When you start planning your wedding you will find items and services you never knew you needed or wanted! Here are 15 expenses that can be easy to overlook.

Engagement Photos

Typically your engagement photos can be worked into a package with your wedding photographer. Bundling always saves a few dollars! The added bonus is you get to know your photographer that much better before the big day.

Engagement Ring Sizing

Some jewelry stores will do this at no charge when you buy your ring, some won't. If you are using a vintage ring you will need to pay to have it sized.

Asking Bridesmaids

Of course you can just ask them straight-forward if they would be a bridesmaid, but that's not much fun. Take them out for a fun night and ask them to be your bridesmaid then!

Invitation Stamps

These days we don't send much in the mail so the cost of stamps might not be on the top of your list. Don't forget to budget correctly. Some envelopes that are heavy will require extra stamps. The Post Office's website has a tool to help you figure out how many stamps you will need for each invitation. Don't forget the return envelope postage!

Dress Alterations

Unless you are very lucky and find a dress that fits you perfectly you will need alterations. This cost can vary, so make sure you ask your bridal shop about alterations.

Bridal Party Gifts

Plan these purchases early. If you wait until the last minute you may end up spending more than you'd like. Purchasing early also gives you time to have something personalized for each bridal party member.

Ceremony Music

Even if your ceremony is in a church you will likely need to pay an organist to play at your wedding. If you are having your ceremony outdoors or in a location not designed for ceremonies you may need to hire a company to provide sound so your vows and the officiant can heard. River City DJ can help you with this service.

Cake Cutting

Not all venues will cut the cake for you. Make sure you ask about this with your venue contact! If they will not cut the cake you need to check with your bakery for other options.


Wether you are taking your own car, hiring a limo, or carriage, you will need a way to get to the ceremony and reception locations. You may also need to provide some transportation for older guests.

Vendor Meals

Sometimes vendors are forgotten about when it comes to dinner. Remember, your photographer and videographer have been with you all day. Giving them the same meal as what you are serving your guests is very appreciated. The typical vendor meal is no comparison.

Non-RSVP Guests

No matter how well you plan, no matter how much you ask for a RSVP, some people will just show up. Your caterer will help you plan for this. On the plus side there is usually a few guests who won't show up. Typically it all works out just fine.

Sunset Wedding

Having a sunset wedding can allow for a dramatic change in the lighting for your venue! Talk about this with your wedding planner or whomever is providing the decorations. The lighting River City DJ provides can provide multiple different looks throughout the night. We can help you make your reception venue pop!


If the party is going hard and you don't want it to stop you can keep it going, at a cost. Check with your venue and entertainment about their overtime costs.

Dress Cleaning

It is important to have your dress cleaned after the big day! Having it preserved is a cost you want to budget for before you leave for your honeymoon.

Legal Documents

After you get your official copy of the marriage certificate you will need to update your passport, drivers license, credit cards, bank accounts, etc. Sometimes each of those accounts will require a separate copy of the marriage certificate; budget for extra copies.


Top 10 Songs!


Choosing the songs for your reception should be a lot of fun! To help you out we are listing the top 10 songs for the First Dance, Father/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son Dance, Cake Cutting, Bouquet and Garter Tosses, and the Top 10 Requested songs.

These lists should make your song selection that much easier. Our online music selection offers these suggestions as well. If you want more suggestions let us know, we are here to help!

First Dance
  1. All Of Me - John Legend
  2. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  3. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatr
  4. At Last - Etta James
  5. Marry Me - Train
  6. Marry You - Bruno Mars
  7. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  8. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
  9. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  10. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Father/Daughter Dance
  1. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  2. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
  3. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  4. My Girl - Temptations
  5. Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger
  6. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
  7. How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
  8. My Wish - Rascal Flatts
  9. When You Say Nothing At All - Alison Krauss
  10. I Loved Her First - Heartland
Mother/Son Dance
  1. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  2. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  3. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
  4. How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
  5. My Wish - Rascal Flatts
  6. All You Need Is Love - Beatles
  7. Unforgettable - Nat King Kole & Natalie Cole
  8. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
  9. L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
  10. Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Cake Cutting
  1. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
  2. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
  3. At Last - Etta James
  4. Marry Me - Train
  5. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
  6. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  7. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
  8. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  9. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
  10. Build Me Up Buttercup  - Foundations
Bouquet Toss
  1. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyoncé
  2. Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  3. Wannabe - Spice Girls
  4. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  5. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
  6. Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
  7. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
  8. Only Girl (In The World) - Rhianna
  9. Where Them Girls At - David Guetta ft. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj
  10. Oh, Pretty Woman  - Roy Orbison
Garter Toss
  1. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
  2. Hey Ya! - Outkast
  3. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
  4. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
  5. Brick House - Commodores
  6. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
  7. Push It - Salt-N-Peppa
  8. Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
  9. Hot In Herre - Nelly
  10. U Can't Touch This - M.C. Hammer
Current Top 10 Requested
  1. Happy - Pharrell Williams
  2. All Of Me - John Legend
  3. Uptown Funk! - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  4. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
  5. Timber - Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
  6. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
  7. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil' Jon
  8. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
  9. Shut Up And Dance - Walk the Moon
  10. Get Lucky - Daft Punk


    Josh has been a DJ in the St. Louis area for 22 years. In this blog he offers tips and ideas to help you plan your amazing event!
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