7 Wedding Expenses Couples Forget to Prepare For

Jan 23, 2017

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Weddings are expensive. In fact, a 2015 study done by The Knot showed that couples in the US spent an average of $32,641 on their wedding. If you already have a budget in mind (and you plan to stick to it), make sure to take note of all the possible wedding expenses. To help you avoid unexpected costs, here are 7 wedding expenses couples forget to prepare for.


A single invitation per guest may cost you approximately $2 each in postage – that already includes the notes, stamps, and postcards. While it may not be that much at first look, the postage alone can sum up to hundreds of dollars if you’ve got more than a hundred guests. If you want to avoid spending so much money on postage, consider sending RSVPs online instead.

Hair and makeup trials

Say you’ve already hired someone to do your bridal hair and makeup and you want to make sure it’s all on point; you would need to do a trial run. Doing a trial with your hair and makeup artist days or months before the big event will help you decide which look you’d want to wear down the aisle. However, this can cost you an additional $80 – $250. To make the most out of the expenditure, consider what bridal look you want and prepare photos of the looks you think works best for you.


You’ve got the wedding dress and the tuxedo for your groom already set, but how about the accessories and undergarments? Accessories like the veil, jewelry, an extra pair of shoes, shape wear, and other undergarments such as bras should be considered. For the groom, a matching pair of socks for his tuxedo will do, as well as cuff links, ties, and a pair of shoes.

Extra Décor

Although flowers are very common wedding decors, let’s not forget the non-floral ones like the signage, paper goods for the table to include menus and table numbers, specialty linens, and among many others. Adding these elements can significantly enhance the overall details of your wedding. This is where a floral mock up might be worth the investment so you can visualize what you need and don’t need. Just make sure to find pieces that fit your budget.

Wedding Coordinator

If you courageously planned your own wedding it is imperative, you hand it off at least 60 days prior to a professionally trained Coordinator. This way you can have someone looking over all the details that you trust while you concentrate on getting ready. This way, you can avoid getting stressed out over minor details and fully enjoy your wedding day.

Vendor Meals

Most couples don’t realize they have to feed their vendors a nice hot meal. Most venues and catering companies provide a discounted meal choice even if they are eating the same entrée as the guests. Just remember those vendors who are with you all day need a little break action when things slow down to get reenergized for the big dance party!


Of course, don’t forget to give presents to the people who showed up on your special day, as well as the people who supported and worked to help you achieve a great one. There are plenty of manly groomsmen gifts that your guys will surely love. Furthermore, your bridesmaids will also appreciate something creative and personal. Don’t forget to include your parents in your gift budget as well.

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