You’re booked in a hotel with your about-to-be spouse and both of you couldn’t be more excited at the fact that you’re about to be bonded forever witnessed by a large group of people. However, don’t let the excitement get to your head. If you think you’ve stuck with your budget good enough, you might need to crunch a few numbers to sleep soundly tonight.
I’m sorry, maybe I’ve broken your peace after reading this, but if you don’t resolve these five hidden problems, you might definitely get into a lot of trouble later on.
1. Bachelorette Party
Before you get married, you’ll be spending the last days of your singlehood with your boys or girls. You’ll be going through lots of cash for this.
Beach vacations could cost around $1,500 to $2,000, a bit more if it’s a packaged deal. For an all-nighter drinking fest or going out into other venues, you might spend around $800-$1000 if it was your treat.
It is during these times, according to my newly-wedded friend, that she and her husband had forgotten that they had incurred additional expenses from these parties. And mind you, these parties aren’t getting any smaller at all.
2. Marriage License
Now this is just a small amount on your purse. For some states, the cost of a marriage license is just around $20 to $100. Sometimes, you’ll also have to pay for the filing process.
I’ve encountered one couple during my business trips worrying about how they’ll have to get their marriage license with two flights to Alaska. That is another added expense on top of the $100 charged for the officiation of their wedding.
3. Beauty Treatments
Any bride had already taken care of this since day one of their wedding. They’ve already got a make-up artist and designer in mind. They’ve accounted for the fees of these individuals and all is set in the budget, right?
Wrong. Women can’t just have a single session for their professional hair and make-up. Pre-treatment costs during the wedding night could add up to your budget. It could also mean multiple retouches in a single day. The products used by your make-up artist could be charged against you too, which is another expensive factor in your wedding.
You’ll have bridesmaids accompany and aid your wife every step of the way. It’s important to feed them and provide them the necessities they need as they stay with you the night before and after.
These small meals might seem ignorable, but they could add up and the costs could be really high. So don’t miss this part.
5. Hotel Costs
Some hotels famous for weddings will charge a bit higher for their services. Granted, you have already considered this in the budget. However, special amenities, which might include an additional light, props, service, programs or any equipment, will also bite into your budget. These could be a single, or even a multiple instance of an incident.
You’ll need to give out souvenirs, and it’s not really cheap to give out souvenirs even if they really look like they were just made from paper or just simple small glass. Take these into consideration, and estimate the number of people attending your wedding.