More from The Wedding Guru

The 20 Hidden Costs of a Wedding

Have you heard of the 10% rule? Plan to add these “hidden” costs into your wedding budget

We all know what the major expenses are of a wedding: clothes, location, food, entertainment (oh, and that silly little thing that started it all — the ring). But every married couple will tell you not to forget the “hidden” costs, too.

A Hudson Valley bride asks...
“My budget includes the venue, my gown, his tux, the photographer, the deejay, the caterer, cake, and flowers. Somewhere I read that I need to add 10% for ‘hidden’ expenses. That scares me! I want my budget to be as complete as possible, so what am I missing?”

The Wedding Guru says...

I have heard of that 10% rule. Here are a few items you may not have considered (but should):

  • Accessories
  • Undergarments
  • Cake-cutting and corkage fees (if you bring in your own cake and/or liquor)
  • Cleaning and preserving your gown
  • Clothing and luggage for your honeymoon
  • Transportation for guests
  • Welcome bags for guests
  • Gifts for your bridal party and parents
  • Sales tax
  • Service charge to your caterer
  • Tips and meals for your vendors
  • Tips to the venue staff
  • Tips for coat check and valet
  • Donation or honorarium for your officiant
  • Church fees
  • Overtime costs
  • On-site security
  • Postage for your “thank you” notes
  • Prints of your favorite wedding photos
  • Marriage license alterations

Readers, share any I’ve missed in the comments box below!

Got more questions? Write to me at!

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Your to-dos before the I-dos

About This Blog

Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

This blog hails from, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites.

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module