Setting up a wedding budget is absolutely essential to planning your wedding and is one of the first things you and your partner should do. Use this handy wedding budget worksheet to plan out what you’ll need to pay for, and how much you should plan to spend on each thing. (Use a calculator to figure out the percentages.)
Start off by using the wedding budget planning worksheet to figure out the basics. If you already know some of the costs, such as the hall rental, put in the actual numbers, and adjust the other numbers to make up for it. You can ask other brides who have gotten married in your area what they spent on vendors to figure out if these numbers are realistic, or need to be adjusted.
In making the adjustments, keep in mind what’s most important to both of you. You may decide that you want to have an amazing photographer, but you’re happy to hunt for a bargain on the dress. If you’re having a small wedding, your catering bill won’t be as big a percentage of the budget. You can adjust your budget numbers to reflect your priorities. Talk about it as you go!
Print this handy wedding budget worksheet and put it in your planning notebook so it will be handy whenever you are out shopping or talking to a vendor.
Our wedding budget worksheet:
|Expenses||% of total budget||Your estimate||What you actually spent|
Location fee, officiant fee, marriage license, ring pillows
Reception Site, Food, Drinks, Rentals, Cake, Favors
Dress, headpiece/veil, undergarments and hosiery, shoes, accessories, jewelry, hair and makeup, groom's tuxedo/suit, shoes, bow tie, cuff links, studs, suspenders
His and her rings, engraving
Ceremony, bride's bouquet, maid-of-honor and bridesmaid bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres, centerpieces, flower-girl basket
Ceremony musicians, band and/or DJ, cocktail hour musicians, sound system rental
Photographer & Videographer's fees, albums, additional prints, disposable cameras
Transportation for wedding party, parking attendants
Invitations, response cards, thank you notes, postage, calligraphy, guest book
Bridesmaid and groomsmen, parents, welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.