“My goal is that every couple, even those on a limited budget, have an elegant wedding day to remember” – Polly Clements
Planning a wedding can cause a couple a lot of stress, and that the same stress escalates by the time they would receive the total charges of the wedding they just had. In planning weddings, whether lavish or simple, a strategic plan must go into budgeting to make sure no couple overspends or they will end up commencing their union swimming in debt. As it is, weddings do have many hidden costs and although Polly Clements has the right sentiment in mind about every couple deserving an elegant wedding they could truly remember, this would hardly be the case if the couple themselves are not meticulous enough to know where their money is going—including the hidden costs they may potentially neglect.
Other charges such as choosing an appropriate wedding menu are apparent enough, but others may not be as conspicuous. To give you a brief illustration of what these potential costs are, this article has enumerated them down below.
This list would include your marriage license which would cost you. This is an essential piece as this would be the most critical thing you would need on your wedding day in order for you and your spouse-to-be to get married. Another pre-wedding cost you might fail to consider is your bachelorette party.
Typically, the maid of honor and your bridesmaids would pick up the tab, but if you are planning an out-of-town excursion or a beach trip, your maid of honor and the bridesmaids would be paying for their own airfare—the least you can do is to pitch in to help alleviate the costs. Lastly, you would need to factor in the paper goods you are going to spend for your wedding invitations and the postage for these should you want them to reach your guests via snail mail.
This list would include items that you are to be setting aside a budget for during the day of your wedding. Typically, this would include a hotel room you would need to book for the night before if you are planning on getting ready in a hotel suite. You would most probably need to book the room for two nights in order to have the morning to get ready and a room to getaway to at night.
Additionally, you would have to spend for the meals your entourage would be having as they will be with you every step of the way on your wedding day. So, make sure they have something to keep their stomachs filled during your big day. Lastly, this should include a backup fund which would cover the costs of things you may have forgotten during the big day. “Wedding brain” is a thing and it can happen even to the most fastidious bride on her wedding day especially if you are not getting ready in your own home. Make sure you have some spare funds to spend for the pair of shoes you may have forgotten, the grooms belt, etc.
COSTS FOR GUESTS
Apart from obviously spending for the catering your guests are to enjoy, there are a lot of other factors you need to take notice of. One of them is their transportation. Naturally, your guests should be responsible as to how to get to and from your wedding, but when they do become too intoxicated to drive home, it should be your concern.
If you cannot assign another guest to take them home, you would have to pitch in for the taxi fare. Another thing is to show your parents your gratitude, you would need to present them with gifts and this will inevitably cost you.
A wedding affair certainly does not carry a cheap price tag and can even be a bit overwhelming with so many hidden costs. However, this would not need to be the case at all times if a couple is wise enough to arm themselves with all the information they need prior to their wedding day.