There are some hidden expenses that couples
must build into their budgets to avoid fi nding
themselves in debt as they walk down the aisle.
• Taxes: Sales tax might not seem so signifi cant
when you’re buying everyday items, but the taxes
add up quickly when paying for a wedding. Depending
on where you live, state and local sales tax
can exceed 9 percent in the United States, and some
Canadians pay as much as 15 percent in Before
signing contracts with any vendors, couples should
get the price including sales tax written into their
• Gratuities: Even if gratuities for reception hall
staff are already accounted for, don’t forget to
include tips for additional vendors the day of
the wedding. Couples may be expected to tip the
fl orist, photographer, band or deejay and even the
reception hall maitre d’ if his or her gratuity is not
included in the aforementioned staff tip. Brides-tobe
typically tip their hairstylist and makeup artist
on the day of the wedding as well.
• Postage: Couples who plan to invite guests via
email or online invitations can skirt the cost of
postage. But many couples still prefer traditional
paper invitations, which include return envelopes
that tradition suggests should also be stamped.
Depending on the size of your guest list, postage
can cost several hundred dollars before
you mail your last invitation.
• Overtime: Overtime fees for reception hall staff
and additional outside vendors are typically written
into contracts, but few couples imagine needing
more than the predetermined allotment of time
noted in their contracts. But it’s better to be safe
than sorry, as unanticipated events such as a misplaced
wedding license or heavy traffi c on the way
to the venue can force the party to start late and
thus extend past its deadline.
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