To follow up on yesterdays post introducing my wedding and my intention to blog the event, I’d like to continue this series with a breakdown of my wedding budget and describe the process and provide suggestions. You can find the first part of this series here.
The budget is one of the most important things when planning a wedding, it is also one of the hardest to get right.
One of the issues I had with budgeting and I know a lot of people suffer with the same issue; is building the list of items to budget for. Chances are you’ve never been married before so it is hard to know what you are going to need. It is not nice to get caught out and have to find the money for extra things that were not immediately apparent. In situations like this the internet helps immensely. Usually a Google search will return literally hundreds of thousands of results for something like wedding budget, but this is simply information overload, now the challenge is to collate all this information together cohesively into something you can actually use. This is where articles like this come in, where someone has actually sat down and found great resources that they are more then happy to share.
One of the best sites I found that helped me itemise everything I needed to budget for was the WeddingGuideUK budget article. This site contains a wealth of information to help plan a wedding. But I found that you have to take their estimated item costs with a pinch of salt as they can be far off the mark, unless of course you have a large budget. I used this site as a basis for my item list and then deleted/added things based on my requirements. The best advice I can give is don’t waste your time estimating costs as they are usually far out from the actual amount and at least in my case can stress you out when you see the total. Try as hard as you can from the beginning to find actual prices for things.
In order to make this process easier, I created an excel spreadsheet to keep track of items, costs and anything I’d paid towards them. This helped me visualise everything and enabled me to break down the effort into smaller pieces enabling me to tackle specific things. This was useful when speaking to my venue’s wedding coordinator as it acted like a agenda for what we needed to discuss. click on the following link ExampleWeddingBudget to grab a copy of a modified version of the Excel spreadsheet I created so you can use it for your own budgeting needs. The total and remaining cells use sums to calculate their values so you shouldn’t need to manually edit them.
For me the budgeting process was very easy, but for many it can be difficult especially if you are trying to stick to a tight budget as I am.
Look out in the coming few days for the next part of this series. If you have anything you want to share with us regarding your wedding budget or your opinion on this post please let us know in the comments section below.