Weddings are expensive. In 2014 the average wedding in the United States cost approximately $30,000, and 45% of couples went over budget. No matter how monster or measly your budget is, unforeseen costs always seem to rear their ugly heads and they quickly add up.
Stay on track by using this printable wedding budget spreadsheet and sticking to it as closely as possible. In the unpredictable world of wedding planning, unexpected costs always come up.
Rigidly stick to your budget and you'll be able to handle whatever expenses are thrown your way.
Begin by deciding on a total budget. If you have no idea where to start, read these helpful articles about how to create a wedding budget and ways to save money. Sit down with your significant other to go over the basics first and create a list of two or three must-haves. Do you absolutely need to book that award-winning caterer? Are you dying to have the day captured by an amazing videographer? Your parents are probably expecting to have "the talk," so bite the bullet and have an open and honest discussion with them.
Then, estimate the costs using the percentage guide in the table below. Below the worksheet is a complete breakdown of all wedding expenses.
|Expenses||% of Total Budget||Estimated Cost||Actual Cost|
- Location fee
- Officiant fee
- Marriage license
- Musician's fees
- Reception site
- Food and beverages
- Headpiece or veil
- Undergarments and hosiery
- Hair and makeup
- Groom's tuxedo or suit
- Cuff links
- His and her rings
- Flower girl basket
- Ceremony musicians
- Cocktail hour musicians
- Sound system rentals
- Photographer and videographer fees
- Disposable cameras for candids
- Transportation for wedding party
- Guest shuttle
- Parking attendants
- Wedding party gifts
- Welcome baskets for out-of-town guests