The average cost of a typical wedding is approximately $30,000. It is important to stick to a realistic budget. Unfortunately, there are a few hidden costs that can ruin your estimates. We love weddings here at Schupepe and given that we work side by side with many wedding vendors, we’ve decided to let you all in on a few industry secrets. Here are hidden wedding expenses to consider when planning your wedding budget.
BUDGET FOR BEAUTY
I’m sure you have already set aside money for your hair and makeup on the actual day of your wedding, but you will probably want at least one trial before the day itself. Don’t forget that you may want a mani/pedi or a spray tan as well. If you trust your beautician, then by all means, forego the trial, but if not, you could get the services done on the day of your engagement party, bridal shower, or hen’s night.
PAYING FOR POSTAGE & PAPER GOODS
You will be surprised just how much paper goods a wedding requires. Don’t use up all of your money on save-the-dates and invitations! You will need to think about menu cards, place cards, escort cards, thank you cards and programs. You are going to need postage for many of the things above as well! Skip the fancy stamps or bulky invitations and try to keep it simple.
ACCOUNT FOR ALTERATIONS
Most wedding dresses will not fit perfectly, which means that it will require some type of alteration. You may need the gown hemmed, taken in or let out, or adding straps, etc. Most stores don’t account for alterations in the wedding gown price, so you will need to make sure you have some extra money set aside for the seamstress. It is always best to ask ahead of time and if the store charges too much for alterations, take your wedding gown somewhere else to get altered.
OUT-OF-POCKET FOR OVERTIME
The majority of your vendors are getting paid for a specific amount of time. Don’t forget that you will get charged by the hour if your wedding runs over the allotted time. The great thing about having an outdoor marquee wedding is that there are no time limits as far as the venue is concerned; however, vendors such as DJ’s, photographers, and videographers will expect to get paid for their time. It is best to be aware of these costs ahead of time and find out if they expect to get paid on the spot!
THE COST OF CLEAN-UP
Most couples focus so much on the day itself that they forget about having to clean up when it is over. If you are not renting out a full-service venue, you will need to keep this in mind. This is where your friends come in handy! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, your friends don’t want to see you cleaning up the rubbish on one of the most special days of your life.
The bottom line is that there are going to be unexpected costs for even the most well-planned wedding. Make sure you and your partner have an “other fund” to account for the little things that will pop up. Happy couples can begin their life together on a financially savvy note if they simply prepare for the unexpected.
If you are planning your outdoor marquee wedding, contact Schupepe today for your free onsite visit before all of our tents are booked out for the season!