They’re not exactly “hidden”, it’s just that you’re not automatically going to consider them as part of the budget. Sort of how your $5 latte at the cool coffee shop down the street is actually $5.45 with tax. Or, how you have tickets to Disneyland, but you still have to pay to park ($20), and eat (~$30 per person if you’ve already had breakfast). Here’s eight things that I’ve noticed takes my couples by surprise, with a resounding reply of “Oh, yeah, huh?”:
- 1. Tax and Service – Just about everything and everyone that you purchase or hire for your wedding is going to come with tax. Catering and bartending are going to add a service charge on top of that. Here in Los Angeles, that can add as much as 30% to her final costs.
- 2. Delivery and Setup fees – Rentals, flowers, your cake.
- 3. Including yourselves in the final meal count – People forget to do this all the time! Just put the both you on your guest list spreadsheet now.
- 4. Including your vendors in the meal count – anyone who’s going to be working during your wedding reception needs to be fed. Some of them -like your photographer, videographer, and, uh, your wedding coordinator – bring assistants with them. Ask and count them up.
- 5. Stamps – I’m coordinating a wedding next month with 400 guests. Between 175-200 invitations. Stamps are 70 cents each, plus 49 cents for the RSVP cards (they went old school). So, roughly $200.
- 6. Marriage License – In California, marriage licenses start at $85, plus $15 to have it mailed to you. Bonus Tip: Pay the extra to have it mailed to you.
- 7.Hotel room for the night before your wedding – You have to stay the night before in order to be there in the morning to get dressed and ready. If you want to stay in a suite on your wedding night, most hotels will be happy to transport all of your things while you’re gone. But get a room the night before.
- 8. Transportation – How are you and your wedding party getting from point A to point B? And then back again? Shuttle, separate cars, Uber/Lyft? How much is it, and who’s paying? What about parking? Plan it out and add it up.
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See you at the end of the aisle,