Ready to start conquering your wedding budget? Follow our approach and use our spreadsheet and you'll find it easier than you thought. You may even enjoy it.
We built the wedding budget planner using Google Spreadsheets because you can start using it in one click, with no software to install, it saves to your Google account, and you can share it with anyone.
To get started, here is the spreadsheet:
The spreadsheet is an exhaustive list of different places you could spend your wedding budget. The purpose of "Priority Based" budgeting is to help you and your soon-to-be discuss what elements are most important. Then you budget around the important items. If you use traditional wedding budget techniques (just looking at averages), you wind up with not enough money for the things that really matter and spending money on things you won't remember.
The step by step process to get you started:
The "Ceremony" section is filled in as an example, replace the values with your won. As you are completing the worksheet, you will see the "Honesty Checker" section in the top right summing all your inputs. This is a quick way to see how and where you are spending your money by priority, and where you are compared to your budget.