6 Unexpected Wedding Costs That Always Surprise Couples

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For most couples, tying the knot can be a HUGE expense. Even if you’re lucky enough to have your wedding covered or supplemented by your parents or other family members, watching those bills come in can be extremely intimidating. While you won’t be able to alleviate ALL the pain associated with such a hefty total, it helps to know exactly what you’re getting into from the get-go.

Find out how much the average wedding costs here!

This article from Time does a great job of revealing the hidden wedding costs that most brides have zero idea about when they say “Yes!” to the love of their life. Even though it can be scary to read about these unexpected wedding costs, learning about them NOW is waaaaaay better than later.

1. Welcome Bag Distribution Fee

Yes. Hotels will often charge you (up to $7) to deliver those cute wedding welcome bags to your guests’ rooms. We suggest having the front desk hand them to guests when they check instead.

2. Service Charges and Gratuities

Wedding venues will often charge a “service” fee on the facility rental and/or the final food and beverage total. Even though it sounds like a tip, it’s not always…so double check with your venue before you sign on the dotted line. (Find out how much to tip wedding vendors here). And while it’s not mentioned in the Time article, another HUGE cost that most couples forget to budget for are taxes! This can add THOUSANDS of dollars to your venue and catering bill depending on your final total.

3. Overtime Charges

This is a BIG one, according to Shai Tertner, founder and president of Shiraz Events. “I know of cases where a venue would charge $1,000 to $2,000 per hour for overages, if not negotiated otherwise,” he said. “Read the fine print… it should be negotiated before signing the contract so they don’t end up paying.” Also remember that musicians, photographers, and other vendors will most likely have to be paid overtime fees as well, so find this ALL out before you finalize your budget.

See the full list here.

Are there any unexpected wedding costs you’ve encountered planning your wedding?

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