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5 unforeseen wedding expenses

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There’s more to a wedding than just the venue, dress, photographer and catering. Make sure you leave room in your budget for some of these unforeseen wedding expenses too.


Contrary to what the movies tell us, it takes a lot of people working around the clock to pull off a fairy-tale wedding. These hidden expenses will require some legwork – from you, your family, your coordinator or an official.

  • Permits if you plan to use public spaces – and no, you can’t just rock up and have a wedding
    in a park or on a beach even if you visit them regularly on your own.
  • Tips, overtime fees and meals for your service providers, such as the DJ and the MC, and the photographer and videographer.
  • Extra fees for hiring a service provider that isn’t on the venue’s preferred list.
  • Corkage and cake-cutting fees for items not catered for by the venue.
  • Clean up and breakdown of the venue once the show is over and you’re honeymoon bound.


Since all eyes will be on you when the wedding march plays, you want to be confident that your hairstylist and make-up artist know exactly how you want you and your bridesmaids to look. Yes, it does cost to have a trial run of the look for the day a week or two beforehand, but you’ll be thankful you did: You can decide whether you’re happy with the final look and it gives you an idea of how much time you’ll need to factor in for this when the big day finally arrives.


Whether you’re having your dress made or you’re purchasing it, make allowance for any alterations you may need. This could cost anywhere from a few hundred rands to more than R1 000, depending on how much you need to have done and how complicated the work is. Be careful: Don’t simply assume that having a dress made means you won’t need alterations. Try it on and test it while walking, sitting down or dancing to check whether there are fit problems that could prove bothersome on the night – then get those fixed immediately.


The right underwear and accessories can be the difference between a basic bridal look and an absolute knockout vision. Don’t assume the sewn-in corset in a dress will solve all your support needs. Invest in good-quality support underwear and pieces that’ll make you feel like the goddess you are. The same goes for accessories: Select key pieces you know will complete your outfit and budget money and time for these – it may take a while to source the shoe sizes you need if you have a large bridal party.


Your invitations have already been printed and posted – but have you considered the budget you will need for the little extras such as place cards for the reception? Or perhaps the leaflets for the ceremony programme? Maybe you’d like guests to sign a guestbook that you can keep as a memento of the big day. Most of these little extras are often overlooked aspects that all add up, so either pencil them into your budget beforehand or ask a talented family member or friend to assist you with some DIY alternatives.