- 8 years ago
- Wedding: April 2010
I’ll admit it, it’s nice to look at my sparkly engagement ring, but it’s not my best friend, like the song suggests!
Next to Steve, my wedding budget has been my best friend these past few months. Almost every blog, website or magazine having to do with weddings will tell you the first thing you need to do after getting engaged and setting your date is to develop a budget. SO TRUE.
SO, a few weeks after being engaged, Steve and I had sat down with a good old fashioned paper and pencil, ready to tackle budgeting each line item for our wedding….and it was bound to be a LONG NIGHT.
Lo, and behold, I logged into my knot.com account, and came across one of the most glorious discoveries I have ever made- theknot.com ‘s budget tool.
It is glorious for several reasons:
A. It is comprehensive. Pretty much any wedding expense you could think or dream of is there. Another great feature? You can delete things that don’t apply to your wedding!
B. You have your total budget figure in mind, plug it into their tool and it magically divides your funds into each category, giving you a GREAT base to start from. You are able to go in, and edit things if you are spending more or less on your dress than they think you should, etc! AMAZING.
C. It is basically “Wedding budget for dummies”–and saves you HOURS of work!
D. IT’S FREEEEEE to use!!!
Okay, i’m done singing theknot.com ‘s praises, promise. Having a budget, however, does not mean you are home clear. It is the STICKING to the budget that is the most important part! It is really easy to talk yourself into non-budgeted purchases when you are out and about shopping (trust me, this is coming straight from my heart/experience). There are SO MANY great ideas and things to do with your wedding. And pretty much EVERY ONE of them will cost something, whether it’s for supplies, shipping or personalization–not very much is free.
It all comes down to:
1. Know your budget
2. Stick to your budget
3. Know your priorities
4. Stick to your priorities