While brides and their mothers usually have fun planning a wedding, fathers groan at the mounting expenses. Even though thrifty shoppers can uncover deals while shopping for generic wedding gowns, it goes without saying that this season's Vera Wang dress won't be marked down anytime soon.
If you're in the thick of planning your big day, you've probably learned that costs associated with weddings are rarely discounted, and the rental fees, alterations charges and other miscellaneous costs can quickly add up. Industry professionals like wedding planners, seamstresses and musicians will rarely (if ever) discount their services, so open your wallet and get ready to swipe your credit card.
Other hidden costs that never go on sale include the cake-cutting fee, postage stamps for the wedding invitations and alcohol charges. While your groom's mother might score a discounted rental fee for the rehearsal dinner venue (especially if the event is on a Thursday night), the open bar costs and dinner menu will be full-price, year-round.