Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wedding Budgeting

Planning a wedding is a big job, and a really fun job, but it can be hard to stay within your budget. When we started planning my wedding, Dad told me I could spend a certain amount of money. While it was great to know how much I could spend, I was a little lost, because I didn't want to spend it all up right away and then be stuck; but I didn't know how to keep from doing that either. So I looked around on line for wedding budgeting ideas, and I found this Easy Budget Wedding Worksheet. They give percentages of the total wedding budget that each part of the wedding should cost. It makes it so easy! Just decide on a budget, use the worksheet to figure out how much you can spend on your dress, flowers, rings, reception, and go shopping. It really helped me to know I could spend X amount of money on a certain category. Since our budget is very small, we cut out things from the planner (like the transportation category--limousines just don't fit into a frugal wedding!) that we didn't want, and used the money in another category. You can use this budget as a spring board to build your own. This budget planner really helped me.

3 comments:

sarahdodson said...

No limousine, Emily?? Now I'll have to cross that one off my photography checklist ;)

cnh said...

That is definitely helpful. I will have to pass that along to my sister, as she is planning a wedding! Heather

Christy said...

Congratulations, Emily!!! I've been meaning to get in touch with you and tell you that. You're in my prayers and thoughts! How fun. :) Miss you all.

~Christy and new baby!!