Post # 1
how do you work out a budget? or did you just kinda let thing go where they fall?
so far i have spent :
$211 on bouquets – $211 to pay
$120 on my heels and flats for ceremony and reception
$110 on car hire deposit – $990 left to pay
$330 on his wedding band
$50 deposit on chapel – $800 to pay
$950 on room hire for the reception
$50 deposit to book our cake maker for the day
$250 deposit for hair and make up (includes her coming to us and tattoo coverups) – $560 left to pay
$1000 deposit on photographer – $1200 left to pay
$150 deposit for celebrant – $200 left to pay
$300 for my wedding band
$100 deposit for the decorator – $725 left to pay
$150 deposit on suit hire (3 suits) – $150 left to pay
$270 for engagement parties
$100 for trash the dress shoot wedding dress
$100 for engagement photoshoot
That already is coming in at just over $9000 and we still have big ticket things to organise / pay for!! wedding dress, reception photographer, invites, catering, alcohol, dj, dance lessons
gah i think im way in ove rmy head
Post # 3
I felt the same way as you do right now, but you definitely want to have an idea of how much you want to spend before you do anything else. I used this budget worksheet:
http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/budget/wedding-budget-worksheet-00000000009135/index.html (just click the link for the worksheet)
I used a few others (just google “wedding budget worksheet” and you should get a few useful hits) and tweaked and combined them all to do what I felt like we wanted and needed and put my final one in a google spreadsheet.
Post # 4
thanks!! it just seems like we are spending so much that we wont have a honeymoon and we plan on TTC basically wedding night so i also want to have savings for that. as well as buying a house.
days like today i miss being a worry free five year old lol
Post # 5
@Pokemon: Wow, that’s a lot. I would really suggest getting your budget worked out then! Haha, I definitely understand where you are coming from about being a 5 year old. I have those moments too.
It’s hard when you feel like you are all out of sorts, but I am sure that this will help. It really helped me to stay on track. I like to have things written down. I hope that it helps you! If you need any more help I can try my best, I love budgets and stuff like that.
Post # 6
im kinda like that i have to have it on paper to understand it. i have a excel spreadsheet that i have EVERYTHING typed down.
not including any of next years tax returns input from either FI or myself, any of my bonuses which is usually $200 a month, and FI has been promised a pay rise startin next financial order. without those we will be saving $1100 into our wedding account a month (we each save in to our private accounts too) so i know that i have a bit to work with
Post # 7
I would use the budget tool on weddingwire. Its super easy to use, lets you keep track of payments, and gives you ballpark figures to start with when you enter in a total budget goal.
Post # 8
Ickk…we have had so many issues with our excel wedding budget! The FI works in computers and wanted to set it all up. Problem is he put in so many equations and has stuff being pulled from different pages that it’s gotten all mixed up NUMEROUS times.
We started with how much we had to spend
Breakdown of costs
Savings-deposits= what’s left
But the problem is that with all this going on we missed that we needed the spreadsheet to update when we spend $ and to take that amount-what’s left to see where we are. For some reason we just can’t get it.
It’s been about 9 months 🙁
Post # 9
@asscherlover: thanks! i find it odd that weddingwire would let me choose Australia as where im having my wedding but had all of US, canada, some islands ect….
i dont like that
Post # 10
I am using the knots budgeter as a backup but also have my own budget checklist whwere i weite down how much everything is, deposits, final payments, etc.
You have spent quite a bit so far, I would sit down and make up a relaistic budget before you sond anymore so you know what you have left to works with.
Have you already budgetd for the catering and venue? Also I see that you’re spending $2200 on a photogrpaher but then you’re another photgrapher for just the reception? Is there a way to get the same photographer to photograph both events at a discounted price?
Post # 11
I wasn’t very good at it. Our budget kept going up.
Post # 12
@bridalprincess: we have been told catering will be $36 a head (canapes, main buffet with extras and dessert) so we know how much roughly it will amount to.
As for the photographer, the main wont work nightswhich is when the reception is and the reception photographer (think photobooth but better) is ridiculously cheap