Free downloadable wedding
budget tool (Excel format).
Every wedding budget tool I've ever seen is just not helpful at all.
They're either confusing, inaccurate, or just plain unhelpful - how
frustrating! Many tools, whether in wedding books, on for-pay websites,
or on free websites, include oddball items such as "oil painting"(?),
or they just have a lot of unhelpful blanks for numbers. When
an idea of what your wedding will cost, brides tell me that it's so much
more helpful to have what is "traditional" or "usual" or "suggested",
then you can go from there. At least then, you can have a rough idea of
how things go. Usually, if a newly-engaged couple is asked, "What's
your wedding budget?", they have no idea, which is completely
appropriate, because they've never done this before! In response to
this frustrating lack of clarity from the wedding industry, I've
created this free wedding budget tool,
to help get you started.
- Note: As with all my advice and guidance,
this free wedding budget tool
is just a suggestion/my opinion of how wedding ceremonies and
receptions are usually put together, at least in in the Minneapolis,
Minnesota area. You may have a completely different experience with
your wedding budgeting, and find that this free wedding budget tool
is not applicable to your situation. Any number of factos may not apply
to you - but
as with all rules of thum,
at least this is a good place to start.
may design your wedding any way you wish, but if you want some free
advice and rules of thumb from an award-winning minister who has
coordinated and performed over 600 wedding ceremonies, here is some
information that can be invaluable.
- The #1 most
important factor in how much the wedding will cost?
- How many guests you have. It sounds obvious,
but if you invite 175
guests, it will cost basically 75% more than if you invite 100. This free
wedding budget tool will help clarify how important this one
factor (how many guests)
is to your budget.
- Wedding rules
- Estimating cost?
- Think $100 per guest. That number
may sound high, but if you check out this free
wedding budget tool;
it will help show how this $100/guest rule of thumb is a pretty
accurate way to budget. You can definitely have a cheaper wedding, but
it will require a lot of careful thought, and of course, if your
wedding is more than $100/guest, it will be that much more luxurious.
- Every other element of your
- Think 1 grand. Everything is about
- If you pay more, you get a better vendor,
if you pay less, you're getting a really good deal (or a cheap
- Flowers, invitations, ceremony site
rental, photos, DJ, musicians, gown...everything is about $1K.
the very least, this a good rule of thumb to start with...just a way to
estimate costs, and see how these "small" expenses compare to the much
huger costs of the reception budget, with the number of guests (times
$100/guest) is the much
bigger part of the equation...100 guests=$10K, 200 guests =$20K, etc.
- Thinking about ushers?
1 Usher for every 50 guests. Ushers are incredibly helpful for wedding
ceremonies - when guests arrive, there's someone there to immediately
put guests at their ease, answer questions, give them a program so they
know what's going on, help direct them to their seats (tell guests
whether it's bride's side/groom's side, whether the front row is just
for family, etc.), and when it's about time for the wedding to begin
they can help tell your guests that they need to get to their seats -
the wedding is about to begin!
- False rule of
- 20% of invited guests will RSVP
- Where did this one get started? To say that
20% of invited guests won't come, and thus a small room or small budget
can be accomodated is, I think, basically wishful thinking
- Believe it or not, virtually everyone who is
invited usually winds up coming to the wedding
(really!). Weddings are super-important to people
come to your wedding, and they will make an incredible effort to do so!