Some wedding costs may be forgotten on your budget! Don't let any of these items escape your budget.

Making a budget when planning a wedding can help you manage your money and your stress load. Creating a defined plan of what you need to buy, how much, and at what cost can help make you decide what wedding dreams can become realities. But some things may have been forgotten while creating your budget. It can be hard to remember all of the small details when you’re focusing on gowns, cakes, and flowers galore! Here are a few things you may have missed when creating your wedding budget.  

Wedding Costs You Probably Forgot in Your Budget

September 20, 2016

Some wedding costs may be forgotten on your budget! Don't let any of these items escape your budget.

Making a budget when planning a wedding can help you manage your money and your stress load. Creating a defined plan of what you need to buy, how much, and at what cost can help make you decide what wedding dreams can become realities. But some things may have been forgotten while creating your budget. It can be hard to remember all of the small details when you’re focusing on gowns, cakes, and flowers galore! Here are a few things you may have missed when creating your wedding budget.

Cost of Stamps


You definitely remembered to put save-the-dates and invitations on the list, but did you remember to add the cost of stamps to your budget? It’s a small detail but the costs can add up quickly. If you’re inviting 150 guests and send them save-the-dates, invitations, and postage-paid RSVPs, you’re looking at a cost of over $200 just for regular postage stamps!

Alterations and Accessories


Alterations and accessories made the budget, but you may not have made it big enough. According to WeddingStats.org, the average cost of wedding dress alterations is around $219. Keep in mind that alterations can go much higher than this, sometimes as much as $500 or more! Don’t forget to add in the cost of accessories, such as a veil, which can cost anywhere from $100 to $350+! When shopping for dresses, ask how much their alterations usually run, so you have a ballpark price to factor in.  Also keep in mind alterations range in price depending on type, so understanding what alterations you will need ahead of time will help you figure out the final cost.

Up-charge on Catering


You would think that cutting down your guest list would help save on catering costs, but this could be false. Catering companies work on an economy of scale, meaning the more they produce, the cheaper per person cost. Pairing down the guest list may increase the food cost, so be careful! Caterers generally base their costs on at least 150 guests, so ask if they have a minimum guest count when looking at their price list. These questions can also help you find out any other hidden costs that may surprise you and your budget.

Vendor Travel and Delivery Charges


If your wedding is a little out of the way in regards to location, you may have to pay travel or delivery fees to your vendors. If your venue is 30 minutes away or more from the area your vendor serves, you may have to pay a certain fee per mile or a base travel cost. When you meet with prospective businesses, ask what their delivery radius is and if there are any extra fees to deliver to your venue. Make sure to bring this up with the florist, caterer, cake maker, DJ, photographer or any other business that may need to travel or deliver to your wedding. You may be able to minimize these costs by picking items up yourself.

Creating a budget involves a lot of information, and with the facts above in mind, you’ll be able to make a budget that covers all the details. It can be easy to get swept away in all of the details of planning a wedding. Find more tips about how to plan for the big day and the life changes it brings here.

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