Real Brides Tell All: The Most (Surprisingly) Pricey Part of My Wedding
BY CATEY HILL
You probably already know your wedding isn’t going to be cheap (the average wedding these days costs about $27,000, whew!). And I get it, you’re down to spend what you can on your big day – after all, you’re only getting married once! But that doesn’t mean you want to get blindsided by unexpected costs that you haven’t figured into your budget. So I asked a couple of brides what costs surprised them so you can be fully prepared when planning your big day.
When 26-year-old Chelsea Bakewell, a blogger at The Pursuit of Chic, was planning her wedding, she too found the cost of venues to be high – but for a different reason. For her, it was because the price of an open bar was way too much. Her solution: “One way I kept the cost down was by only viewing venues that let me bring in my own alcohol,” she says. “That way, we’re only responsible for bartender and set-up charges beyond the alcohol that we supply. And we get to take home the unused alcohol.” Another way to save on the venue is to look for ones that let you bring in your own caterer, as a lot of venues have an “approved” list of caterers, many of which are pricey.
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