You have gotten engaged and selected a few dates that will work for your wedding, so now comes everyone’s least favorite part the budget. The first thing that you are going to need is a checklist of all the necessities for your big day. The attached link is a great and complete checklist for you to consider. http://www.frugalbride.com/completeweddingchecklist.html. Now please keep in mind that anything on the list that you decide you don’t want that is OK.
The first step to creating a complete budget is to know how much money you will be spending on the wedding as a whole. Knowing the total amount will help your break things down easier. You also need to know how much of the total you might be getting from family members. If one of your family members has offered to pay for something, like the flowers, tie them down to an amount so that you know how much you can spend.
Once you have to total amount that you are going to spend, start going down the check list, and write down how much you are willing to spend on each item that you want for your wedding. A little research might be involved with this step, if you are not familiar with prices on things like cakes, and or caterers. Be frugal, and know that this document is a work in progress, and I promise you that it will change many times.
Know that your budget is the most important document for your wedding planning process. Also know that what your plan to pay for something is not always what you actually pay. There will be some things that are less then you anticipate, and things that will be more. Make sure that you have one line item for miscellaneous costs, that way you have a cushion of things get out of hand at any point.
After all of that hard work you have to base line budget for your wedding. Now the real fun can begin, you can start spending that money. Please keep in mind however, that if a family member has promised to pay for something, you are going to need to include them in that step of the planning process. Now go out and have fun!