my FI and I are paying for our wedding, I am super excited with all the planing and my TA has been super supportive and helpful, besides these boards are super good. I am using a TA from Destination Wedding which allows you to enjoy many perks (and she is awesome) the only thing is that all is adding up quickly and things that I never thought about: fresh flowers for my hairdo, postage, gifts for the wedding party, Over Time in case I would like more services (photographer, DJ, etc), petals for the flower girl, shipping cost to bring my decor, cake topper or cake decoration, vendor fees which they are disclosed upfront, but the only disadvantage is that when I booked I did not look into the vendors that the resort offers. For us vendors were the next steps in the process, because just choosing the resort had its own research and homework. Now it is the time to select vendors and this can be frustrating (I recommend you to look into that before you book), basically you are given options to either go with their vendors in order to avoid the vendor fee (whether you like it or not) or just make a financial decision and follow your heart and pay for the vendors you really want PLUS the tedious vendor fee , so far those have been my "hidden costs" which I am not so happy about, but I did not look into that when I was resort hunting. (The DJ is the only "hidden cost" that we really do not call "hidden" because our DJ rate plus the resort vendor fee ended up to the same cost that we would have paid for the DJ offered by the resort).
We have a budget and we can be flexible for some things that will make sense, but we are not planning to go over budget for unreasonable things that the resort offers and have to come home to pay bills. I love the resort and have no regrets but, I just feel that if we want "a bit of this or some of that" it will cost us so much $$$ geezz ..what is your hidden cost so far ?or the cost you never thought about?...I think it will be helpful for future brides who are planning and also myself. Thank you
Edited by linaco80, 28 July 2014 - 07:08 AM.