(Closed) How to budget

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i started with a total budget that we were targeting to spend, then went on theknot.com. they’ve got a budget calculator that estimates how much you should spend on each item based on your total budget. then i just kept looking for alternatives until i wasn’t overspending my budget! hope that helps.

Post # 4
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2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Do NOT use The Knot’s calculator if you’re not planning on getting everything they have on their list — even if you change your budget to “0” for items, or remove them, it doesn’t redistribute your money.

BUT. What you do need to know is that you can have a wedding on ANY budget. It just depends what kind of wedding you want. =) The hive has a “Real Wedding Budget” feature on the blogs that you can read to get an idea of what sort of price tag you’ll be looking at for your affair.

Post # 5
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10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

you can also google terms like “average amount of budget to spend on wedding photographer” for instance.  I actually don’t pay too much attention to the budget predictors. I always ask what is the most important thing to you and then work from there.  If you want a STELLAR location then you can probably cut back on the  decorations.  If you want a great photographer then you may be able to forego the videographer by putting the still photos onto a CD with music and perhaps recording your voices onto it telling how you felt at each moment.

Post # 10
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1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I used the knot budget, compiled a list, and printed it out with all zeros. I than did all the math myself, just to get a basic start it’s helpful.

Post # 11
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853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

sorry.. i forgot to mention that i did the asme thing shiningstar did – download everything into xls, zero out the things i didn’t want and redistribute the funds across what was left in the same ratio (ok this sounds more complicated in writing than it really is)

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