The Not-So-Obvious Wedding Expenses Brides Should Prepare For

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Wedding planning can be stressful, especially when unexpected expenses pop up that you didn’t account for. But with enough preparation and budgeting, you’ll be on the right path.
Don’t be blindsided and take these hidden costs into consideration! Check out this article on The Real Cost of Getting Married for more insight.

The Marriage License
Make sure your wedding is legal! Depending on the state, license fees can range from $35 to $100. The easiest place to get your marriage license is at the local county clerk. But if you’re having your wedding in another state, make sure to plan ahead and drive to that city in time to get your marriage license. There is typically a waiting period so don’t be caught off guard.

Transportation for Guests
Guests will make their own way to the wedding. But if you have an open bar at your reception, you have to prepare for guests that might get rowdy. It is your responsibility to find an alternative transportation method if any guests get too intoxicated to drive home. If you can’t find someone to drive them, consider paying for a taxi, Uber, or Lyft instead.

Overtime Costs, Taxes, Gratuities, Service Charges
It is super important to read the fine print on your contracts! Be sure to tip generously too for everyone’s hard work! Depending on how many vendors you have, gratuity alone can range from $1,000 to $3,000! If your wedding goes over, be aware of overtime costs too. While you’re dancing the night away, know that an extra payment will be needed for the DJ/band, photographer, and videographer for their extended time.