When creating a budget for your big day, the main items and services are usually the most thought out and accounted for. It’s the little things that people tend to forget about, causing unexpected wedding costs.
1. Marriage License
Marriage licenses are one of the most essential things to have once you’re married, but they often are overlooked when preparing your budget. Licenses range anywhere from $20- $100 depending on where you choose to tie the knot. Check this guide to help you account for this added fee. Some states will also require a filing fee, because they won’t automatically send you your license once it’s been filed, make sure to check in on that as well.
Postage will be required for mailing out save the dates, invitations, RSVP return envelopes, bridal showers, bachelor/ bachelorette parties, etc. This can add up extremely fast. Try and estimate how many stamps you’re going to need and add this to your overall budget as well.
More likely than not, special undergarments are going to need to be bought to suit your wedding gown. There’s nothing worse than being able to see bra straps or underwear lines, and you especially do not want to have to be worrying about that come your big day.
4. Decor Beyond the Flowers
Lighting, candles, and table numbers are essential items to have at your reception. And as you may know, these items are also not free. Search around for cheap alternatives for dressing up your reception, and then go ahead and add these items to your budget.
5. Taxes and Service Charge
If you live in a state where sales tax is prevalent along with service charges from caterers, DJ’s, and officiants, ask each service provider what their additional charge will be. Calculate your state’s sales tax as well, and tally it all up.
Budgeting is a lot of work, with hundreds of items to account for and think about, your fiancé and both sets of parents will be so grateful that you put in the time and effort to understand exactly how much your wedding will cost.