Hidden Wedding Expenses

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Hidden Wedding Expenses

Your Wedding Day is Like a Fantasy, Until the Budget Kicks In

Hidden Wedding Expenses


Your wedding day is like a fantasy, until the reality of budget kicks in. Here are some hidden wedding expenses and how to cut them back or avoid them altogether.


Hidden Wedding Expenses: Postage For your wedding, you will likely mail save the dates, shower invitations, wedding invitations, response cards, thank you cards and more. And many of those mailings may cost more than a normal letter due to weight and size. To reduce the cost of postage, consider using e-vites for showers, rehearsal dinners, and bachelorette parties. To save on stamps for your wedding correspondence, print as much information as possible on your invitation; ceremony and reception on the same paper. Consider using postcards for responses which will lower the weight of the initial mailing and save on the return.


Hidden Wedding Expenses: Cake-service fee: Some reception venues will allow you to bring a cake from your baker, but then charge you a fee for cutting and serving the cake. If they offer a cake as part of the package, they may be willing to waive the fee. Ask and negotiate this before signing the contract.


Hidden Wedding Expenses: Gratuities  As with most service-based industries, it is customary to tip professionals on your wedding day. Before handing out gratuities, verify that they have not been added to your contract in advance.


Hidden Wedding Expenses: Coat Check and Valet Some sites offer coat check and valet service for a fee; often one the bride and groom pick up for their guests. If you are covering the service, inquire if the attendants will be accepting gratuities from your guests. If so, it is not necessary for you to tip an additional amount.


Hidden Wedding Expenses: Desserts If you are serving your wedding cake after dinner, it is not necessary to add an additional dessert. Save your budget by reducing this menu item or ask for a credit towards a late night snack.


Hidden Wedding Expenses: Fitting Fees Unless you find the perfect fit off the rack, you will likely need alterations to your wedding gown. To reduce the number needed, ask your gown consultant to measure you according to manufacturers specifications rather than ordering your usual size. Find out before placing a deposit what the alteration schedule and fee is so you are prepared. If the fees are higher than expected, you may be able to find another seamstress, but check contract language in advance.


Hidden Wedding Expenses: Schedule For Savings Many wedding venues and vendors offer discounts for an off-season, Friday and Sunday weddings. If they don’t offer a straight discount, you may be able to negotiate extra perks; such as more time, dessert offerings or premium packages.
Stash the Goodies: Personalized napkins, matchbooks and other items used to be common wedding supplies. Budget-savvy brides have realized they can forego these items and no one is the wiser.


Hidden Wedding Expenses: Guest Favors Expensive chocolates are sweet, but not as sweet as the savings. It is becoming common to see fewer guest favors; many couples choosing to make a charitable donation and announce it in a picture frame instead. The charity receives support and you save time and money on a quickly forgotten favor. If you still want a guest favor, consider going the DIY route.

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1. Pick Your Wedding Photographer(s)

Whether you want ultra-creative or classic photos, our professional wedding photographers can deliver whatever kind of aesthetic you’re looking for. Each photographer offers their own unique professional approach to wedding photography, and you can pick the right one for you. The photography is just the start of the ultimate wedding package.

2. Pick Your Wedding Videographer(s)

One of the biggest regrets we hear from the over 25,000 couples we have served is that they didn’t get a professional wedding video made. Don’t let that be your regret! Like our photographers, our videographers can create cinematic wedding videos that spotlight your love. Whatever you’re looking for, our videographers will deliver a wedding video that you’ll be able to enjoy for years and share with future generations.

3. Pick Your Wedding DJ & MC

In order to capture photos and videos of the touching, hilarious and memorable moments at your wedding reception, you’re going to need the right music at the right time. The final piece of the ultimate wedding package, our DJs will bring your wedding celebration to the next level. Pick the music, don’t pick the music, create a “do not play list”, or give us no list at all, we’ll get to know you and your guests and construct a playlist that fits just right. But our DJs do more than just play songs, they bring energy to your wedding with engaging announcements, introductions and more.

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