Hidden Wedding Venue Fees and 4 Ways to Avoid Them

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Deciding where you'd like to have your wedding can be a tough decision to make. In the end, it is almost as if you're finding a home for the biggest party, day, and moment of your life. So the place you choose should have the atmosphere, vibe, and accommodation that not only fit your budget but also fits the overall look and theme of your wedding.

When you've said "I Do" to a wedding venue and are about to sign on the dotted line you can often be so excited that you forget to check for hidden fees. Here are four ways to make sure you've discovered and dodged any hidden wedding venue fees that you were not intending on having to pay for later.

1. Review the Contract Yourself
Love does make us all a little blind, but when it comes to finding the wedding venue of your dreams, avoid jumping in and signing on the dotted line without reviewing the contract. Get a second pair of eyes to look over it as well.

2. Circle Any Questionable Fees
There may be descriptions of fees that you don't fully understand, like a cake-cutting fee or a set-up and breakdown fee. Highlight those and ask the venue to explain them to you before making this official.

See More: Ways to Save $2,000 on Your Big Day

3. Outline Overtime Charges
Because the party might not end when you think it will, be sure to have a set fee attached to what happens if you don't leave the venue for an hour or two after the scheduled end time.

4. Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
Even though the venue has quoted you an initial price, be sure the contract you're signing has the final price, including all taxes and extra add ons. Just so there are no surprises after you sign on the dotted line!

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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