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Unexpected Expenses That Blow Up Your Wedding Budget (part 2)

Unexpected Expenses That Blow Up Your Wedding Budget (part 2)

Last week, we shared the first part of things to consider to avoid unexpected expenses during your wedding. Are you ready for the second part?

There’s a saying, “Knowing the enemy is half the battle” and in this case, it is still very true. When we know the things that blow up our wedding budget, we prepare ourselves and find ways to avoid the problem.

Church, Baggio Italy, unexpected expenses

10. Documentations

Securing copies of government and church documents have corresponding prices. You may also need to pay for the seminars.

11. Personal Effects

Any bride and groom will want to look and feel their best in their probably most photographed day of their lives. You will find it necessary to have trips to your dentist, salon and spa. Expect to spend for your hair color, grooming, manicure and pedicure, contact lenses, facials, teeth cleaning/whitening, etc.

While really not necessary, some also find the need to buy new shoes, belt, earrings, watch, cufflinks, undergarments, body-shapers, etc.

12. Accessories for the Ceremony

Most couturiers already include the cord, coins, and bible in their contract. But others don’t. Do check. But you may need to buy the matches/torches/lighters and candles. For Catholic ceremonies, offertory items are also care of the bride and groom. For Non-Catholic Christian rites, please check with your pastor if you are doing the unity candles, unity sand, etc.

13. Gifts

Do remember to give presents to your principal sponsors. You may also opt to surprise your bride or groom with a gift. Others want to also give something to their bridal entourage.

14. Meetings

If your suppliers are professionals and are a product of careful research, you need not meet all of them prior the wedding day. If you do, it is always a good gesture to offer them food, or at least drinks. Believe us, happy & grateful suppliers give more of themselves on the wedding day. Please consider such incidentals in your budget – it’s worth feeding them and making them feel that your wedding is not a business transaction.

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Photo by Dominic Barrios Photography

15. Printables & Paper/Stationery

Here are some items which may need printing and/or stationery:

  • Missalette/Ceremony Flow
  • Place Cards
  • Gift Tags
  • Gift Wrappers

Related expenses include ribbons, inks, boards, pens, markers, etc.

16. Props and Prizes for the Games

If you are having games or raffles in your reception program, do not forget to reward the winners with tokens or gifts.

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17. Transportation

During your wedding preparations, expect that you will be on the road so much more than your usual. Do allot an allowance in your budget for your gas, tolls, parking, meals, etc.

And that completes our list of things to take note of which could blow up your wedding budget.
Do you have anything to add to the list? Share your experiences with us.

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  • Interesting information! I had never thought about some of these items and how they can add up. I have had friends save money on their weddings by having a friend do hair or makeup. Sometimes I wonder why people spend so much, but of course it is a special day!

  • There are so many costs that I never thought of. I think the extra things like you said getting your hair done or your nails done are the hard ones to add into your budget but that can certainly add up. I love the quote that knowing your enemy is half the battle. Your brides and grooms are lucky to have you to look out for them!

  • Transportation can involve increased costs, especially if the wedding is an international one and even if the guests will buy their own plane tickets, someone will need to pick them up from the airport. And as we know, airport rides can be very expensive. Also, there are the people that can’t drive, that you will need to provide transport for from the church to the reception location.

  • Wedding has been expensive and stressful as pre-nup, reception and all pre and post stuff in the wedding has been added. Nevertheless, keep in love until and after the wedding. Value more the people who will be with you on this memorable day.

  • There could also be unexpected expenses when one or more suppliers are not able to deliver on time 🙂 When that happens, the alternatives are often more expensive.

  • Wedding preparation can be real expensive especially if we havent made any initial plan. It would help a lot if on the first meeting with a coordinator, the couple would lay their plans and expectations and the wedding coordination, on the other hand, will listen carefully, give suggestions if needed. Though tiring and expensive, it would be worth the effort im sure.

  • Your list is amazing ! Every couple should get that as a free download or so , from the town hall when submitting the documents. It could avoid a lot of sorrows and disappointments. I am still not married , that for there are so many things on your list , I would never had thought of . Expensive ‘party’ 🙂

  • Nice tips! I had a very small and private wedding so I didn’t do most of these ideas. Lovely thoughts though! I’m sure it will aid other people In planning their dream wedding!

  • Oh I know what you mean! I remember when we finished counting up what we had spent on the wedding, we could have bought put down a first payment on an apartment or even got a pretty nice car! The party lasted 24 hours and it was insane and we spent so much!

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    Yeah my budget also blown up on my wedding last April. You’re right about this. 70% of our plan didn’t work out and blown up a little more just to make it happen.

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