Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hidden Wedding Costs You May Not Have Considered

As Atlanta's number one wedding florist, we here at Peachtree Petals have experience with weddings of all sizes and budgets. Regardless of the dollar amount brides hope to spend, one thing we routinely hear about are the "hidden" costs associated with wedding planning. While you may be stowing away cash for the perfect gown, open bar, and ornate decor, with the help of The Huffington Post, we've compiled a list of some of the lesser known costs of your big day to keep you from blowing your budget.

Postage: With the ever rising price of postage, this aspect of wedding planning can quickly become more costly than anticipated. The shape and size and weight of the paper invites cost more to send than traditional snail mail. In addition to the cost of postage to send out the invitations, you must plan on postage for RSVP cards and save-the-date cards.

Gratuity: Once you've found the perfect caterer and bar service, painstakingly crafted your signature cocktail, and tallied the RSVP card dinner choices, you might think you’re in the clear for food and drink costs, but you might not be considering gratuity and other service fees. Some catering companies factor in service fees and gratuity into the fine print of contracts, which can rack the bill up much higher than you had anticipated. Even if the gratuity is not factored into your contract, you'll still want to plan on 15-20% gratuity for services rendered on your big day.

Cake Cutting Fees: If your venue will allow you to bring in a cake from an outside vendor you may be incurring more cake costs than you think. Double check with your venue about cake-cutting fees. To recoup the lost costs of brides sourcing their decadent desserts elsewhere, many reception venues are charging cake cutting fees, which can range from $3-$5 per slice, for their staff to cut and serve up the wedding cake.

Packaging and Labels: DIY weddings are one great way to save money and to finally put all of your time on Pinterest to good use. However, you should consider the cost of packaging and labels as you decide to create a DIY favor, candy bar, sundae station, etc. Individual boxes and bottles can range from $3-$15! Label making supplies like circle cutters, ink, label paper, and ribbon can add up to over $100 for a guest list of just 15 people!

Voted Atlanta's best wedding florist by the wedding planning site WeddingWire.com, the talented florists at Peachtree Petals are dedicated to saving you money while providing the highest quality flowers and customer service for your special day. With over thirty years experience in the wedding flower industry, Peachtree Petals is the obvious choice for your big day. The Atlanta florist can do it all from bouquets to centerpieces, gourmet hand-dipped chocolates, and custom hair pieces.

Peachtree Petals wants to give you the peace of mind you deserve in your wedding planning process, so they are offering complimentary wedding consultations for area brides. In this consultation you will meet with a member of our FTD Certified Master Florist team to discuss your vision, likes and dislikes,and budget for your day. Our florists will share with you their extensive wedding portfolio and give you a price quote. To schedule this consultation visit www.peachtreepetals.com or call 678-336-1195 today.

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