How to Fix 5 Commonly Overlooked Wedding Expenses

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How I beat this cost: If you are a responsible credit user, I'd suggest opening up a credit card with big sign-on bonus points (my favorites are the Chase Hyatt, the American Express SPG, and the Chase Sapphire Preferred). Put your wedding expenses on those credit cards, and your wedding night will be paid for with points. We, however, got married in an area without many chain hotels. I've found that driving just an hour or two from the wedding venue can make a huge difference. A boutique hotel in the lovely town of Cambria cost us $150 a night, instead of the $300 a night for a comparable room in Santa Barbara.

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  • Postage: When I first put together my budget, this expense completely slipped my mind. A few readers helpfully reminded me that my invitations would not magically appear in guests' mailboxes. Postage does not seem like a big expense, but given everything that is mailed out in a wedding (save the dates, invitations, reply cards), it ended up higher than I had expected.

    How I beat this cost: I embraced technology by asking guests to RSVP on our wedding website. That way, there was no need for pre-stamped reply cards. The longer your guest list, the bigger the potential savings. Even with a small 40-person wedding, electronic RSVPs saved us $40-$50. Every little bit counts! If you prefer to do everything the more traditional way, save by choosing cards in standard sizes and weights, and forgo on the trend of using vintage stamps to address your envelopes. A set of vintages that make up 43 cents can cost more than $2.

  • What expenses did you overlook while you were planning your wedding?

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