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Wedding Budget Spreadsheet and Calculator
By: Cathy Ward
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Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting parts of being engaged, but it's also the most stressful. The to-do list can feel endless, and with every detail there's an associated cost. With the average price tag of an American wedding now hovering around $25,000, keeping track of your expenses and your budget is more critical than ever.
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But before you start hyperventilating, BridesVillage is here to make your wedding budgeting straight-forward and manageable. We'll keep you organized and help you watch your costs, step-by-step.
Simply download our comprehensive (and free!) wedding budget spreadsheet to record, monitor, and check off all your wedding day expenses. Its built-in calculator even does the math for you! Features:
- Easy to Use - Fill in the columns with your price estimates and/or expenses. The spreadsheet will calculate your costs.
- Extensive - Includes over 120 of the most common wedding expenses, conveniently organized by category.
- Printer-Friendly - Spreadsheet is preformatted for printing. Hardcopies are easy to read and to take with you.
- Works with Any Version of Excel - Open and use it on any version of the world's most popular spreadsheet software.
- 100% Free with No Ads - There's nothing extra to download and zero ads!
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And while you're busy planning, here are a few money-saving tips for some popular wedding supplies:
Confetti: A little goes a long way.
Packages of confetti come in different sizes but generally are roughly the same. The important thing to remember is a little confetti goes a long way. Unless you're inviting your entire old high school, you probably don't need 15 packs.
For decorating tables, a good rule of thumb is to buy one pack of confetti for every 40 - 50 people.
Favors: You don't need one for every single guest.
Odds are most guys aren't going to take a favor home -- the women usually just scarf up their spouse's. One favor per couple with extras for those who are single will be plenty.
An Aisle Runner: Do you really need one?
Not really. It's a nice tradition, and the new personalized aisle runners that have become available in the last couple years really can make a stunning statement. But no, an aisle runner is not necessary. Also, you absolutely should not use one on hard floor surfaces. For more aisle runner tips, click here.
Dresses: Consider items that can be worn more than once.
Especially for your bridesmaids. The bridesmaids' dresses really do set the tone for the wedding, but try to choose a dress your girls can wear again. The same goes for shoes.
Flowers: Stay in season.
Choosing flowers that are in season is the quickest and easiest way to save money, but I'm also a big fan of growing your own. If you don't have a green thumb, perhaps a friend or relative will help you out. But if you're ready to give it a try yourself, we also have great articles on growing your own flowers and drying them, too.
DIY: Don't overdo it
"Do It Yourself weddings" can save a significant amount of money and are quite charming in many ways. But remember to give up on the things you can't do yourself and hire them done. Sometimes DIY will cost you more (lost work time, fuel costs from running around, etc.) than you would spend hiring someone to do the task for you -- not to mention the stress and aggravation you'll save yourself.
Let our wedding budget calculator keep you focused on what you need.
We hope you find our wedding budget calculator helpful, but remember that the goal isn't to fill in every line! They're just there if you need them, and the fewer lines you fill in, the happier your budget.
I think some brides might see all these expenses listed and feel pressure that they need to have all those "things" to have a fabulous wedding. You don't. You already have the love of your fiancé -- and that, after all, is priceless.
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