Hidden Figures: A planner's guide to unspoken costs of wedding

Hidden Figures is not just an awesome movie with Taraji P. Hensen, it is a huge part of a wedding that many people completely overlook. The hidden costs of a wedding can add up to thousands of dollars. Here are some of the most common costs!! You’ll thank us later! Happy Planning!!!


Marriage License

Let’s make it official! Depending on your state and jurisdiction, a marriage license can range from $90-120!


You’ve been working on your fitness and you’ve lost weight. Now you need your dress altered. This is not an area that you want be cheap with. Get referrals or use the in-house seamstress but keep in mind that this can vary greatly depending on style of dress, embellishments, extent of alteration etc.

Bridal Accessories

Broches, Tiaras, shoes, veils etc. All of the accessories you’ll need to complete your look will add up!

Paper Products

RSVP Cards, Thank you cards, Save-the-dates are traditional costs to consider. The digital age can help you reduce some of these costs, but prepare to spend those coins!


No matter how modern you are, USPS will be helping you throughout your wedding process and the cost of stamps currently at $0.49 you can easily spend $300-400 just to let people know.

Food for the day-of

Even though you’ve hired the best caterer in the city, Mcdonald’s may still have to hear from you. The day of wedding can be as long as a work shift and not eating is not an option. Be prepared to feed the entire bridal party and some family and friends.

Day-Of Coordinator

This is really a priceless option, but may literally be the most forgotten component of a successful wedding. Having a “Day-of” coordinator allows you the opportunity to truly enjoy your day!

Tips and Gratuity

Most vendors do add this into the cost of service, but for those who don’t be prepared to pay at least 20%. Also, this will most likely have to be paid in cash.

Rehearsal Dinner

Even the most DIY bride will have to pay something for the rehearsal dinner. Ask family members if they’ll be willing to host, keep the alcohol low and make foods that appeal to a wide range of people.


Even if it’s just a gift to say thank you, don’t forget to budget in your pastor, rabbi, friend, officiant be prepared to pay something towards their efforts. If they come from out of town, consider their travels costs and hotel.

Delivery Fees

Food for the Vendors

We all have to eat! And the vendors are no exception! Ask each vendor if they have assistants or dietary restrictions!

Prep (Hotel) Rooms

Many times you want to eliminate as much stress as possible by having the bridal party get together in the same location. Try to book hotel rooms in blocks or look on Groupon, Trivago, Expedia etc. for discounts!