You want the perfect wedding day, and you have saved and negotiated hard to get it. That is why it is vital that you don’t let unexpected and hidden costs jeopardize your budget. Leaving you with less than you expected to spend on the important things. With this in mind, read on to find out more about some of the most common hidden costs to pay out for when getting married, and how you can deal with them.
Corkage is the fee that the venue you are using will charge you to open and serve alcohol that you provide. Now, you may be looking at this and thinking, well, we can let the venue provide the beverages and then we don’t have to worry about this fee!
However, many couples choose to go down the corkage route because they can actually save a lot of money this way. The reason being that it is possible to get some great deals when you bulk buy beverages, and even if you add this to the fees the venue will charge you to serve them it can be cheaper than going for their own prepaid packages.
It is vital though that you know how much your venue will charge for corkage on each drink or bottle of wine. Otherwise, it can easily get left out of your budget calculation, and when you come to settle the bill after the wedding, you will be left with a nasty surprise.
One of the most common costs that are not accounted for in wedding budgets are the deposits. Most vendors ask for before the big day. Yes, these do get taken off the end balance. But it can be tough to pay out large amounts before you have had the time to save.
Some brides are lucky, and their parents can help out with these costs, or they can rely on their savings. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to put money down to reserve a crucial vendor such as a caterer or band for your wedding, take a look at what personal loan companies have on offer regarding borrowing. Then you can get that vendor booked, and pay the loan off as you increase your savings over time.
As the bride getting your accessory like jewelry, shoes, and a veil is likely to be high on the list of your priorities. Unfortunately, it’s also likely that you will find that your bridal party wants some additional things as well. Whether this is something to wear in their hair, a decorated sash, or a cover-up in case it gets cold.
If you have a large bridal party, this is something that can run into quite a lot of money. If you haven’t already accounted for it can easily jeopardize your budget.
Get around this by being very clear with your bridesmaids at the beginning on what you will pay for, and what they will have to pay for themselves. As well as the maximum budget there is per person. Then they will know if they want anything extra it will be there own responsibility to pay for it. And it will stop such cost eating into the budget for your big day.