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Hidden Fees!


So, you find a venue you absolutely love and the price is only $109 per person! That’s amazing! That’s so much cheaper than other places that are $120, $150, $200 per person!

While the base price IS much lower than other venues, it doesn’t mean that you’re paying $109 per person. 

Not. Even. Close. 

Ever notice the two plus signs next to the per person price? That means plus tax and plus gratuity. That $109 per person is actually $144 per person when all is said and done. 

I bet you forgot to budget for that. I know I did! And it was a terrible surprise! After the initial shock, I had to recalculate and re-budget everything. Don’t get me wrong, I knew it would be more than a flat $109 because everything has tax but I wasn’t prepared for an additional $35 per plate! 

While we’re talking about per plate charges, weddings would be so much more affordable if it was socially acceptable to NOT have an open bar. My base price would have been $69 instead of $109! Open bar adds $40 per person. 

Highway robbery if you ask me. Give me wine and I’m good. I don’t need the whole bar. (P.S. Some places offer a beer and wine option for half the price of a full open bar).

BUT, it’s really crappy if you to expect a gift (in New York, it’s usually monetary) and then also expect people to open their wallets to buy their own drinks. That’s just my opinion. That and I know I’ve talked shit about people who haven’t had open bar because it’s kind of tacky. Unless you’re doing a super non-traditional wedding not at a venue, then it’s totally cool. But seriously, don’t have your wedding at a beautiful venue and then expect your guests to pay for overpriced drinks at the bar, that’s not cool. 

Let’s talk about some other fees. Like the addition of ANYTHING to your menu. Oh you want to add some vegetables or a meat and cheese platter to your cocktail hour? $5 per person. You want a pasta added to your reception? $5 per person. No big deal, it’s only $5 per person… but multiply that by 170 people and that’s almost another $1000. 

At this point, I’ve already sold my soul for the wedding so where am I going to pull this extra money from? If you say, ‘From your money saving tips post!’, I love you, but I’ve already saved all that I can, not including my sanity. 

Anyway, just be mindful when budgeting for your big day. Get all the facts and figures AFTER tax because that will make a huge difference for you and make the headache slightly less painful. 

Wine also helps the headache, but you already know how I feel about wine. 


Much love and good luck ladies and gents!


A.Squared

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Wedding Disasters…

Everyone says that something will inevitably go wrong when planning your wedding… and I’ve been paranoid about that for the last year. 

Well, the paranoia is over because my my centerpieces were completely destroyed. My moms friend picked them up because she was going to bedazzle them for me, because she’s an angel, and someone rear-ended her on the way home. 

All of my beautiful GLASS centerpieces. Ruined. The centerpieces that I got for $150 flat for 17. I had gotten an amazing deal and jus like that… they’re gone. 

Now, we’re 5 weeks out to to the day, and I have no idea what we’re going to do. We’re strapped for cash because final payments need to be made, and I’ll never find anything that’s as perfect as what I had found. Anything now will be something I settle on because it’ll have to be cheap and it’s lost definitely last minute. 

BUT, the silver lining here is that at the end of the day, whether we have centerpieces or favors or cake or not, or if it monsoons or snows or whatever, I’m still marrying the man of my dreams. No matter what could go wrong, the love of my life will be at the end of the isle waiting for me. 

So ladies, whatever will be will be. A lot of things are going to be out of your control. Let it go. Remember the wedding is about marrying your soulmate. It’s not about all the bells and whistles that cost us a fortune and make us cut ourselves to sleep at night. 

Haha. 

Take a deep breath. Have a tall glass of wine. It’s going to be ok. 



Much love and good luck ladies and gents,

A.Squared