Five unexpected wedding costs

08 Mar 2017

Don't let unexpected costs catch you out... here are five things to factor in to your wedding budget

Sticking to budget is one of the hardest parts of wedding planning but it’s much easier if you know what to expect. Here are just some of the things couples forget to think about when prepping for the big day…

1. Pre-wedding accommodation

More brides than ever before are choosing to have their happily-ever-after somewhere far far away, so the need for pre-wedding accommodation is growing. Typically, a large room is needed, as it’s likely to be filled with hairdressers, make-up artists and bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding. If you haven’t budgeted for pre-wedding accommodation, you should put aside at least £100 for your room and even more if you’re planning to purchase rooms for your bridal party.

Tip: It’s worth trying to negotiate a deal if you’re already staying at the venue.

2. Extra food

The price of wedding food is a cost most brides are usually prepared for, but what about the extras? Have you thought about the wedding breakfast, snacks for hungry bridesmaids, food for the photographer/videographer? There are also late-night treats to think about. Your guests will be with you every step of the way; so don’t let them go hungry.

3. Overtime charges

If the day is going even better than expected, time can often pass you by and if you want the photographer or videographer to stick around, you will need to budget for it. Many freelancers charge by the hour and it can soon add up. Keep in mind that timeframes for the day can change dramatically.

4. Wedding insurance

Wedding insurance is an unexpected, but necessary, cost. Most wedding insurance covers everything from damages, failure of suppliers and illness. And when it comes to one of the largest purchases you will ever make, insurance is so worth it, just for your own peace of mind. Use price comparison sites such as MoneySuperMarket to get the best price and protect your special day.

5. Beauty treatments

Professional hair and make-up for the big day is a cost you’ve accepted, but what about the trial runs you need to make sure everything goes smoothly? You should also keep in mind any pre-wedding beauty treatments you want to indulge in, such as a facial, manicure or spray tan. Looking good can be costly, but you might find some great deals and offers if you shop around.

It’s always better to overestimate prices rather than part with the things you really want. Being aware of any unexpected costs will make you feel well and truly on top of your wedding budgeting.

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