We all know that planning a wedding comes with a long list of expenses and line items on your budget.
From invitations to midnight lunch and everything in between, it can feel like there’s a never ending list of things you have to pay for!

But with a proper budget plan in place and the right vendors you never have to feel stressed about wedding finances.

However, even the best laid plans can go awry if you forget even a seemingly small detail which is why we’ve compiled a list of ten things you may have forgotten to include in your wedding budget so you can plan your big day without the financial stress weighing you down!

Read on to find out more!


Who would have thought a tiny square of paper could cost so much?  Well, when you’re multiplying it by 150 it can definitely add up!  That’s why it’s important to set aside some money for postage when selecting your invitations.
If you’re also planning on including RSVP cards and envelopes for your guests to send back, it’s a good idea to make sure those are pre-stamped as well.
To ensure you’ve got the correct amount of stamps needed, it’s a good idea to take a completed invitation with all it’s components to the post office to have it weighed.  Sometimes things like direction cards, RSVP’s or informational inserts can make your invite heavier and you may need more than one stamp!
If possible, ask your local post office if you can buy stamps in bulk rolls to save you a few bucks!  It’s also important to ask for permanent stamps just in case the price increases during your engagement!

Pre-wedding Event Outfits

There is so much focus on the wedding dress that it’s easy to forget about what you’ll wear to your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower!
While you may have an outfit in your closet that will work for pre-wedding festivities, it can be nice to purchase an outfit that is especially selected for those special occasions.
If you know you want something special for your shower or rehearsal dinner be sure to set aside some funds in the attire section of your budget.

Bonus tip!  To get even more bang for your buck out of your pre-wedding event outfits, plan to take them with you on your honeymoon to wear to a romantic dinner!


Speaking of special occasion outfits – if you’re anything like most of the female population you have heard of a little thing called Spanx.  Yup, at Something Beautiful we love fitted cocktail dresses – but we love pizza more so what’s a girl to do?!
Well, we’ve became very familiar with Spanx!  (No shame.)
If you are planning to purchase specific undergarments for any of your wedding or pre-wedding event attire make sure you account for it in your budget.

Bonus tip!  When you go shopping for your wedding gown be sure to wear the same undergarments you plan to wear on the wedding day.  This will give you the most accurate fit and help you to truly visualize what your gown will look like on the big day!

Including Yourself In The Guest Count

This one is incredibly easy to forget!  When you are counting all those RSVP’s and tallying up your final guest count to give to the caterer – don’t forget to include yourselves and your bridal party!  Sometimes when it comes to counting tables it’s easy to skip over the head table and focus just on guest tables but double check that you’ve got everyone on the list – including yourselves!

(Also, when handing in your guest count, don’t forget about your vendors.  Planners, photographers, DJ’s and any other vendors who are going to be present for most of the wedding need to be fed during dinner as well!)

Parent Gifts

Now, there is no rule stating that you have to get your parents a gift on your wedding day buuuttt they did give you life so we think it’s a sweet gesture.
It doesn’t have to be extravagant, in fact our favourite parent gifts are small, sentimental items that can be kept as a keepsake.  For example, an embroidered handkerchief or a set of monogrammed cuff links are simple and elegant gifts that will mean a lot to your parents and serve as a keepsake from a beautiful and emotional day.

Breakfast and Lunch For The Wedding Party on The Wedding Day

Wedding day breakfast and lunch often get overshadowed by their wild and crazy cousins – mimosa and scotch!
Yup, people tend to forget about breakfast and lunch on their wedding day because everyone is in celebration mode!  It’s also a jam packed day without a lot of down time so sitting down for a meal can easily be forgotten.

It’s important to remember that not only should you be eating something throughout the day but you’re also responsible for ensuring your bridal party has food throughout the day as well!
Why not provide some fruit platters and yummy pastries with your mimosa bar while you’re getting ready in the morning before the ceremony?  We also recommend appointing someone to put a cooler full of sandwiches, wraps, granola bars and water bottles into the limo for the bridal party to eat in between the ceremony and reception!
(Plus as an added benefit that food will soak up some of the alcohol they’re going to be drinking throughout the day!)

Tips and Gratuities

This is a bit of a grey area in wedding planning where the rules fluctuate based on region.
In some cities it’s expected to tip each vendor between 10-20% where as in some other towns giving a thank you card or small token of appreciate is widely accepted.
It’s definitely a good idea to talk with friends and family who have been married recently in the same area to find out what they did, as well as chatting with your wedding planner for his or her professional opinion.

We think a good rule of thumb is to give a written thank you card to each and every vendor regardless of tipping norms in your area.  If one of them has gone above and beyond the call of duty feel free to tip them either financially (10-20% of their service fee) or with a token of appreciation personalized to them (Eg. a gift card for a restaurant they enjoy).

Sales Tax/Service Charges/Overtime Costs

Okay, so these could have been three separate items but we thought we’d combine them into one category.  Sales tax, service charges and overtime fees are all costs that can surprise you when you receive your final bill if they weren’t included in the original quote!

Taxes and service charges are expected in many products and services but it can feel like you’re being misled if they weren’t included in the quote you received.  Be sure to ask vendors up front if the estimate they provided you with included sales tax and service charges or if they are added on later so you can appropriately budget for the total amount!

Overtime charges are a slightly different story.  In a perfect world, itineraries would remain on schedule to the minute and the contracted amount of time each vendor provided would be just the right amount of time needed to capture each image or play each song requested.  However, sometimes things happen that throw perfectly planned timelines out of whack and you may need your photographer to stay an extra half and hour.  Or you may find that your guests are LOVING the photo booth you rented and you would like the company to keep it open a little longer.  So what do you do if your contracted time is up?  Well, usually vendors will have a clause in their contract regarding overtime charges on the day of the wedding.  Make sure you are familiar with them before hand and you’ve given permission to vendors to stay late if needed.

Bonus tip!  If you are working with a strict budget and don’t want to worry about the possibility of having to pay for overtime, sit down with a wedding planner and work out an itinerary and timeline.  He or she has the professional experience to know the best way to arrange a flexible reception timeline ensuring that you don’t have to worry about any vendors having to extend their time.  (Hint hint, Something Beautiful offers hourly consultations perfect for helping you with tasks like creating timelines!)

Thank You Cards

When you’re busy planning for the big day it’s easy to forget that there are still a couple details to remember AFTER the day is over!
One of the big things to remember is the cost of thank you cards!  Emily and Martha say that each guest should receive a hand written thank you note within three months of receiving their gift but we suggest the sooner the better.  (Why not write out your thank you cards on the plane while travelling to your honeymoon destination?  That way it’s off your to-do list and you don’t have to worry about tackling it when you get home!)
When you’re creating your stationery budget include thank you cards and the appropriate postage in the total!

Bonus tip! When you are opening your gifts from both your shower and wedding, make sure someone has a pen and paper handy to make a list of who gifted which item.  You can also write the gift on the back of the envelope and create a list from that later.

Cleaning Your Gown

No matter how careful you are on your wedding day, we guarantee your dress will get dirty.  Even walking across a hotel lobby will likely result in the bottom of your train gathering dirt and dust.  Not to mention the potential of make up, deodorant or sweat marks on the inside of your gown from getting your groove on all night long on the dance floor!
Whether you plan to sell your gown or box it up to save as a family heirloom we strongly recommend getting it cleaned after the wedding.  Ask the staff at the shop you purchased your gown from where they recommend getting your gown cleaned.  Some shops have a cleaning service in house while others have a list of trusted dry cleaners they recommend.

Good luck on your wedding planning!  Remember, if you need any assistance we are just an email away and happy to help with any detail, big or small!