Venue: When picking a wedding location, the lowest rate does not necessarily mean it's the cheapest option. Ask what's included in the price. Essential things like chairs and tables may not be covered, said wedding planner Mayra Castillo of AaB Creates.
Alcohol: If you're looking for the cheapest option, then say no to the open bar and just go with beer and wine. "A lot of people have this image of I want to toast with a champagne flute and have everyone wish me well," Castillo said. "But with champagne, not every venue has that included and a lot of catering bills also sometimes don't have champagne included, so it's good for you to ask and make sure that that's what's included in your price per person."
Tax and gratuity: That's definitely something couples tend to forget about, Castillo said. When budgeting for your wedding party, keep in mind the recommended 20 percent service gratuity and sales tax—whatever it may be in your state. Most wedding items you're shopping for (cake, catering, flowers, etc.,) have a sales tax, and that adds to your bill.