to juggle when planning your wedding budget that it becomes obvious for unexpected costs to slip through cracks.

Even with the best planning, it is hard to account for every little detail, especially things that you don’t include in your plan or you suppose someone else will pay for. While making your wedding budget, remember that there is more than your wedding venue, outfits, food, and drinks. Here is a list of no-to-forget wedding costs you must know about.

1. Marriage License

The most essential expense is the wedding license and most couples forget to include it in their wedding budget. The cost of application fees ranges from $25 to $100 depending on your state. No matter where you’re getting married or how many guests are attending, a marriage license is a must to make your “I do” official.

2. Postage

Buying invitation and save-the-date cards are hard to miss out but don’t forget to account for the cost of stamps that you need to mail them to your guests. The total cost depends on the quantity, size, and weight of your envelope. If you are using thick paper or wraps, make sure to check with your local post office to discover if you require extra postage.

3. Day-Of Stationary

So you’ve set aside an appropriate amount for your thank you cards, save-the-dates, and invitations, what about the paper good your need for your actual wedding ceremony. Things such as ceremony programs, table numbers, framed signs, menus, escort cards, etc. are included in your stationery budget.

4. Alterations

The most common mistake most brides make is spending their entire fashion budget on their wedding dress. It is understood that the wedding gown is the most precious clothing piece and every bride wants to have the best dress to look gorgeous on her big day. But, don’t forget about alteration charges. Take ample time to research prices on different platforms and make a smart decision.

5. Undergarments and Other Accessories

Along with alterations, undergarments and other accessories are important parts of your fashion budget. Think about lingerie, veil, garter, jewelry, hairpieces, shoes, clutch, and other items and include them into your predefined fashion budget. Ensure to budget enough money to fulfil all your needs and get ready to feel like a queen.

6. Your Rehearsal Dinner

A rehearsal dinner is a pre-wedding event, usually held the night before the wedding ceremony and after the wedding rehearsal. It can be an exorbitant affair depending on your guest list. Besides the beverage and food cost, you may have to spend to reserve a dining space at a venue, hotel, or restaurant.

7. Transportation

After considering the venue costs, you need to consider the transportation charges you will have to pay to get there. Research to determine the charges for both air and the on-road journey you will have while traveling to your wedding venue.

8. Taxes & Service Fees

Taxes and service fees can add up more than your expectations. Some venues charge extra to offer items such as candles, audio equipment, and allowing for outside drinks, foods, or cake. Vendors charge different fees for different services. If you don’t want to spend extra, be sure to read the contract thoroughly before signing the dotted line.

9. Tips & Gratuities 

Some wedding packages and contracts may include tips and gratuities. If not, keep a little extra amount to tip the hair stylists, makeup artists, bartenders, wedding planner, attendants, cake delivery team, and servers.

10. Thank You Gifts

Showing appreciation to your relatives and friends who serve as bridesmaids and groomsmen in the wedding ceremony sometimes takes more than just words. If you want to thank your closed ones with a thoughtful present, leave a room your wedding budget for the same.

11. Overtime Charges

Despite all your possible attempts to cover every single detail in your wedding budget, it is always recommended to have a small room of money just in case you go overtime. Check your package to know the overtime charges of your wedding venue and vendors to have a backup plan.

Before finalizing your wedding budget, review these unexpected expenses to ensure you’ve got everything covered. Most experts recommend allocating 10% of your total wedding budget to cover unexpected costs. To avoid running out of your budget later, don’t be afraid of asking questions if something doesn’t seem right or if you’re not sure about any costs.