The Knot is a wonderful resource and has a budgeting tool. Another great resource is Project Wedding they, also, have a budgeting tool. It’s definitely a great idea to keep track of all your spending and these resources are a great way to do so.
Shop around! Meet with a few of each type of vendor to make sure you are getting the most for your money. Try not to impulse buy either; get all the information and then sit down and talk it over, double checking that you’re 100% sure on everything you’re paying for. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the event; after all it is your wedding, but take a step back and think about it before just jumping into any contract.
Some other budgeting tips can include:
- Do-It-Yourself – Anything DIY can save you money, just take into consideration your time constraints.
- Cut back on floral centerpieces. Instead of having florals on all your guest tables, you can use candles of varying heights or something to that effect
- Instead of using real flowers, you could use fake flowers for your bouquets and/or centerpieces
- Getting married on a Friday or Sunday – most venues offer a discounted rate
- Getting married on “off season” (between January through March) – a lot of vendors as well as venues offer discounts during those months
- Buffet style reception can help cut costs
- Venues that allow you to bring in your own alcohol can often help with your budget
- Renting your bridal gown/or buying a used one can reduce costs – Sources like Craigslist and WeddingBee classifieds often have brides selling bridal gowns in almost new condition
- Having fake layers on your wedding cake. You can have extra sheet cakes in the back that can be cut, saving money that way