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Planning a wedding budget can be a mystifying and exhausting experience for people not used to managing large-scale events. Choosing a good wedding budget planner can help keep costs in order and planning on schedule. There are many different types of wedding budget planner that can help make life a little easier for frazzled planners. In order to choose the best wedding budget planner, it is important to understand how elaborate the preparations and costs will be for this special day.
The most basic type of wedding budget planner is a simple set of worksheets. These usually list all the basic costs of the wedding, such as the site fee, catering, clothing, flowers, and photography. Some include helpful guidelines as to the percentage of the budget that should go to each area, but don't be worried if calculations don't match exactly. While this can be a good basic way to plan a traditional wedding, the worksheets may include a lot of extraneous information and not any room to add additional costs. Wedding budget worksheets are easy to find online for downloading or printing, and are usually free.
Some people like to use a simple spreadsheet program to budget out a wedding. These spreadsheets, which come standard on most computers, allow a person to set up and manage a budget through the use of a few basic mathematical functions. Each field of expense can be added manually, so there are no extraneous items and it is clear exactly how much is being paid for each item.
For the Internet savvy, online wedding budget planners can give extremely detailed information on nearly every aspect of a wedding. These planners, which may be free or available for a fee, can give budget breakdowns, set payment dates, create payment plans, and even remind planners when payments are due through texts or emails. Most of these websites allow for planning of not only the wedding, but rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and even the honeymoon. Some may include helpful comparisons between local vendors to help determine the best possible prices for a budget.
Some couples opt to create a handwritten budget to keep as memorabilia. These are typically decorative and included in wedding scrapbooks. Most often, a decorative wedding budget planner is created after the fact, so that calculations aren't repeatedly crossed out, rewritten, or wept on. In years to come, it may be amusing to look back at the wedding budget and laugh over exactly how much trauma and sincere discussion went into paying for the azaleas.
Planning a wedding on a budget is no problem if you don't want the earth! I can't believe all these huge shindigs I see at weddings these days. It's unreal, all the things that are involved in planning a wedding. Some of these brides don't need wedding budget planners, they need accountants! I can't imagine spending that kind of money on a wedding.
I don't necessarily think everyone should just go to the courthouse, but having these lavish parties because of some unrealistic expectations is ridiculous, to me. A married couple will be in debt soon enough. No use starting before you have to!
You could use an online worksheet, but if you don't have a huge blowout, you can do what I did and just get a legal pad.
I put my budget at the top and wrote down everything we were paying for: my dress (with alterations), veil, shoes, groom's tux, flowers, church rental, invitations (including postage), officiants' fees and photographer. We had an afternoon reception and a dear friend did the cakes and simple refreshments as her gift to me.
If you keep everything simple, you don't need a massive spreadsheet to keep track of everything. In any case, the trick is to write down all the costs, add them up and see where they are with regards to your budget.
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