Whether your planning an intimate dinner party for 15 guests or a lavish gala for 1000 guests, everyone should beware of hidden fees that can creep up and blow your budget out of the water!!!

– Overtime Fees. Remember there may be overtime charges for any of the vendors who plan on ending the event at a certain time. The photographer and videographer also may require a certain time window and charge for overtime at your event.

– Consider the consumption vs. the package bar. The former means that you’re charged for every drink served. The latter indicates an estimated charge and no additional costs if you go over. Be sure to check that wine service at the table is included in the package if you go that way.

– Service Charge and Gratuity for Catering Food and Beverage. This usually runs around 20–22% over the actual food and beverage cost. Must add tax for the pre-service charge amount on top of this as well.

Be sure to always read the fine print of your contracts, thats where those hidden fees like to hide out!

Thanks and Happy Planning!