If you think that everything comes at face value in the world of event planning then think again! Today’s buyer beware-esque tip is about hidden fees. If you are planning your own event, dinner party or wedding, you want to be sure to ask all the right questions. Depending on the venue there are a whole host of costs that are not necessarily quoted up front to the planner.
- The most common hidden costs are administrative fees that get tacked on top of a quoted food and beverage minimum at restaurants and hotels. Sometimes this cost is taxable and other times it is not depending on if it’s a gratuity, commission, or service fee.
- When you’re dealing with artwork and printing there are often set-up costs in addition to the actual printing that must be calculated into the overall budget.
- If you’re hiring entertainment, there may not be a hidden cost per-se, but best practices would certainly require that you for paying for their parking and a meal at the very least.
- If you’re required to get a permit for parking, liquor, entertainment or other, there will certainly be permit fees associated.
While these costs often seem insignificant one by one, they can certainly add-up together to a whole new total. So plan easy, and just ask if there are any added fees!