More Oh No’s – Forgotten Wedding Expenses

Authored by: Jim Emerson
February 29, 2012

It’s easy for budgeted wedding costs to get out of hand, but how about those expenses that you’ve overlooked in your budgeting as there are many hidden fees that can catch you off guard.  If you keep these hidden costs in mind when you establish your wedding budget, all your wedding day surprises will be happy ones.

  • Many couples forget to factor obligatory gratuities or service charges into their wedding budget. This isn’t a tip so much as an additional fee you’ll be expected to pay. 
  • Don’t forget to include the marriage license and certificate fee which typically costs approximately $150. 
  • Don’t forget the costs of the wedding rings. Often forgotten in the budgeting process but can be a significant contributor to the bottom line. 
  • When totalling your wedding dress(es) and tuxedo expenses, don’t forget the cost of the alterations. Most wedding dresses and tuxedoes require some “fine-tuning”, so consider these costs before you purchase your wedding attire.
  • Cutting the cake and serving it to give to your guests is usually an additional charge.  Ask if your venue charges extra for cake cutting, and if so, negotiate to have this fee included in the initial catering estimate. 
  • Some venues will allow you to provide your own wine for your celebration but may charge you a $15 corkage fee per bottle for doing so. Check the cost before signing the contract – it just may be more economical to have the catering company provide the wine. 
  • Don’t forget to budget for the cost of postage stamps. Factor in the costs to send your wedding invitation as well as your reply cards and thank you notes. 
  • Consider purchasing wedding and honeymoon insurance in case you need to cancel at the last minute. Emergencies may arise due to unexpected sickness or natural disasters which could prevent you from celebrating your wedding day or leaving on your honeymoon as planned. 
  • If you are planning a winter wedding don’t forget to budget for coat check services. Depending on the size of your guest list and your choice of venue, an attendant may be required which may amount to a $200-$300 surprise!

So obtain the total costs of each service before you finalize your contracts. In any event, be sure to have a little something extra tucked just in case!  

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Bridal Show Mania

February 28, 2012

Thank you to all the couples who visited the Enduring Promises booth at the “Ever After Wedding Show” sponsored by ClubLink.  Bev, Clubhouse Manager, and Kamarie, Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, at Glencairn Golf Club did a wonderful job in organizing a very successful show.

We also had an opportunity to visit with some vendors who we have worked with over the past years and recommend their services:

Sound Obsession Creations Makeup ArtistryChantal Dube Amber Richmond Photography  Streeterstevens Photography Lennox Printing press  Elizabeths Bridal Boutique  Wedding Officiants 

   Again thanks to Bev and her team for making the show such a tremendous success! 

February 14th is More Than a Date

Authored by: Rinette Emerson
February 10, 2012

Valentine’s Day is so much more than a date on the calendar. It’s a time when couples express their unconditional love for one another and celebrate the life they share. But why should this day of romance and friendships be limited to one day, one week or even for one month?

Celebrating February 14th as an engaged couple can be romantic and exciting opportunity for you to do some “advance” wedding planning. For couples about to be married, Valentine’s Day can set the tone of your relationship and mark the beginning of a lifelong adventure.

Here are some ways that will not only help you plan and celebrate February 14th, but help create a romantic honeymoon; 

  • Shower your partner with presents throughout the week prior to Valentine’s. It could be a small chocolate on their pillow every night for a week or a voucher for a back rub. Remember the best gifts are always the ones that make your partner feel special.  It doesn’t have to be a physical gift; it could be a smile, a hug or an unexpected kiss. 
  • Speaking of kisses, doesn’t it make sense to practice your “wedding kiss” on Valentine’s Day?  Start kissing softly, gently, and then add a little humor. In any event, it’s a great way to spend an hour or two – after all, practice makes perfect. 
  • Send a card, love letter or poetry. The act of expressing your love for one another on paper can heighten the romance as you remember all the reasons you fell in love with each in the first place. A week before Valentine’s, hide a card or letter in a place you know your love will find it. If you are in a long-distance relationship or don’t live together, mail your partner one each day for seven days.
  • Lingerie is a popular Valentine’s Day gift. But add to the romance by picking out something that you’d like to see your partner wear on your wedding night
  • Make a commitment to do one thing together each day before Valentine’s. It doesn’t have to be romantic or expensive, just being together talking and listening (read as a night without the TV on) is sometimes the best gift you can give one another. A heartfelt sentiment can often mean more than an elaborate gift!

When you take the time to create a special moment, it’s something that will last a lifetime. So during your Valentine week celebrations make your engagement even more memorable by take time to enjoy this “special time” with that “special someone” with those “special gifts”.

Follow along at our blog.  We post lots of content that will help you create your perfect, hopefully stress-free, wedding day.

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist! You can follow her on LinkedIn.


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Sheila and Evan

Hi Jim

We thank you very much for Officiating our wedding ceremony.  We really appreciate all your help and efforts.  Thank you for doing such a good job. 

The ceremony template was a huge help to us in preparing for all the other parts of the ceremony.  The sample vows and readings were better than anything we would have been able to come up with ourselves so we were very happy to have so many different vows and readings to choose from. 

The reminders and questions you posed back and forth through the online template were also extremely useful.  We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending you or Enduring Promises to others.

Thanks again for everything.  You certainly helped make our wedding memorable.


Sheila and Evan

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Estrelita and Jose

Hi Jim,

Both of us, as well as our guests, really enjoyed how great our ceremony was and were thrilled to have you Officiate our wedding ceremony. You were very kind, thoughtful and helped us create a ceremony that was personal and memorable.

Enduring Promises is a very professional and reliable company to work with.

Thank you very much for all that you did to make our Special Day truly special.

God Bless you always,

Estrelita and Jose

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