How are you keeping track of your overall budget?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
10883 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@kansas_nurse:  I used the budgeting tool that is found on  I found it to be very useful!

Post # 4
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

excel spreadsheet!

Post # 5
22124 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Extremely detailed Excel spreadsheet

Post # 8
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I used the budget tool on Wedding Wire.  I liked that I could update and access it from both home and work.

Post # 9
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have  an excel spreadsheet & a planning journal with my breakdown of spends.

Post # 10
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kes18:  +1

Like to the cent

Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I used TheKnot one, and kept a running tab of estimates!

Post # 13
1951 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
13 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

We use Excel but we are not very diligent with it. So long as there is money, I don’t really care 😛

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