Are these hidden costs ruining your wedding budget?

Lynn Wiedow

The date is set, dress ordered, venue arranged – everything working like clockwork according to plan when suddenly a spanner is thrown into the works by something as trivial as who thought I would also have to pay for That?

These seemingly unimportant items must be paid for and can cause you to overspend on your budget if they are not accounted for and consequently become a problem which may have been avoided.

Legal fees:

All marriages are legally binding and need legal consultation hence incur legal fees which need to be paid.

Officiant fees:

Pastors are not paid by the church to perform officiant duties and renumeration for services rendered, and therefore should be accounted for in your budget.

Meals on the day for your bridal party and vendors:

The make-up artist, hairdresser, photographer, and other vendors need to eat and stay hydrated on your wedding day, so these costs need to be added to the budget. They spend hours doing their job, so, for that reason, providing snacks and refreshments is only appropriate.

Cleaning up fees:

Should you have chosen a self- catering venue for your wedding- this needs to be cleaned the following morning unless stipulated in the contract. Do not take it for granted that this is all covered by the venue or event planner quotation. It is inevitable that guests, however well behaved, leave some disorder and mess, so budget for this bill which will come at the end.


We all want our guests to really enjoy celebrating our wedding and often the reception just goes on for hours – we are having such a ball!  When planning your wedding reception, it seems reasonable to book your vendors/venue for a set time, not expecting the party to continue for longer than planned. Vendors will charge overtime should the time slot be overlapped. They are supplying a service for a specific time slot and are not having fun just because you are!

Back up plans:

The most organised, thought through plans and organization may go awry when you least expect it and as a result, can dampen the mood of your wedding. Rather budget for this upfront.

Your wedding day, above all should be stress free and run as smoothly as possible – rather keep a safety net of funds available to keep the unexpected expenses at bay.

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