Hidden Costs To Be Aware Of When Planning Your Wedding.

When planning your wedding you may speak to some suppliers and get invoices that have some additional costs on them that you weren't considering and hadn't included in your wedding budget. These could vary from supplier to supplier but it best to make sure you speak honestly to your supplier and ask about any hidden costs and make sure you are aware of every little cost that you will be charged for. This post will outline some of the more common 'hidden costs' to look out for when planning your wedding, so that you can factor these into your budget and ask the relevant suppliers if they charge them.


Corkage can either be charged by your venue or caterer or bar supplier. Usually this would be spoken about when you inform the supplier of what you are looking or wanting to do, but it is always best to ask and confirm this cost in advance. Especially if you are using a dry hire venue! The dry hire venue I used to work at as one of my first jobs in the industry used to charge for the use of the bar if you didn't want to use the venue stock and staff, or if you wanted to bring your own alcohol in. This cost could range from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds extra on top of your budget so please make sure you check!

Ceremony - Church or Civil.

When planning your ceremony, you will need to factor in the cost of the hire of the church or if having a civil ceremony remember to make sure if the ceremony room is included in your hire price. Secondly if you are having a church service you may have dreamed of having the bells rung as you leave the church or having a organ player play the song you are walking down the aisle to. These would also all be additional costs, check with the point of contact what is included in the hire price you are paying. You dont ever want to assume something will be included for you.

Church in Down Ham Essex

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Alterations/ Dry Cleaning

Once you have found your perfect dress you'll attend fittings to make sure that it fits you like a glove on your wedding day. This may mean some tweaks and alternations as well as any additional bits you may want put on or taken off such as sleeves. This all comes at an additional cost on top of what the dress costs. Usually dress shops dont have an on site seamstress and will need to send the dress off to be altered for you, costing them and you a fee. Also after the wedding you may want to clean the dress and take it to the dry cleaners so that it is in pristine condition once again, another cost that you need to think about.

Envelopes and Postage

Stationery hidden costs are probably one of the popular costs that are overlooked. Yes you have paid money to have these beautiful invitations designed and created for your wedding, but how are your guests going to get them!? The best way to work out this cost is to speak to your stationer and get an idea on what the letter size is and compare this to your courier of choice, so for example if using Royal Mail and you have large letter sized invitations you would be able to look online and work out the rough cost for this depending on the class you choose. I would always estimate you would be looking at least £1 per invite depending on size and class. Also make sure to find out in envelopes are included! If not you will be needing to purchase those which will be another cost.

Service charge and VAT

VAT is another popul