As someone who was the Maid of Honor for a wedding last May, got married in September and is going to be the Matron of Honor next July, I can very confidently tell you that weddings are EXPENSIVE. I’ve heard a lot of people say that you can make a wedding as cheap or as expensive as you want, and I think that is true. But at some point we have to realize that if we want to invite everyone important to us, have a nice memorable ceremony and have a rockin’ reception, it’s not going to be cheap. It doesn’t matter how many corners you try to cut and doesn’t matter how many different ways you try to save money, the cost just adds up.
Look at me for instance, I made 70% of the items that were used for our wedding. Some of which I paid nothing for. I also bought extra items and sold them for a profit. I also bought or made larger items and rented them out to try to cut costs. Yet I still had to tie a rock to my wallet so it didn’t float away. What it comes down to if you are on a budget, which I am sure most people are, is prioritizing. What can’t I live without, what can I live without? One thing that helped me immensely during my planning stages was drafting a budget. Now I can tell you with the utmost confidence that it WILL change and there will be small expenses you forgot about or last minute things you decide you can’t live without, but it will at least give you a ballpark of where the money is going and what your total cost will be.
I couldn’t find a spreadsheet that incorporated everything I wanted, and while it’s easy enough to edit the spreadsheet and make the necessary changes, I chose to make my own. Chances are there will be items that you won’t need or that you need and aren’t listed, but you can always edit it to be exactly what you want. It’s meant to be a general guide to get you started.
To use this spreadsheet, simply open it up in excel and start filling in the column for “Estimated” cost. Then as you begin purchasing items, booking vendors, etc. you can fill in the “Actual” cost. Don’t forget to account for tipping! Follow along with my blog for more wedding ideas, inspiration, tips and more!
Happy wedding planning!