When I first starting planning our wedding, of course I thought of all the BIG things; reception venue, church, the dress. Well that doesn’t cover all the other things that go into planning a wedding. And you know what, there are a ton of things that you don’t think about until you face them, and you look at your wallet and frown.

It was kinda ironic that I ran across an article on yahoo the other day about hidden costs involved when dealing with a wedding, but you know what, they were right. So here are their top hidden costs:

1) Alterations – I honestly had no idea how much my alterations were going to cost. When I researched my guy some of the brides were saying they were paying $300+ on their alterations. Yikes! Well when I walked in there for my first appointment I only had to cough up $90, but I still have a $100 balance to pay off when I go into my next appointment on Saturday.

2) Undergarments – This wasn’t as much as a money crunch for me as others I guess. I only purchased a new bra at Victoria Secrets, and I’m still clueless on what kind of underwear I’m going to wear…definitely something comfortable that won’t give me a headache when dancing around.

3) Accessories – Minus my veil (which was on the expensive side) I have no other plans on wearing any jewelry. My mom might be letting me wear one of her simple necklaces, but other than that, I will be wearing no earrings, or bracelets, and I’m still up in the air on whether I’ll wear my engagement ring on my right hand or if I’ll have someone hold it for me until I slip it on after the ceremony.

4) Ceremony Doodads – Well we aren’t using a unity candle, so no worries on that cost. Pretty much only needing to pay for flowers and, well, the actual church, officiant, and music director. I can see if you’re having a heavy religious ceremony where the expenses can start adding up.

5) Hair and Makeup Trials – Having just gone through this not too long ago, I can vouch saying that this is definitely an expense, but at the same time…DO IT! Do not skip doing these trials because you want to save some money, it helps you figure out what you want, what you don’t like, and if you even like the people doing your hair/makeup.

6) Postage – Ugh, yes. Stamps are expensive, and especially if you have a ton of invites to send out, plus stamps for your rsvp’s and if you’re doing save the dates…it adds up fast. Also, when we were deciding on our invitations, look to see if what you pick will cost extra. Square invites will cost more because of their abnormal envelope shape, also the heavier the paper the higher the cost.

7) Bridal Party Gifts – I know some brides who will shell out barely anything for their girls because they believe that their bridesmaids should be grateful for even being asked in the first place. Wrong. Your girls are taking time out of their schedule to help you out and be there for everything, they are spending their money on flying/driving around, on dresses, and other things. Acknowledge their hard work and come up with something special.