The experts at Country House Wedding Venues share their need-to-know pointers for keeping on top of your venue budget
You and your betrothed have searched high and low, and finally found the perfect wedding venue for your special day. You've been told the price - but what exactly does that include? It might not be as all-inclusive as you think and there are a number of extra costs that could crop up and blow your wedding budget.
Most of the time the cost of your venue will be inclusive of VAT but it's always best to make sure. If it's not, then you'll have to cough up another 20% of the price, which could make a serious dent in your wedding funds.
2. Corkage and cake-cutting
While an extra fee for cake-cutting isn't as common these days, a corkage charge is more widespread. Venues will often allow you to supply your own wine or fizz for your toast, which could save you a bit of money. It's not surprising to be asked to pay a set amount for each bottle opened and poured by the staff though so make sure you ask if your venue does this before sending those corks flying!
3. Non-approved suppliers
Some venues will have a list of suppliers that they have a special relationship with a better rate than you would normally find. Choosing other suppliers could see the costs jump up alarmingly as the venue might not have the same understanding with the new suppliers.
4. Overtime charges
Want to stay late, or arrive early? Well you most likely can - but chances are it might cost you a bit extra. Depending on the type of venue, you may be charged for the extra hours that the staff have to work and in some cases, you might have to pay a little to store your decorations before the big day too.
5. Feeding the professionals/staff
So you've factored in the costs of the wedding breakfast and possibly evening food too for all your guests - but what about all the extra people who at your wedding? The photographers, videographers, the band or DJ... All of them will most likely need feeding at some point, and it's generally accepted that the bill will be picked up by you. You don't necessarily have to provide them with a three-course meal and some establishments may offer a bar or staff menu to pick from. One thing is for sure though, feeding your professionals will end up adding a little bit more to the wedding total.
6. Furniture hire
It's vital to make sure that you know exactly what you're hiring your wedding location. In some cases, a venue may not actually have its own tables and chairs and you are literally just hiring the space. These can add a serious additional cost to your total bill so make sure you factor it into your wedding kitty.
7. Hidden marquee costs (including clean-up and the caterers' tent!)
A marquee wedding is a wonderful way to celebrate outdoors, but they can sometimes come with a whole bunch of extra charges. You may have to hire the marquee in addition to the venue, sometimes you might have to rent a catering tent where you wedding breakfast can be prepared, and sometimes, you might just have to pay to get it all cleaned up when your wedding is over!
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