Did you just get engaged? Are you working on planning your dream wedding? Whether you have a small or large budget, are planning to have an intimate or large wedding or are considering a destination wedding in a warm sunny location, developing a wedding budget spreadsheet will help to keep your expenses on track. Here is look at typical wedding expenses that you will want to consider factoring into your wedding budget spreadsheet.
Ceremony Related Expenses
Your first budgeting items to consider are expenses related to the wedding ceremony. Budgeting items might include the fee charged by the ceremony venue, the cost to the officiant and any other items you will need during the ceremony like a unity candle or a huppah. You may also want to include here the cost of your marriage license and wedding rings.
Reception Related Expenses
Budgeting for your reception will vary depending on your chosen venue and what type of reception you plan to have. Items to consider for your budgeting spreadsheet may include the venue rental cost and any additional rentals that are needed like tables, chairs and linens, catering costs, cost to hire servers, alcohol and bartender fees and cake and cake cutting fees.
Flowers and Decorations
The next budget line item you may want to consider is flowers and decorations. Typical weddings will need to budget for a bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere as well as attendant and flower girl bouquets and boutonnieres. Additionally, you may want to factor in flower arrangements or other decorations for both the ceremony and receptions locations.
Entertainment expenses are next on the list to consider. Are you planning to have live music at the ceremony or a band or DJ at the reception? Once you have decided on your entertainment choices make sure to include them in the budget.
Outfitting the bride and groom for the wedding should also be included in the wedding budget worksheet. Don’t forget to include such items as the cost to do hair, makeup, nails as well as the bill for all accessories including shoes and jewelry.
Photographer and Videographer Costs
You will certainly want to have memories of your special day so make sure to consider the costs of a photographer and/or videographer.
The cost to print and mail save the date cards, invitations and thank you notes should also be factored into your budget worksheet.
Finally, don’t forget to budget in the following expenses if they will relate to your wedding.
- Transportation for the bridal party which may include a limo rental.
- Lodging for the bride and groom and any other guests you may decide to pay for.
- Attendant gifts
- Guest favors
- Guest gift baskets
- After wedding brunch
- Wedding planner fees
And of course, the honeymoon.