7 Wedding Expenses Couples Forget to Prepare For

Weddings are expensive. In fact, a 2015 study done by The Knot showed that couples in the US spent an average of $32,641 on their wedding. If you already have a budget in mind (and you plan to stick to it), make sure to take note of all the possible wedding expenses. To help you avoid unexpected costs, here are 7 wedding expenses couples forget to prepare for.

Postage
A single invitation per guest may cost you approximately $2 each in postage – that already includes the notes, stamps, and postcards. While it may not be that much at first look, the postage alone can sum up to hundreds of dollars if you’ve got more than a hundred guests. If you want to avoid spending so much money on postage, consider sending RSVPs online instead.

Hair and makeup trials

Say you’ve already hired someone to do your bridal hair and makeup and you want to make sure it’s all on point; you would need to do a trial run. Doing a trial with your hair and makeup artist days or months before the big event will help you decide which look you’d want to wear down the aisle. However, this can cost you an additional $80 – $250. To make the most out of the expenditure, consider what bridal look you want and prepare photos of the looks you think works best for you.

Accessories

You’ve got the wedding dress and the tuxedo for your groom already set, but how about the accessories and undergarments? Accessories like the veil, jewelry, an extra pair of shoes, shape wear, and other undergarments such as bras and pantyhose should be considered. For the groom, a matching pair of socks for his tuxedo will do, as well as cuff links, ties, and a pair of shoes.

Extra Décor

Although flowers are very common wedding decors, let’s not forget the non-floral ones like the signage, paper goods for the table to include menus and table numbers, specialty linens, and among many others. Adding these elements can significantly enhance the overall details of your wedding. This is where a floral mock up might be worth the investment so you can visualize what you need and don’t need. Just make sure to find pieces that fit your budget.

Wedding Coordinator

If you courageously planned your own wedding it is imperative, you hand it off at least 60 days prior to a professionally trained Coordinator. This way you can have someone looking over all the details that you trust while you concentrate on getting ready. This way, you can avoid getting stressed out over minor details and fully enjoy your wedding day.

Vendor Meals

Most couples don’t realize they have to feed their vendors a nice hot meal. Most venues and catering companies provide a discounted meal choice even if they are eating the same entrée as the guests. Just remember those vendors who are with you all day need a little break action when things slow down to get reenergized for the big dance party!

Gifts

Of course, don’t forget to give presents to the people who showed up on your special day, as well as the people who supported and worked to help you achieve a great one. There are plenty of manly groomsmen gifts that your guys will surely love. Furthermore, your bridesmaids will also appreciate something creative and personal. Don’t forget to include your parents in your gift budget as well.

Real Wedding: Kendall and Dave

Combining the excitement of New Year’s Eve with all the feels of a wedding equals one great party. Kendall and Dave gathered up all of their favorite people for their big day to celebrate their marriage and ring in the new year at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma, CA. They envisioned New Year’s glam paired with organic touches to reflect wine country. The ceremony was romantic and intimate followed by a cocktail hour held in the test kitchen, fun and fitting for their culinary school venue. Gold, sequins, greenery created a classic yet festive style including plenty of the bells and whistles for when the ball dropped at midnight.

Enjoy reliving Kendall and Dave’s celebration captured by Grace Havlak Photography!
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Coordination: Ashley Brand of LVL Weddings & Events // Photography: Grace Havlak Photography // Floral Design: California Sister Floral Design Co // Catering & Venue: Ramekins // Video: Daniel Gruen Weddings // Makeup: Artistry By Danika // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals // Entertainment: AMS Entertainment

Real Wedding: Nora and Erol

Nothing beats the gorgeous views of Palos Verdes and lucky for our beautiful bride Nora, she grew up with this view in her backyard. So it was no surprise that Nora and Erol formed a special bond with the ocean and spend their days surfing together. They decided on Catalina View Gardens to say I do and celebrate with their closest family and friends. One of our favorite details of the wedding was Nora’s wedding dress which her mother made. It was incredible and such a special part of the day.
They also wanted to incorporate their love for Italy so we incorporated tuscan style florals by Lavenders and a farm to table cuisine crafted by Made by Meg. Enjoy the beautiful details and photos captured by M.K. Sadler Photography. 
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Ari : A Wedding Short Film from Sketch Cinema on Vimeo.

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Venue Catalina View Gardens DJ Vox Beauty Hair Design Visage Makeup Stormi Beauty Rentals Classic Party Luxe Linen Beverage Liquid Catering Ceremony and Cocktail Music Amy Hite Guitar Dessert Sweet n Saucy Shop Wedding Gown: Made by Mother of the Bride

Holiday Entertaining Tips

As you enter into this holiday season as newlyweds, you may be entertaining family & friends in your first home together. This is a great time to start new traditions as well as use some of those registry gifts! Entertaining in your home is much like hosting guests at a wedding, just on a much smaller scale, yet with the same personal touches. Here are some of our top tips for entertaining over the holidays:

  1. 1. Set the scene. This is possibly your first home together so nobody is expecting a full on Martha Stewart display to be happening in your living room! Start small with twinkle lights on a small tree, garland or a wreath, or welcome guests with a cute and festive doormat.

2. Hosting a large group for dinner? Consider hand-written place cards and thoughtful placement of guests. Writing names with a metallic marker on a festive item such as an ornament or pine cone adds to the ambiance of the table setting and feels special for each guest.

3. Consider where everyone will sit. Do you have enough seating in your home for a dinner party? You may need to rent a few chairs, an extra table or linen. Also consider flatware, glasses, utensils- you’re likely stocked for 8-10 place settings normally, but may need to rent or purchase a few extra for entertaining. We also like the disposable option, like these festive colors and patterns from Susty Party. Cute and good for the environment.

4. ‘Tis the season for a signature cocktail. Just like at your cocktail hour, its a fun option to have a signature drink- either your favorite mix or something more seasonal. Again, check your barware and glassware to ensure you have enough for all of your guests. Also consider adding a little flair to each glass with a party straw or stirrer like these from Midnight Confetti. (And don’t forget a mocktail option!)

5. Be present. As we stress to our couples on their wedding day, take time to sit back and enjoy. You’ve worked hard to plan a special day for your guests (even if its a small dinner party or Christmas dinner) but you’re allowed to sip a signature cocktail and enjoy the company of friends and family. Cheers!

Photo Credits: Andrew Weeks Photography, The Grovers Photography, B&G PhotographyJosh Elliott Photography, Lorely Meza

 

Real Wedding: Natalie and Houston featured on Style Me Pretty

While celebrating a birthday, Natalie & Houston decided the Montage Kapalua Bay to exchange their wedding vows with a small, intimate wedding.They wanted to focus their wedding around the experience for their family and close friends and to share our love for the island, creating a wedding weekend of special activities leading up to the big day with a luau, golf tournament, and traditional hula and fire dancing at their rehearsal dinner.

The overall design meshed the picturesque views off the Point at Montage Kapalua throughout the decor, incorporating neutral colors with soft tropical greens and wood elements to feel natural and romantic. To make guests feel as though they were eating and dancing under the stars, the reception was held under a clear-top tent, lined with twinkle lights, chandeliers, and bistro lights above the dance floor. It was truly magical!

To view their full wedding feature highlighting all of their personal details and Hawaiian traditions, visit Style Me Pretty!
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Planning: Lindsay Longacre of LVL Weddings & Events // Photography: The Grovers Photography | Cinematography: Fisheye Studio // Floral Design: Wildheart // Venue & Catering: Montage Kapalua Bay // Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes // Ceremony Music: Ben and Maila // DJ: Maui DJ Services // Bar Rentals: Set Maui // Ceremony Canopy: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals // Rentals: Maui Rents, Signature Boutique Event Rentals, Paradise Event Rentals // Invitations: Paper Affair // Signage: Miss B Calligraphy // Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Jewelry: Eisman Jewels // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid // Hair + Makeup: Ry-n Shimabuku // Groomsmen’s Attire: Suitsupply //