Arrange Wedding costs

You have set your wedding budget and checked it twice, but here are some costs you may not have considered.

To help you plan for everything we have compiled a list of things that are commonly overlooked when setting and allocating your wedding budget. Here are some wedding costs you probably didn’t know about.


Corkage and cake cutting fees

If you use the cake or alcohol provided by your reception venue, the corkage and cake fees are typically wrapped into the cost. But if you bring in a cake or alcohol that is not provided by your venue, some venues will charge for the cutting and serving of the cake and corkage fees too.


Postage costs

If you’re having your invitations made, factor in postage to your wedding budget too. Keep in mind that with a standard letter costing $1 to send nationally, adding weight or size to that could see you spending more than $2 for each invitation. Also remember to factor in postage for thank you notes if you receive wedding gifts.


Ring insurance

You have a beautiful new piece of jewellery adorning your finger, so you should do what you can to protect it. Insurance is a good way to go to avoid a costly replacement or repair if something should go awry.

The annual cost to insure your ring is around $1 to $2 for every $100 that it would cost to replace. This means that if your ring would cost $9000 to replace, you might expect to pay between $90 and $180 per year to insure it.


Liquor licence

If you are having your reception on a private property,  a temporary limited licence is generally not required where liquor will be supplied free of charge. However, a licence will always be required if the supply of liquor is contingent on the sale or purchase of  goods or services.

If liquor is being supplied through a catering or beverage company, the company will require a liquor licence. Always check they have the relevant licences and that this cost is covered in their quote.



Unless you’re extremely lucky, your wedding gown is going to require some alterations. This could be as simple as hemming the gown, taking it in (or letting it out), or structural changes like adding straps. Make sure you add a little extra to your dress budget to cover any potential what-ifs.


Pre-drinks and food

Chances are you have meticulously planned what people will be eating at your reception, right down to catering for the vegans, gluten intolerant and small children.
But what about you and your bridal party before the ceremony has begun? Don’t starve! Arrange some small snacks or light meals to tide you over and keep you energised. Also, remember to count yourself and your partner in the final table count.
Additonally, your photographer and videographer will be with you for more than eight hours on the wedding day, so consider arranging meals for them to keep them going.