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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Components of a Wedding: Budgeting

Budgeting is crucial when it comes to planning a wedding.  There are tons of components to a wedding budget. Hopefully this can guide you in the right direction.


The first step is an overview.



BUDGET
GOAL
ACTUAL
Beauty Budget


Ceremony Budget


Reception Budget


Entertainment Budget


Photography Budget


Decorations Budget


Honeymoon Budget





TOTAL



Now you must break the different categories down. One at a time

BEAUTY BUDGET
GOAL
ACTUAL
Dress


Veil


Hairpiece


Shoes


Slip


Bra


Sash / Embellishment


Alterations


Bustle


Hair Appointment


Make Up


Pedicure / Manicure


Surprise





TOTAL






CEREMONY BUDGET
GOAL
ACTUAL
Venue


Officiate


Chairs


Unity Candle





Aisle Runner


Programs


Pianist / Musician


Changing Rooms


Surprise





TOTAL





RECEPTION BUDGET
GOAL
ACTUAL
Venue


Food


Eating Utensils


Tables


Chairs


Cake





Alcohol


Surprise





TOTAL




ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET
GOAL
ACTUAL
DJ


Photo Booth


Transportation











TOTAL:






PHOTOGRAPHY BUDGET
GOAL
ACTUAL
Engagement Photos


Pre-Ceremony


Ceremony


Locations


Reception


Second Photographer


Photo Album


Rights to Photos


Prints





TOTAL






DECORATIONS BUDGET
GOAL
ACTUAL
Cake Topper


Cake Cutter


Champaign Flukes


Card Box


Flowers


Swag


Candles


Surprise





TOTAL





HONEYMOON BUDGET
GOAL
ACTUAL
Transportation


Accommodations


Excursions


Food / Drink


Passport


Surprise





TOTAL





I highly recommend always creating and budget for the surprise category.  You just never know what will happen!  With this budget you are able to track how much you want to spend and what you actually spent, making it easy to see if you need to start cutting back on something.






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