10 Hidden Wedding Costs and How to Handle Them

by Esther Agyapong

Planning your wedding is stressful but necessary, and hidden costs can threaten all the hard work you have put into your wedding budget. So, we’d love to help with a list of hidden wedding costs many couples forget about. Below are ten hidden wedding costs and how to handle them for a successful celebration. We’ll also include some obvious things that many people need to remember.



We don’t have to talk much about this, as we all saw what happened during the pandemic. While we’re hoping there isn’t another one on the horizon, emergencies happen. Some venues also insist on couples getting insurance before booking with them. If your venue doesn’t require this, you can skip this cost, but you do so at your own risk.

Travel Fees

Vendors might charge a travel fee to work at your event. Some have a flat fee, while others charge per mile. Travel fees are even more significant for couples having a destination wedding. Choosing vendors near your wedding venue can help you avoid this cost.


Backyard Wedding Necessities

Many couples make the mistake of thinking that a backyard wedding is easy and doesn’t require planning. However, outdoor weddings require a lot of renting. For instance, you might have to set up an outdoor kitchen, rent a generator, chairs, tables, a restroom, and a tent. So, research whether you’ll save costs by getting married in a backyard.


Taxes and Tips

While taxes and tips are visible costs, many couples must remember to include them in their budget. Add a third of your total budget to it to cover tips.


Cleanup and Breakdown

The cost for setup and cleanup after the wedding might add up. Many venues require same-day setup and cleanup, which could be an additional cost. Many full-service venues, however, include this service in their total package. Please read the contract carefully to ensure it is included in your labor charge.


Wedding Band Equipment

There could be changes to your wedding band costs if your venue is large and additional equipment is needed. Booking a vendor familiar with that venue will help you know what you need. You can also explain the layout of the place or ask them to visit the venue to get an accurate estimate for your budget.


Wedding Dress Fittings and Steaming

changes made to your wedding dress will come at an extra cost, and most bridal shops do not include this expense in the cost of the wedding dress. Ask how much the shop charges for alterations when making your purchase.


Thank-You Gifts

Wedding favors are a way of showing appreciation to your family and guests. You can offer thank-you gifts to wedding party members, family, or even exceptional vendors. Go for sentimental gifts rather than expensive options to keep your costs down.


Surprise Guests

Spell out the importance of the RSVP and inform your guests of all information about the wedding. Some couples can specify no children or plus one’s on their invitations. You can also budget for two or three extra guests to be on the safe side. Not having a set number of people for your wedding can incur additional costs. 


Honeymoon Expenses

Most couples deposit their honeymoon for the cost of flights and accommodation. However, there can be so much more involved. Renewing passports, feeding costs, and vaccinations are all examples of some extra costs. Setting up a registry where loved ones and family can pitch in can be very helpful.


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