Let’s face it, guys, getting hitched is expensive! Whether you are just starting out on the journey to planning your perfect day or are now feeling like a seasoned pro with your wedding just around the corner, the chances are you have some sort of fantastic, colour coded, all singing, all dancing spreadsheet or software to help you keep track of your budget. However, be warned – whilst most couples will account for the obvious costs, there can often be unexpected bills that crop up that you may not have thought about…here are some of the key things to think about to make sure you don’t get caught short!
Always make sure you know exactly what you are getting! Whilst many stationers will base their price per invitation / save the date / table number etc, it’s really easy for unexpected costs to rack up. Always ask, for example, whether your invitations come with an envelope – not a large expense, granted, but for many couples on a budget, finding a bespoke envelope that matches your invite can add the costs on. Also, think about how you are sending your invitations…electronic versions? No problem…if you’re posting by good old Royal Mail, don’t forget to include the cost of a stamp per invitation.
If your heart is set on that 8 piece jazz band from Cornwall performing at your wedding in Suffolk, keep in mind that mileage and often hotel expenses may apply. Always check what rates for travel are with any supplier that you use – most offer a complimentary number of miles but after that, it all comes out of your pocket and again, the costs can rack up very quickly. If you can, always work with suppliers that are close to you venue to save unnecessary expense.
Lots of venues will offer a fixed price or a price per person, but again, keep in mind that additional costs may apply. For example, if you would like to extend the party and have a late licence, additional charges will apply. It’s important to know exactly what is included in any kind of package you book, for example, will the wedding breakfast area be provided in a dressed condition with chair covers, centrepieces etc or do you need to add these costs on top of the price you have already been quoted?
The food and drink
One of the most important parts of any wedding day but sadly, one of the most expensive! Again, always be sure about what you will receive with any kind of package that you book – many venues will offer a set menu but will then make a charge for items or courses to be substituted. Plenty of places will allow you to take your own booze but then a corkage charge is applied, which again, can increase the bill very quickly! Also consider other ways to keep these costs down – having a hog roast, bbq, even pizza will be far more cost effective than a full sit-down meal and much more relaxed too!
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