You have set your wedding budget and checked it twice, but here are some costs you may not have considered.
To help you plan for everything we have compiled a list of things that are commonly overlooked when setting and allocating your wedding budget. Here are some wedding costs you probably didn’t know about.
Corkage and cake cutting fees
If you use the cake or alcohol provided by your reception venue, the corkage and cake fees are typically wrapped into the cost. But if you bring in a cake or alcohol that is not provided by your venue, some venues will charge for the cutting and serving of the cake and corkage fees too.
If you’re having your invitations made, factor in postage to your wedding budget too. Keep in mind that with a standard letter costing $1 to send nationally, adding weight or size to that could see you spending more than $2 for each invitation. Also remember to factor in postage for thank you notes if you receive wedding gifts.
You have a beautiful new piece of jewellery adorning your finger, so you should do what you can to protect it. Insurance is a good way to go to avoid a costly replacement or repair if something should go awry.
The annual cost to insure your ring is around $1 to $2 for every $100 that it would cost to replace. This means that if your ring would cost $9000 to replace, you might expect to pay between $90 and $180 per year to insure it.
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If you are having your reception on a private property, a temporary limited licence is generally not required where liquor will be supplied free of charge. However, a licence will always be required if the supply of liquor is contingent on the sale or purchase of goods or services.
If liquor is being supplied through a catering or beverage company, the company will require a liquor licence. Always check they have the relevant licences and that this cost is covered in their quote.
Unless you’re extremely lucky, your wedding gown is going to require some alterations. This could be as simple as hemming the gown, taking it in (or letting it out), or structural changes like adding straps. Make sure you add a little extra to your dress budget to cover any potential what-ifs.
Pre-drinks and food
Whether your wedding runs over the allotted time because you got a late start or because you chose in the heat of the moment to extend it, keep in mind that there are sometimes fees associated with going over the contracted time.
A place to get ready
If you and your bridesmaids are planning on getting ready in a hotel suite, pay attention to check in/check out times. You will often need to book the room for two nights in order to have the morning to get ready. If this is the case, why not all stay together the night before?
You may be given a ceremonial certificate from your celebrant at your wedding, but this will not legally change your name.
For those who wish to change their surname, you will need an official marriage license, which can range from $20 to $100 depending on where you are getting married. Also remember this is something you will have to apply for and isn’t automatically sent.
If you are having a destination wedding, the costs could escalate as you will need to fly in a few days before or stay longer in order to get your marriage license and this will vary depending on the waiting period of the country.
Preserving your gown
Gifts for the bridal party
Travel insurance for your honeymoon
Travel insurance will give you peace of mind to enjoy your honeymoon.
Costs will vary depending on where you are travelling to and how long your holiday is, but it is easy to compare quotes before locking in a policy.
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