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10 Easily Forgettable Wedding Costs That Really Add Up

Marriage License

Marriage License

With all of the chaos, it can be easy to forget your marriage license. Nothing is worse than planning everything and realizing your union isn’t legally binding until you get this piece of paper. It may not seem like a huge issue, but some marriage licenses can cost up to $115.

Postage

Postage

If you’re sending wedding invitations by email, then you don’t have to worry about this charge, but if you’re shipping anything by postage, consider the cost. After you purchase the post, remember you’ll also have to pay a minimum of 35 cents per postcard.

Meals Throughout the Day

Meals Throughout the Day

Preparing dinner (or whenever the main meal is) will be the main thing on your mind. That makes it easy to forget about food you'd eat through the day, including your own dinner! You could grab fast food, but even that cuts into your budget. Since weddings are an all day thing, you may need to buy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Alterations

Alterations

If you’re incredibly lucky, the clothing for the wedding will be perfect. Unfortunately, that's probably not what will happen. On average, a bride can expect to spend anywhere from $75 to $250 on alterations for her wedding dress. That doesn't even touch a groom's alteration!

Unexpected Guests

Unexpected Guests

You have a schedule set for 125 guests—no more, no less. That’s probably a bad idea. If everyone attends, you may still have an unexpected guest here or there. Maybe someone couldn’t find a babysitter or a guest brought a last minute date. Prepare for the unexpected and have enough food and welcome gifts for a few extra guests.

Vendor Meals

Vendor Meals

You're wrapped up in getting staff--a DJ, a band, a photographer, a videographer. The last thing on your mind may be feeding all the people you hire. If your wedding lasts more than a few hours, it's courtesy to serve your vendors as well. This is especially true if your event lasts eight hours. 

Extra Décor

Extra Décor

Of course, flowers are included in the budget, but what about everything else? Candles, doilies, and all the extra décor can add up quickly. That can be a major problem if you didn't expect to pay $60 for placemats. Have more funds on hand for the beautiful fall pumpkins you totally forgot to budget for. 

Gratuity

Gratuity

After you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on vendors, the last thing you want to do is tip on top of that, but it’s considered impolite not to do so. If you aren’t sure about gratuity, here is a complete guide on how to tip wedding vendors by Bridal Guide.

Overtime

Overtime

Things happen at weddings that you may not expect, and before you know it, your five-hour wedding is turning into an eight-hour event. You need to plan in the case that you have to pay your staff a little extra in overtime, even if you’re absolutely positive that your timing will not go over.

Yourself

Yourself

With the 125 guests, did you remember to include yourselves? It’s easy to forget about yourself when you’re planning your wedding. It’s your big day, but at the same time, you’re feeding your friends and family. Don’t forget to provide food, gifts, and fun for yourself!