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Coral is a perfect color for a Spring or Summer wedding! A short dress and bubble veil make this pefect for an infomal wedding, no matter if it's a garden affair with a huge guest list or just an intimate celebration for two.
Veil $48 Velvet Owl on Etsy.com
Hair Flower $14 Nezoshop on Etsy.com
Necklace $68 Aphrodite888 on Etsy.com
Bracelet $29.99 White Aisle
Earrings $44.99 Kohl's
Sweater $14.80 Forever 21
Shoes $62.27 6pm.com
Dress $149 Bari Jay at PromGirl.com
Courtesy of PWer jeslynn02:
*I just updated my bio with this tutorial, so I wanted to pass it along. These turned out better than I ever could have imagined, and we even had a few guests ask us where we bought them. It was so exciting to tell them that I made them all!*
After searching and searching, I finally found these Hot Cocoa Vials and knew they'd be perfect for our winter, wedding. Everything was perfect until I priced everything out and found out they'd be around $1 per favor, which is way more than I wanted to spend...So the search continued.
Then I found Hot Cocoa Cones...
PERFECT! I found several different tutorials on how to make them, so I set out to make our own. I was able to make our favors for less than $.40 each and in under 10 steps! (Once I get our pro-pics back I'll show a good professional picture of these!)
Cast of Characters (to make 150 cones)
(3) 100, 12" Disposable Decorating Bags (bought these from Michaels using their 40 and 60% off coupons - regularly $19.99)
(2) Nesquick chocolate powder (we got ours from Costco for around $6)
(2) 75 teeny, tiny hair ties ($5)
(4) Marshmallows (from Walmart, $1 each)
yarn (Michaels for $2.50)
Total spent: (around) $56. We made 150, so they came out to around $.37 each!
Step 1: Cut decorating bags around 6.5"
Step 2: Fill bag with 2 tablespoons (or whatever your chocolate powder suggests) with chocolate:
Step 3: Use the teeny, tiny hair tie to close off the chocolate. (You may need to cut the access bag after tying it off. The picture below, for example, should be cut so there's just about a 1/2 inch of bag showing after the hair tie.)
Step 4: Insert chocolate filled cone into another decorating bag; make sure seams line up.
Step 5: Scoop out a 1/4 cup of marshmallows and poor into decorating bag on top of the chocolate cone.
Step 6: Tie a piece of ribbon, yarn, or string above the marshmallows. You need to make this tight so the marshmallows don't dry out. I tied it into two knots:
Step 7: After string is secure around bag, add your favor tage and tie it into a pretty bow
Step 8: Reapeat as many times as necessary
Since I'm now down to my last few wedding items for sale, and have made close to $3,000 on the sales, I thought I might share my experiences, in hopes they will be of some help to other newlyweds here.
How to Buy Stuff You Will Later Be Able to Sell
When you are buying, look around on the resale boards to see what tends to go quickly. For example, when I was considering whether to buy chair covers, I discovered that those listed often fetched nearly as much in price as new ones, and tended to be snapped up quickly. That gave me the confidence to buy them, because I knew I was likely to be able to keep the ultimate cost down by reselling them after the wedding.
Consider neutral colors. Lots of people are going to want white or ivory table linens. If yours are bright pink and purple stripes, your market is much more limited. This doesn't mean you have to avoid all uniqueness in your wedding. However, you do want to keep in mind that your potential market is a lot bigger if you are buying items that a lot of people want.
Avoid monogramming or engraving. You aren't likely to have a whole lot of trouble selling unused packs of plain cocktail napkins. But if your napkins say, "Dave and Betsy forever, 10/10/2010," there is not going to be a big market for them.
The more stuff is individualized, the less it will retain its value. Anyone who likes your table linens is a potential purchaser. By contrast, someone may love your wedding dress, but if you are a size 2 and she is a size 24, she is not going to buy it. Thus, your table linens will be an easier sell, and will retain more of their value, than your dress.
Go for popular designers, and know the designer and style number. We had two dresses to sell, one a David's Bridal style 5268 and one an Emme Bridal (style number unknown). They cost about the same. However, the David's Bridal sold a lot more quickly and easily. Why? Because many people go to a bridal store, find a style they like, then look to see whether they can find it more cheaply online. If they search by the manufacturer's name and style number, they simply will not find your dress if you don't know that information.
Similarly one of our veils was a David's Bridal and one was a Symphony Bridal. The David's Bridal was a lot easier to sell. A lot more people have been in to a David's Bridal store than have been into a store that sells Symphony Bridal. Thus, even though we knew the designer and style number for the Symphony Bridal veil, there were fewer people searching for that style.
Don't be afraid to buy used stuff, if it is less expensive. Used stuff will often retain its value better than new. For example, if you buy table linens new in their packages, you are going to have to sell them as used, which brings down the price. There is a much lesser difference in price between linens that have been used once and those that have been used twice than between new ones and ones that have been used once. Thus, you may be able to recover more of your cost if you buy used.
Keep pictures. If you buy an item online, keep the picture from the listing. Just right click on the photo, and choose, "Save image as." eBay ads, for example, expire after a certain period. You don't want to lose the only photo of your item that way, because you will need it when you go to sell.
Didn't buy the item online? Take lots of pictures yourself, preferably in daylight. Indoor pictures often end up dim or with a yellowish cast. Outdoor pictures will make the items look more appealing. Or try to set the item up the way it will be used for the wedding. For example, if you are taking pictures of candlesticks, take them with lit candles in them, on a table with a tablecloth, silverware, and plates.
And don't forget photos of your item in use. You can take some yourself as you are setting up. If you have a professional photographer, you may be able to crop pictures of meaningful details from the pro photo. If you have an amateur, you may want to discuss with that person specific photos you would like to have.
When Do You Start Selling?
As soon as possible! You are likely to be far more active on wedding message boards before your wedding than after. So when you start buying items, immediately put them on a "for sale" page in your bio, with the date on which they will be available, and link to that page in your board signatures. If someone wants to buy an item, get a deposit (20% or 25%) immediately to make sure they are serious. You can then have them pay the balance immediately after the wedding, and then you can get all that stuff out of the house.
How Much Is It, and What Does It Look Like?
I see a lot of brides who put up ads that say, "Photos sent on request." That is a really bad idea. It just adds one more hurdle to a potential buyer. You'll notice that stores that sell by mail order always put up pictures of what they are selling. You'll have a lot more success if you do the same.
In the case, of a dress, you'll do best if you list the designer, style number, size, and your actual measurements and height. (Sizes are so variable that your actual measurements may be of more value to a potential buyer than the listed size.)
The other really bad idea is saying, "Make me an offer," instead of saying what the price is. The buyer does not want to take the chance of wasting money by making an offer that is too high. The buyer also doesn't want to be embarrassed by making an offer that you will think it is ridiculous. Thus, you will get fewer offers. And many of the offers you get will be for a ridiculously low price--because the only people to make them will be people who are hoping you don't know the value of your own items.
Instead, do some research. How much do you see these items being sold for used? Do some Google searches and figure it out. If you can't find used ones being sold, look for what new ones cost, and then provide some discount from that. When in doubt, go for a price that is too high rather than too low. People will often make you an offer below what you are asking--but they never make you an offer above that. Then state your price, right up front. That way, a potential buyer can compare your price with the prices at which the items are available elsewhere, without a lot of hassle.
Break Up Large Lots
You may have bought 100 chair covers. Or you may have paper lanterns and lighting to go with them. However, you will probably do better if you are willing to sell smaller quantities at a time, or sell those lanterns separately from the lighting.
The reason is that your potential buyers' options are more limited if they want to buy only a few of something. For example, the price for 100 chair covers on eBay is a lot less than 100 times the price of one. So, if you bought 100, and are willing to sell one or a few to each buyer, you may actually make back more than you paid. Conversely, if you are only willing to sell all 100 to one buyer, you are ruling out any buyer who needs either more or fewer than 100.
Similarly, we ended up with a lot of white paper lanterns, and a lot of lighting for them in pink and amber. That worked for us. However, some buyers wanted white paper lanterns and did not want to light them at all. Others wanted to use the pink and amber lights in lanterns that were colors other than white. By being willing to sell them separately, we were able to get all of them sold more easily.
Where Do You Start Selling?
The short answer is, everywhere you can. For example, a Craigslist ad will typically bring in only buyers in your local area, while one on eBay can bring in international buyers. So a heavy item may have the most resale value on Craigslist, because local brides can pick it up much more inexpensively than they could get it if they had to pay shipping charges. A lightweight item may have the most resale value on eBay. For example, I had some Christmas net lights that were all bought by someone in Austria. Apparently, net lights are much less available in Europe than they are in the US. So it was worth it to someone to pay the shipping charges to get something she just couldn't buy in her area.
Some specific suggestions:
Amazon. The Amazon rules are a bit bizarre. For example, you can sell something on Amazon only if that exact item is already for sale on Amazon. You have to charge shipping at a rate set up by Amazon, which may be either more or less than your actual shipping costs. It also takes about two weeks after you add a new bank account on Amazon before they will release the first payments to you, so you will have to pay the first shipping costs out of your own pocket, and get them back later. However, items typically go for more money on Amazon than they do on eBay or other sites. Also, Amazon does not charge you for listing an item, but only charges a commission if it actually sells.
eBay. eBay makes it really simple to start selling. If you see an item on eBay, there is typically a link on the page to, "Sell one like this." Payment comes in immediately via PayPal, so you can use the purchase money to pay for the shipping.
The one issue with eBay is that if you sell with an auction-style listing, the price you get may be kind of random. If you have a couple of people trying to outbid each other, it may go very high. However, if your listing happens to close at 5:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, the one person online at that hour who wants it may get it for much less than its value. Personally, I prefer "buy it now" style listings, because I'd rather get the actual value (even if it takes a bit longer) than to sell it at what it gets on an auction.
You also need to know that the eBay system is highly biased toward buyers. This is good for you in a way, because it gives people the confidence to buy on eBay, which brings you more buyers. However, you should know that there are a couple of traps there for unwary sellers.
First, if someone complains that an item is "not as described," and they paid by PayPal, PayPal will probably make you take the item back and give the person a refund--and quite likely even pay the shipping charges to get it back. This is true even if you state a "no refunds" policy on your ad. And whether an item is "as described" can be a judgment call. If the buyer thought your ad made it seem bigger, redder, or in some way different from what the buyer got, the presumption is going to be in favor of the buyer. Thus, you may as well provide that the buyer can return the item for a refund.
Second, your ability to sell on eBay depends on your retaining a good rating. And one of the factors that goes into a good rating is whether shipping costs are reasonable. You may therefore want to raise your asking price a little to provide for "free" shipping, so as to avoid someone thinking that your shipping rates are too high.
Craigslist. Craigslist is totally free--no fees to list items, no commissions when they are sold. And because it is targeted to your local area, it is particularly good for hard to ship items. However, there are two things to watch out for with Craigslist. The first is the scam artists, who seem to particularly target wedding dress sales. If someone says they can't stop by to see your dress, but want it sent to a foreign country after they pay you with a certified check? That's a scammer.
The other issue with Craigslist is "community moderation." What that means is that anyone can flag an ad, and if an ad is flagged a certain number of times, it's deleted. There is no way to appeal a flagged posting, and you won't even be told why it was flagged.
Saying you will sell something for "best offer." Craigslist readers want you to tell them the price up front.
Mentioning a price for shipping, or that you will accept PayPal. The idea behind Craigslist is that it is a means for local buyers and sellers to find each other. Thus, you should be getting people to pick up your items and pay cash.
Saying that you will give items free to someone who is needy. Either you give the free item to the first person who shows up, or you sell it. If there are conditions on giving it away, you will get flagged.
Posting the same things in multiple categories or multiple cities.
Deleting a post after it has been up a couple of days, then reposting, so as to keep your post at the top of the list.
Moreover, if you have a post that gets flagged, and you try to fix the issues and repost, your new post is almost certain to be flagged. You'll need to wait at least 48 hours to repost. Plus, the number of people who have to flag an item before it gets deleted goes down if you have had previous posts flagged. So, check the rules carefully in the beginning, or you can end up in an endless spiral of never being able to put up a post without having it flagged.
Wedding Message Boards. Almost all online wedding message boards have a "for sale" section of some kind. Use them! For items that area typically used for weddings, they are your most likely source of buyers. Here are some links:
Offbeat Bride's Wedding Swap Group
OneWed's Buy, Sell, & Trade forum
Project Wedding Classifieds
Trash to Treasure
Wedding by Color Marketplace
Wedding Dress Resale Sites. Some sites are designed specifically for the resale of wedding dresses. Here are some links:
Preowned wedding dresses
Other Wedding-Specific Places. Here are some links to wedding-specific places to sell all types of wedding items, not just dresses:
Non Wedding-Specific Places. Here are some you might want to consider:
eBay Local Classifieds
Buying items to resell after the wedding can in many instance be much less expensive than renting the same items. However, you need to do your homework and figure out how to sell them, so as not to get stuck with a house full of unneeded wedding stuff.
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I read project wedding everyday, and love reading about everybody's weddings! I often come across people ranting about their bridesmaids, mothers in law, how they can't have a certain something at their wedding because it costs too much.
I find myself getting caught up in it, thinking, I wish I had this, or I can't believe so-and-so. But then I remember it's all crazy. My fiance and I are skipping a lot of things- we are paying for our own wedding, and last year I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which requires MRI's every three months (and those suckers are EXPENSIVE). We're also looking at surgery pretty soon after the wedding, which is another huge expense. Needless to say, the limited funds we have are NOT going to the wedding. I'm not writing this for sympathy, but because this whole ordeal has reminded me what is important in life, and what's not.
Weddings are consuming, they take a lot of time, planning, thought, and money. But, it's important to remember it's just a day, and the stress is not worth it. Afterall, a good wedding does not necessarily make a good marriage.
I wish EVERYONE has the wedding of their dreams, and that they have wonderful, beautiful lives filled with supportive people- and to keep things in perspective.
I wish the BEST for you!! You are so right..
Thank you for posting this. It's a great reminder! I hope you are feeling ok & wish you the best too!
Great post!! I'm sorry for what you have to go through!
Thanks for posting. Here is another post from a while back that was also very nice that I find myself going back to and re-reading to keep me "grounded" as I plan my low-budget but high-love wedding.
From 2000 Dollar Wedding bride, Sara
The 12-18 months of wedding planning will pass in a matter of hours or days. When it’s all said and done, the photos will be the primary artifact remaining.
My wish for you—when you look back at those photos—is for you to think:
Look at how relaxed I was. Fully present in the moment. Basking in it. Soaking it in. I was not saturated in stress.
My shoes and dress were comfortable enough for dancing. My beauty radiated out of me; it was not applied to me.
I got to spend quality time with my friends and family. I was myself, not a show. In fact, I was my fullest expression of self.
I do not remember whether the invitations were letterpress or whether the flowers at the ceremony were the same ones at the reception.
The wedding favors or the fanciness of the food did not make memories. The sincerity did. The connection did. The time together did.
It did not matter whether every last detail conformed to the signature colors. Instead of saying, “What a beautiful bouquet,” the guests said, “What a beautiful love.”
This is my wish to you, dear brides, as you pore over wedding magazines and read daily blogs. Some of it matters. Most of it does not. Casting your net in the wrong direction will most surely mean you miss the things you most dearly want to catch.
May your wedding be just one sincere, authentic, happiest day in a long line of many.
This is my wish to you.
All my best,
you are absolutely right. thanks for posting this. i wish you the best of luck in your tests and getting your health back on track!
Oh honey, I hope everything goes well! It is all perspective, 100%! I am so lucky that my FI and I can have the wedding that we are having, and I should focus on that instead of worrying about all of the details! *Hugs*
Thanks for posting. I wish you the best too!
You are so totally right. My wedding was small and fun and exactly what we wanted (and very little stress). Big or small wedding, it should be about the couple and their commitment to each other.
I wish you all the best and I hope you, too, get to have the wedding of your dreams.
beautiful post tkeith... way to put all our rants and fussing and complaints in check! youre absolutely right... its "just one day" and at the end of it all, the ultimate goal will be reached. we are all marrying our bestfriend. i wish you all the best and again, thank you for this!
You're absolutely right. I wish you all the best and pray for healing for you.
thank you for posting this :)
Thanks for the great post!! All the best to you ((hugs))
so true...good health to you
wow. This is an amazing post...definitely going to be saving this one. Thank for your words of wisdom and the reminder that so many of us needed to hear. I too get caught up in wedding planning, and drown myself in details to keep myself occupied until my FH is safely home from deployment. I need to just remember that the most important thing is that he makes it home, and that we are married.
I hope that your life brings you all you deserve. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to find out I had a brain tumor....and for your strength and courage, I respect the hell out of you!!! My prayers will be with you, but more so, my appreciation for you words and insight will be carried with me through the remainder of my planning!! Thank you so much!
Thanks for posting this. What a great reminder. I will remember this when I'm worrying about centerpieces and stressing about invitations.
Thank you for reminding us all. This was a great post. I wish you all the best!!
Thank you!! :)
Thank you :) God definitely answers prayers and knows what you need when you need it! I just wrote my post "no honeymoon" and was feeling really down about it. Thank you for making me see how silly I was being.
Looking for a modern alternative idea to the traditional guest book? Why not get creative. After all this is not your mother's wedding.
2 ideas I have come up with are Guest Book Boxes and Postcard Wishes. Both ideas would make great diy projects or you can have custom ones made for a pretty affordable price http://cutthecakedesigns.etsy.com
Guest Book Boxes are a fun way to get way to have your guest do more than sign their names. These little address card files provide a space for your guest to fill in their personal info and leave you and your new spouse wedding wishes. This guest book is so unique and you will NOT pack it away when the celebration is over. It's the perfect size to display in your home or office. Did I mention how handy it will come in when you addressing all of those Thank Yous!
Postcards wishes are so fun because your guest will fill out the postcards wishing you a lifetime of happiness and sharing their favorite details of your wedding. What an awesome little treat to come home to after the honeymoon!
Making a feather pomander is a simple, fun, and budget friendly way to make a big statement. Here are some simple directions:
First purchase the correct size Styrofoam ball. The size is totally up to you but you'll need to keep in mind that the feathers increase the look of the size of the ball.
You'll also need to get a glue gun. Using a medium or low temp glue gun is really best. The hot glue guns tend to melt the Styrofoam.
Next you'll need some decorative ribbon to attach or hang the pomander from whatever you are hanging it from. They actually make beautiful and budget friendly centerpieces, aisle end pieces, replacements for bridesmaid's florals, for flower girl florals...the uses are almost unlimited.
You will be purchasing 1 to 1 1/2 feather boas for each medium to large pomander.
Begin by gluing the end of the boa to the ball, waiting for that part to dry. When it is secure, you begin winding the boa around the ball approximately 1/2 inch from the last place you secured the boa. Keep winding around the ball and as you wind you glue. when you are finished simply make a small hole with a pencil and fold your ribbon in half. You then glue the ribbon into the small hole, securing it to the ball.
Voila!!!! You are FINISHED.
Check out these fantastic feather pomanders!!!!!
In a wish tree or manzanita centerpiece
To hand on the end of an aisle or on a shepherd's hook
As a centerpiece
Add some flowers and a flower base and you have a bridal bouquet. Photo by Pico Designs.
J.Crew - Silk Tricotine Sophia Long Dress - $295
Teachers/Students... don't forget to use your J.Crew discount!
Veil & Flower
Bridal Wedding Mantilla Veil Chapel 1-1/2" Lace Swarovski Crystals 90x60 - $43
Flower Clip Red Rose X-Large (6 inch) Large Snap Clip - $26
Target - Triple Strand Faux Pearl Necklace - $39.99
6pm - Anne Klein New York Copley - $37.50
Total Amount Spent - $441.49
A lot of people use the stacked box / gift style card box. They are very simple to make and can look very pretty. Here is my card box and my instructions how to do them! Hope they are helpful
Read instructions all the way through before beginning!
2 sheets of patterned paper per box
Leeho Glue sticks (my fave brand)
paper trimmer (aka life saver, can't live without crafting tool)
a stack of 3 Papier-mâché boxes
utility knife with new blades (I used a break away blade but don't recommend it if you never use X-Actos, use a utility knife they are sturdier) & cutting mat
Hot glue gun (low temp) and glue sticks (Adhesive Tech brand, the best in my opinion)
Ribbon (probably 2 yards or so roughly)
San Paper Block (if your edges aren't perfect, sanding I find makes them look like you trimmed the paper perfectly).
Acrylic (make sure it's opaque [not see through] craft paints, paint brush or sponge brush.
How I did It:
Take the middle sized box, remove lid and draw a square in pencil on the bottom of the box about an inch or so away from the edge. A ruler may be hard to get inside here so I freestyle drew the line. You can use paper trimmed to size or something like that as a faux ruler. I cut into the air, but if you're not used to cutting with an X-Acto use a mat. Score the box first (go through it with your knife lightly to cut through the surface of the box) then go over it again, and perhaps once or twice more to get the knife to go all the way through. Remember a new blade will make your life so much easier.
Once the bottom of the middle box is cut, use this as a template to cut the lid of the larger box. Place medium sized box over the lid of the largest box, eyeball it so it looks even (or measure it). Trace with pencil the square you had cut out. Repeat the cutting process on the large box lid.
To cut the box opening I guesstimated the size being around 6 inches long, one inch high. I used my paper trimmer to trim a scrap piece of paper this size and traced it on the front of one side of the medium sized box. Repeat cutting process here.
Now that the cutting is out of the way...
Place some news print or something you use as a craft surface down to protect your table or wherever you plan to work (if it's the floor like myself, be careful not to get paint on the carpet, lol)
Begin to paint all of the lids to your boxes. Don't forget to get the bottom of the sides of the lids. Don't want to miss a thing? Just paint it all.
Paint the inside of the middle box, not forgetting (like I did in my sample) to paint the edges of the card slot.
Set aside to let paint dry, repeat process if you can see Papier-mâché box through this. You could prime it, but I found 2 coats of paint worked just as well.
While the paint is drying... (plug in your glue gun to have it ready to go...)
Measure the sides of a box you want to work on. Let's start with the top box. I used my paper trimmer to measure it but you can also use a ruler. Once you have this measurement down prepare your paper for trimming. Notice the pattern, if any, and how you want it to look. My paper had a unique pattern that was the same on the outside of the paper, different on the inside. I took this into account while cutting my papers.
Two sides you want the paper to overlap the corners of your box. This will help cover your edges. (I tried to paint the edges first and trim paper to fit inside, didn't look as good!). The other two sides you want to trim to size.
Using your glue stick add a generous amount of glue to one side of your box. Place the over sized piece onto the side, leaving the side flaps unglued for a moment. Press down from the center out to make sure paper sticks. Add glue to the sides of the box and press down the flaps from the over sized piece you just placed down. Repeat this on the opposite side!
Glue the two cut to size pieces on over the flaps that were glued down. Your result should have your corners covered. This is it! repeat with the next 2 boxes.
When working with the box with the card slot I glued as normal, once dried (and this is important, let it dry!) I cut a line through it, and made cuts throughout the paper to make small flaps.. I carefully sanded the corner edge till it cut the papers off and left a nice seam edge. If you sand light enough it wont effect the paint.
Remember, if the very top edges don't look perfect, it's okay! The lids will cover that!
Now that the hard part is over... time for ribbon!
Make sure the box lids are dry! Place them on top of your Papier-mâché boxes. Stack them in order of size and make sure they are placed in the center of each box.
Measure the boxes with your ribbon and assume how much you will need. I cut enough to go around all of the boxes once, and meet at the bottom where I hot glued them down. Be sure to start on the side that doesn't include the card slot.
Start at the top with the center of your piece of ribbon. Go around and get to the bottom of the boxes. I pulled the ribbon taught, squeezed the bottom of the boxes and flipped it over. I had my fiance hold down one side while I hot glued down the other. Then glued the side he held down.
Repeat this process however having the ribbon go down the side with the card slot. I began by gluing a small piece under the opening of the card slot, repeated the process I did with the other ribbon, then met back at the card slot opening and tucked it inside and hot glued it down!
That's all I did... this is an easy process so don't let my lengthy description scare you. I'm sure many people know how to do this but for those who don't I thought I'd include how I did it.
Every savvy bride knows the importance of budgeting. However, even after countless hours of comparing estimates, reducing costs and examining purchases with a fine tooth comb, many couples still find themselves stressing over the budget. Sometimes the must-have Louboutins are the culprit, but oftentimes, it’s a few unexpected costs that leave couples (and their wallets) drained.
Here are some common “hidden fees” to look out for:
Taxes- Depending on the cost of your wedding, taxes can add a couple hundred or couple thousand dollars to your total. Remember, when doing your preliminary research that while vendors/venues may their list prices online or give you an estimate, it doesn’t always reflect the final price including taxes. Couples choosing a destination wedding should also be aware of the difference between their own state’s tax and that of their wedding location.
Tips- While tips are generally considered discretionary; it is common practice for couples to tip the many people who have worked hard to make their day a success. Whether you opt to provide a monetary gift or some other token of your appreciation, it would be wise to add the costs into you budget beforehand.
Service Fees- These fees that are generally added into your catering/venue bill as a separate item. It is usually a percentage of the total bill and can range from anywhere from 10-30% of total costs. As with taxes, many venues will not advise this fee in their online price lists.
Shipping- Some of the best deals are found online. But what seems like a bargain can be anything but when shipping costs add hundreds of dollars to your budget. Be sure that what you are buying online can’t be purchased locally for a cheaper price.
Postage- Like shipping costs, mailing out invitations or other wedding related items can add up quickly. Postage stamp prices can be well over the standard fare, if you have heavier or more complex invitations. Checking with you local post office to find out prices ahead of time is a great way to save yourself a headache in the future.
Cake Cutting Fee- Many venues & caterers will charge an additional fee to cut and serve your wedding cake. This is a sneaky little fee that can be hard to avoid if you choose not to use the venue’s own pastry chef. While it will depend on the venue, couples can expect to pay at least a dollar or more per guest.
Corkage Fees- Wise couples may realize that it more cost-efficient to supply their own alcohol, but they are often dismayed to find out that their venue charges a corkage fee. Corkage fees are fees charged by the venue for bringing in your own wine. Fees, of course will vary from region to region, by typically couples can expect to a set fee per bottle and or in some instances per person.
Delivery /Set up /Mileage Fees- When vendors have to travel to you to provide their service, there will usually be a travel or delivery fee added to their prices. Many vendors will include this in the estimate, (but again not in their online pricing). Some vendors will charge you a flat fee; however others may charge based on the number miles traveled.
These are just a few of the “hidden” costs associated with planning a wedding. As you get further into your planning you will no doubt find many more unexpected expenses. One way to stay within in your budget is to anticipate extra expenditures ahead of time. Put aside some funds for miscellaneous items. A few hundred dollars will go a long way in combating these unforeseen expenses. Of course if you can’t manipulate the budget anymore, you can always go back to the cardinal rule of wedding planning. Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate.