Good morning everyone! I don't know about y’all, but one of my new year’s resolutions was to be better about staying on budget. So today, I’m incorporating that into the blog in hopes that it will get me back on track in my life!

Weddings are expensive, there’s no question about that. But a really great way to keep yourself from making the expense worse on yourself is by setting a budget, outlining your expenses, and sticking as close as possible to it. Below today’s blog there is an example budget. There are definitely better formats (not as pretty), like an excel spreadsheet. I have one made that I couldn't upload that will total everything up for you! I can email it to you if you shoot me an email at info@brightstarranch.com  and let me know! The attached budget outline is very basic and you will most likely need to add or subtract something, but this is mostly just to give you a place to start. 

Before you figure out how much each item can cost, set a total budget. Have everyone contributing tell you how much they are willing to contribute and total that up. After you have a better idea of how much you can spend, you can start to disperse money throughout your budget. I recommend doing some research to see how much things cost on average and start with that amount until you find the actual vendor that you want to work with. These projected totals are subject to change and your budget will shift around. That is OKAY, don't stress too much about it!

One resource that may be helpful is our tip guide to help you get an idea of what your projected cost for vendor tips will be!

I hope that this has been at least somewhat helpful to you all. Let us know what you think!!

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