It is universal knowledge that weddings aren’t cheap! The average cost of a wedding in 2016 was $35,329! With in that cost most people immedialty think of venue, dress, and food. Those tend to be the things that people assume will be the most about of money, but that actually isn’t entirely true! There are so many small costs and hidden cost that you will come across as you start budgeting out your wedding. Here is a list of 5 things that people will pay a lot of money for for their wedding.
- The reception band
Many people don’t consider the cost of the band when wondering what makes wedding so expensive! When you have a live band you have to accommodate for them in multiple ways. Not only do you have to pay for equipment rentals but sometimes you even have to play for their accomonidations. Now not only are you paying for their musical services but also for their hotel and food at the venue! This can add up very quickly so make sure to ask about hidden fees prior to booking the band.
Something so small and simple as flowers can cost a whole lot of money! Flowers make up everything to the center pieces at the reception to what you and your bridesmaids will carry as you walk down the isle! Small flowers add up very quickly when planning a wedding! If you want to avoid this one great way is to have an alternative table center piece!
3. Wedding Planners
The cost of a wedding planner varies depending on how much time you need/want them for. Expect to pay on average about $1,500 for a day-of planner, but if you want someone before the big day get ready to fork up a good amount of money. Full service wedding planners tend to cost around $5000-$10,000 dollars! Though this may be a lot of money for some make sure to greatly consider it before writing it out of your budget! A day-of planner can be a huge asset on your big day!
Most people account for alcohol when they are planning their wedding, but if you don’t then you will be in trouble. Some couples opt out of having an open bar but if you decided to have one be prepared. You won’t know exactly how much you are going to have to pay at many venues so be sure that you have enough set aside to cover the bill!
A wedding photographer is one of those things that you will have to invest in for you wedding! You want to be sure that you aren’t skipping out on quality to save when it comes to you wedding photos. On average you will spend around $3,000 on your wedding photographer. The more experienced the photographer the more they will charge. Remember when booking your photographer that these photos are the things you will be looking back on for the rest of your life so you want to trust the person that is taking them.