Monday, May 3, 2010

All Those Extras

Isn't it the best feeling in the world when you're tallying up the last of those wedding costs and you think "We did it!  We figured out how to squeeze everything into our tiny budget!"...  And then the week of the wedding rolls around and you realize how many little extra costs there are and what they add up to.  Don't let yourself get caught in that web of stress- plan ahead and take note of these extra costs that you might not have thought about...

  • Stamps ($0.41 per invitation-- no wait!  You should provide that RSVP envelope stamp for your guests... that's almost an extra dollar per invite!)
  • Tips (limo driver, officiant, makeup, hair and nails, catering crew, bartenders)
  • Additional Decor (centerpieces for the buffet tables and bar, cake table, etc)
  • Vendor Meals (don't forget to feed the photographer, DJ, officiant, etc)
  • Bridesmaid Luncheon (it's generally in good taste to throw a little get-together to show your appreciation to your bridesmaids)
  • Guest Bags (if you have out of town guests, you could provide little snack/goodie bags, but you should at least provide itineraries for the weekend)
  • Alterations (try to work that into the price of the actual dress-- it's generally a good idea to take a package with unlimited alterations, rather than paying for the alterations separately.  You never know how many times they'll need to take it in or let it out!
  • Little accessories (ring bearer pillow, flower girl basket & petals, flowers for bride's hair or cake table if using
  • Disposable cameras for the guest tables
  • Additional prints/ photo albums
  • Thank You Notes
  • Honeymoon (Obviously you already thought of this one!)

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