Post # 1
i spent hours last night trying to estimate how much ill have to spend per section. (florist, dress, ceremony.. i mean everything) i must be doing something wrong because i keep coming in WAY over my budget. im frustrated and tired and really just want to throw all of my wedding books, mags and notebook out of a window of a very tall building. how much are you spending on…
b. food and alcohol (for open bar)
c. reception and ceremony rental fees
g. bridesmaids dresses (we’re paying for our bridesmaids dresses)
h. groomsmen tux rental
i. makeup & hair
j. linens (napkins, table coverings, chair coverings. is it cheaper to buy your own fabric and make it??)
k. dj and band (how much per hr)
l. wedding coordinador m. decoration??
n. invitations and save the dates (anything paper related)
o. party favors (whatver you call them. the little gifts you give your guys at the end. im totally blanking out now bc im so overwhelmed.)
p. whatever else i forgot.
sorry the list is so long. thanks for your input!
Post # 3
check out the real budgets feature. It helped me 🙂
Post # 4
I have a wed share (www.wedshare.com) website for my wedding and on it they offer a budgeting tool that you input your totaly amount for the wedding and it breaks down what you *should* spend on each item (*should meaning the maximum with out going over budget, of course when you spend less on one thing, it then leaves a little left over to add to other things if need be)
If you want I could input your total and birdal party number and send you the calculations if comes up with?? Just a thought, I understand if you don’t want to share money numbers with me 🙂
Otherwise try http://www.museweddings.com – it’s free and I use it as a back up to the original budgerter and payment tracker. It may not have eeverything in it and it doens’t tell you what to spend on each item – but it is helpful.
PM if you want me to do that calculation for you.
Post # 5
The knot and Brides.com have ones that will give you decent guidelines. I used the one from Brides.com so that I could lock in the amounts of items I had hard numbers for.
Post # 6
I thought Mrs. Onion’s post:
How To Build a Wedding Budget
had some good ideas as well. It really helps to get an idea of cost of vendors in your area BEFORE you set your budget.