Unexpected Wedding Costs


Putting together a wedding budget can be a difficult part of the planning process to get right. This blog features some of the unexpected wedding costs that couples often overlook and some tips on budget planning.

Wedding Budget

The first important part of your wedding planning is working out a realistic budget. Do you have adequate time to save? Look at your monthly outgoings, how much can you realistically save? Establish whether parents will be contributing towards costs and how much.

At the initial wedding planning stages, decide how much money you will allocate for each aspect of your special day. For example, food, venue, decor etc. Most couples allocate 50% towards the venue and catering.  If you need to keep costs down, invite fewer people to the wedding breakfast and more to the evening reception. Or consider a weekday wedding as many venues offer lower hire fees.

Unexpected Wedding Costs


Some wedding venues will allow you to provide the alcohol for your big day, but in exchange may charge a corkage fee. Be smart and check that it is in fact cheaper to do things this way.


Check the small print and ensure that all supplier estimates and quotes include VAT.

Cake Cutting

Check in advance with your venue if you will incur a cake cutting fee.


Don’t forget to budget for the cost of postage. This includes invitations, thank you cards, RSVP cards (if you’re feeling generous) and save the date cards (if applicable).

Hair & Makeup Trials

Most brides like to have a trial run for their hair and makeup. Remember to factor in this cost for you and perhaps your bridesmaids if this is important to you.


Your wedding dress is likely to need some alterations and this might also be the case for the groom’s attire.

Supplier Meals & Refreshments

If a supplier is with you for most of the day, you may need to provide refreshments and a hot meal. Some of them may stipulate this in their contract, others may bring their own food and charge the cost to you. Depending on your caterers, you shouldn’t have to provide the same meal that you serve to your guests, either way check with your suppliers beforehand.

Service Charge

Venues can add on a service charge, double check this as some are optional and others are not.

Delivery & Set Up

Some suppliers may charge a delivery or set up fee.

Finally, my advice to you is to consider putting 10% of your budget aside as a contingency.