BudgetI am a thrifty gal by nature. I never buy anything unless it's on sale or second hand, I try homemade alternatives to everything when I can, and I never make purchases I that can't be paid in full... To say I am fiscally responsible is an understatement. This is why parting with so much money at once is absolutely terrifying! Scared as I am, I also understand the fun and importance of sharing and hosting a celebration with family and friends. Enter the Wedding Budget.
I am a list person. I have about 10 going at all times. I like to be hyper organized and Google Drive is my best friend. I am working on my budget spreadsheet more then anything at the moment. I searched around on the internet for a good wedding budget spreadsheet to start from but they were all much too complicated for my simple wedding ideas so I made my own. You can grab it here if you want. I started by entering in researched rough numbers and then tweaked them based on what was more important and less important. I continue to replace my estimated numbers with real ones as I go along. I find laying out the whole budget made it easier to realize a hierarchy of items and set budget goals for individual items. Surprisingly some things that (at first) I thought were very important slowly made their way down the list once I started working out costs.
My goal budget: $3000.00.
Or as close as I can get. This doesn't include plane tickets but our accommodation will be free as we will be staying with relatives. Now to get into the nitty gritty...
The Top Items
Wedding Party Gifts: $400
Rehearsal Dinner: $300
Marriage Prep Course: $150Dress/Tux: $500 - DIY dress (possible one from etsy if my mom has her way)
These are rough estimates done with research. I know these aren't the hard numbers but they are a starting point and being painfully over-prepared we are shooting to save $5000 to cover plane tickets and any fluctuations or additional costs that may crop up.
The Bottom Items
Flowers - Bulk of one flower and DIY bouquets/bountineers
Hair/Make up - DIY
Decor - DIY using nature: boughs, wildflowers, pine cones, logs (all easily accessible in Newfoundland)Photography - Sadly, I could not make this fit in the budget. Hello, random relative?
Cake - DIY
Music - My ipod?
Favours - haven't decided yet!
As I went through my hierarchy of items, I challenged myself to find cheaper alternatives for the less important things. I will talk more about how I plan to keep these costs down as I go along. I didn't include any costs in the bottom section as I am going to try and work it into my leftover $300. It looks impossible I know! Anyone have any tips?