Post # 1
So we are in the thick of planning and so far I have been just keeping track on pen and paper, and working that way….however i am quickly becomming overwhelmed….
How are you keeping track of all of your expenses???
I am open to suggestions….
Most people say excel, but you never know what else is out there!
Post # 3
@kansas_nurse: I used the budgeting tool that is found on theknot.com. I found it to be very useful!
Post # 5
I used an Excel spreadsheet. Had a column for “Budgeted” and a column for “Spent” so I could keep track of where I was over/under in budget. It worked for me, but I’m sure it’s not the only or even best option out there!
Post # 6
Extremely detailed Excel spreadsheet
Post # 7
@kansas_nurse: Many worksheets in an Excel file.
Post # 8
I used the budget tool on Wedding Wire. I liked that I could update and access it from both home and work.
Post # 9
I have an excel spreadsheet & a planning journal with my breakdown of spends.
Post # 11
I used TheKnot one, and kept a running tab of estimates!
Post # 12
wow thanks for all the suggestions ladies! I am downloading excel as we speak!! and looking at the online budgeters….I hope that i can find one that works!!!
Post # 13
By throwing receipts at my wedding planner.
Just kidding. But she has been a huge help in prioritizing, finding deals, and knowing where we can skimp and where we should splurge. Best money we’ve spent!
Post # 14
I’ve got a spread sheet on excel. We calculated a budget on there. Also, anytime we spend anything regarding wedding, I note it in excel, along with the price, date of purchase, and for which part of the budget the purchase is related to. That way if I want to see how much we have spent on decor, for example, it’s all right there to be added up.
Post # 15
I use an excel spreadsheet I created. I have a column for our unrealitic budget that our wedding planner created, a column for realistic budget for when we get quotes in (I make them bold when we have a contract signed and I can’t change the number) and 2 more columns for amount paid (usually when you sign a contract theres a resevations fee), and then amount owed for each expense. I have all the totals at the bottom. It makes it more managble to look at… It also makes me realize I owe all this $, but not right away! So not as daunting
I sugest researching the typical or average wedding cost in your area and using that as your starting budget, unless you are willing to cut on the guest list or only do heavy apps, or a non-traditional venue, then it’s really hard to bring that cost down. Good luck!!
Post # 16
We use Excel but we are not very diligent with it. So long as there is money, I don’t really care 😛