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Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out these wedding expenses you need to be ready for. If we haven’t met yet, hello-my name is Marsha.  I am the owner & lead planner of Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Our mission is to create an amazing wedding day celebration you and your guests to enjoy. We are all about wedding celebrations that tell your personal storythrough details that make your guests say “that was so them!”

Budget planning is the cornerstone of wedding planning. We hope as you prepare your wedding budget. These wedding expense tips will help you to NOT make those all too common wedding mistakes we see couples make all…the…time! 

xo, Marsha 


Do not underestimate the amount of postage you will need for your invitations. Be sure to weigh your invitation in advance at the post office to be sure you are purchasing the accurate amount of postage. Keep this in mind when you are selecting your paper type & elements to include in your invitation suite.

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Bride getting her make up done on her wedding day.

Tips will not be included in all your service providers, so this is something you need to prepare for. You want to be sure you are at least prepared to tip your servers, bartenders, transportation drivers, and hair and makeup artists. 

Dress alterations

Most dresses will require some alterations. Be sure to ask your dress shop if they do their own alterations or if you have to find a seamstress. I also suggest asking them what is the average cost so you have an idea of what to expect to spend. I would suggest budgeting a couple hundred dollars just to be safe.  

Maid of Honor help the Bride get ready for her wedding day.
Small wedding cake for a bride & groom 's cutting cake
Taxes & Service Charges

Be mindful of vendors that have to charge tax, or the tax may not be included in your final price. Some caterers and hotels may also have additional service charges to cover staffing costs. Be sure to ask about these, and calculate them into your final totals.

Vendor Meals

Yes, your vendors will need to eat. For most of us, this can be a 10-12 hour day where we are not able to leave to go get food. Be sure to review contracts of what vendors require & include them in your final head count. Provide them a hot, substantial meal–they are working hard for you on wedding day.  

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