Kobe. Wedding Rings. November 16th , 2017.
Why It`s Hidden: If you use the cake or liquor provided by your reception site, the charge is typically wrapped into the cost. Going with an outside baker or your own wine can raise the price. Why? Because your venue`s workers are responsible for slicing and serving each piece, then cleaning the dishes—and this means more work for their staff. The Cost: From $2 to $5 per guest for the cake; from $1.50 to $3 for every bottle the staff opens. How to Avoid It: Be up front. Ask about cake cutting and corkage fees before you decide to go with an outside source for either. Cleanup and Breakdown Costs. Why It`s Hidden: Many couples spend so much time planning the actual day they forget to budget for what happens when it`s all over. The Cost: While a full-service venue won`t charge for these things, if you`re paying a flat fee to rent only the space, anticipate additional charges for garbage removal (up to $250) and cleaning (up to $500). And even most full-service venues require same-day setup and cleanup. So if you`re getting married on a weekend, expect to pay time and a half for labor, and if your party goes into the wee hours of the morning, you may face extra charges for late-night pickup and cleanup. How to Avoid It: Read your contract carefully—the setup and breakdown costs should be included in the labor charge. Non-Approved Professionals. Why It`s Hidden: Some venues require you to use caterers or florists from their preferred pros list—and tack on a fee if you don`t. The Cost: Usually an extra 20 percent or more. How to Avoid It: Stick to their list of preferred vendors, or choose a venue without one.
If they did, you might decide to go with simpler (read: cheaper) invites. The Cost: Oversize, uniquely shaped, heavy or bulky invitations can cost you about $2 each to mail. How to Avoid It: Skip the fancy boxed invitations and multilayer cards, which can bulk up quickly and cost a lot more than you bargained for. Wedding Dress Alterations and Steaming. Why It`s Hidden: Most stores don`t include alterations (or steaming) in the price of the wedding dress, and they`re not doing it for free—it can take up to three hours just to alter the bustier. The Cost: A simple hem can be less than $100, but completely rebuilding a bodice can send the price up to $500. How to Avoid It: Ask about what the store charges for every alteration you may need before purchasing the gown so you`re not blindsided by the extra costs. Overtime Fees. Why It`s Hidden: Your band, DJ, wedding photographer and videographer are booked for a certain amount of time, so if your wedding runs a little longer than you expected, they`ll charge per hour after they`ve reached the time specified in the contract. The Cost: Starting at $250 per hour (although some vendor`s per-hour overtime fees are more expensive than their typical per-hour charge). How to Avoid It: Factor in additional time for getting dressed and taking photos—that way, you can book your pros for a more realistic time frame. Get overtime costs in writing (they shouldn`t be more than 50 percent more per hour than the regular rate), so you`ll know what to expect if you decide to keep the party going. Welcome Bag Delivery.
Act as a host throughout the day. Does Aunt Jane need help with directions to the reception? Does it look like the cake baker and caterer are having a disagreement? Did Uncle Mike ask for a vegetarian dinner and not get one? Does the bride`s grandfather look like he wants to dance but doesn`t have a partner? Did the groom`s father get stuck in an elevator right before his big speech? (Trust us, it happens.) Take it as a cue for you to step in and help where it`s needed, acting on behalf of the couple and their families—especially for things that the newlyweds definitely don`t need to be bothered with or know about. Tie up loose ends at the end of the wedding. Create a list with the couple or their parents ahead of time of any vendors that need to be paid when the night is over, so you can be the point person to hand out checks. Also, keep an eye on the gift table and card box, and delegate help bringing gifts and cards into a secure room or someone`s car after the party`s over. Take care of the bride`s wedding dress after the reception.
Scout an exciting background. Unleash your inner photo stylist. Find an Instagram-worthy skyline, latte or patterned pillow to serve as the backdrop of your ring selfie. Go the distance. Cell phone pics will never be professional quality, but there are a few tricks to make your shots look almost as crisp. Avoid the zoom on your camera— physically moving your phone will make a less pixelated photo. If you`re using an iPhone, set up your shot and then tap the screen to focus the lens. Avoid shaky shots by pushing the buttons on your earbuds to snap a photo instead of tapping your screen. Strike a (flattering) pose. Say good-bye to creepy hands by relaxing your fingers, adding a prop or resting your hands on your new fiancé`s arm. Avoid shots that highlight every pore and strand of hair on your hands by a slight tilt of the camera—or your hand—instead of shooting straight on. Take lots of options, but only upload one. You want your ring to stand out and look awesome. Skip the collages and pick one great shot to feature.
Fix it before you post. Use an editing app like Photoshop Express, VSCO Cam or Afterlight. These apps make it easy to experiment with cropping, contrast, saturation and sharpness to get the very best from your digital photo. If all else fails, use a filter. Instagram`s go-to filters made it easy for anyone to take a share-worthy photo. Add your ring selfie, apply that perfect Valencia filter and done. Share! If ever there were a time to be sentimental, it`s now. Write the caption about marrying your best friend, get creative with the emojis and tag the location of your proposal to share on social media.
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