Post # 1
How do you make one? I really have no clue how to do the breakdown. I mean I have those thngs that are at a set price… They are not really negotiable. ( Venue rental, Wedding liscence) So how do I make one for everything else… To make sure I stay on track.
Post # 3
Research local vendors to determine an average price?
I just kind of guessed at mine and so far I’m on track.
Post # 4
I used the budget tracker on weddingwire.com when I was planning and I found it to be helpful.
The costs can quickly get out of hand, so you should definitely make a list of things that are most important to you and put most of your budget towards those things. Good luck!
Post # 5
I used The Knots budget maker, which doesn’t take in to account where you are planning a wedding. But it does break down your expenses.
To determine how much we wanted and could spend, we looked at our finances, decided what could easily be cut and what couldn’t and figured out what was left over after our regular savings. That total came to about 1K/month.
Post # 6
Personally I would decide how much you can afford to spend – take into accounts any generous offers from other family members as well. Once you know that, you can go into any sort of budget wedding tracker on weddingchannel.com or theknot.com. They give you rough estimates on what things cost – you can eliminate things that you don’t want to have or add in things that you feel are necessary but not included on the generic list.
You might be surprised that some things can be negotiable – venues might be willing to cut you a break on things if you do the wedding at an off-time or an off-day. You’ll be paying premium for a Saturday night most likely.
I track EVERYTHING – even things that just cost a few dollars – because it adds up quickly. To me, I am not willing to go into debt over the wedding so the budget is extremely important.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. I am getting my venue for $350.00 for the whole weekend which I think is a great price.. Its all the small things you are right. I have already bought a ton and realized that I should be keeping track. We are trying to do it all for under 5k not including alchohal meals and my dress. I hope its doable =)