So that you don't get a shock when it comes to your wedding budget, we've listed five important hidden wedding costs that we think you should be aware of
Besides your overall wedding venue package, your wedding attire, transport, cake, favours, entertainment and honeymoon, you may come across hidden extras when it comes to planning and budgeting for your wedding. To ensure you don’t come face to face with un-expected wedding costs, we’ve come up with five hidden wedding costs that you may not yet be aware of when it comes to planning your big day.
Most wedding venues, including Bijou, will ask you for a security deposit upon confirming your wedding date. This usually guarantees your date, and is held against any unforeseen occurrences that may happen on or during your wedding celebration. You’ll more than likely get the money back once your wedding has come to an end, but you should be aware that this is a chunk of money due up front, at the beginning of your wedding planning. You may not have to pay your full security deposit up front when booking your wedding venue initially, and you may have a cooling off period if you all of a sudden change your mind. Ensure you know the specific details about paying your wedding venue deposit before you exchange any money.
You’ll probably be spending thousands of pounds when it comes to your wedding celebration, so to protect your financial ‘wedding’ out-goings, it’s worth spending a tiny fraction of the cost of your wedding on wedding insurance. There are various wedding insurance companies out there, but do your research in advance so that you know exactly what is being covered when it comes to the big day.
Sending your Invites
The cost of a first class stamp is now over 60p, not to mention the price if you’re sending wedding invites to friends and family abroad. When added up, the cost of sending out your wedding invitations can be quite expensive. Ensure this cost falls under your ‘stationery’ allowance when totting up your wedding budget. Alternatively, consider sending your invitations second class or even electronically.
Before booking a wedding photographer, make sure you know exactly what you’re going to receive with your package. Some photographers will take photos throughout your day and then you buy the photographs you want at the end of it, and others may offer you an entire package with an album and disc included. Avoid getting a potentially expensive surprise once your wedding is over! Communicate with your photographer throughout your wedding planning and ensure you know what you’re going to receive at the end of it.
Dry Cleaning your Wedding Dress
Your wedding dress should be the most incredible gown you’ll ever wear, however, if you plan on keeping it forever, or at least until you’re able to hand it down, you’ll need to ensure that it stays in pristine condition. A dry cleaner that specialises in wedding dresses should be able to do a great job, but will certainly come at a cost. Be sure to ask how much dry cleaning your wedding dress will cost before you commit to anything.
Additional wedding costs you might want to think about:
- The registrar, once you’ve checked that they are available on your chosen date (if you choose to have a civil ceremony)
- Duplicate copies of your marriage certificate (they aren’t expensive but you may need more than one copy in the future and the registrar will need to be aware of this well in advance)
- Church bells (they’ll sound amazing after your church ceremony)
- Gifts for your wedding party and parents (if they are contributing towards paying for your big day)
- Groomswear hire/deposit
- Wedding dress/bridesmaids dress alterations
- Food/meals for your photographer or any supplier that will be at your wedding with you
- Corkage, if you’ve chosen a venue that allows you to bring in your own alcohol
- Wedding night hotel room if this isn’t already included in your package
- Hen and stag party celebrations