I give in! Brides and grooms around the planet have asked me for a wedding budget planning tool thinger for years. Since I just got married, I’m now in a place where I can share a simple spreadsheet that works for planning a wedding on budget. So yes, I’m saying I DO to a wedding budget download and sharing it with you, for free. Group hug.

There are two parts to the Wedding Budget Planner. The first is a guest list, the second tallies your planned and actual wedding costs.

wedding budget spreadsheet

Download: Free Wedding Budget Planner Spreadsheet

Don’t become a BROKE bride and groom. Use this essential planning tool to track your spending and keep an eye on your total wedding costs. Don’t say I DO to debt on your big day.


Step 1: Make a list and cut it twice. Nothing increases the cost of a wedding more than a large audience. Use the Guest List Worksheet to create an affordable guest list. You can’t invite everyone.

wedding guest list

Step 2: List your planned expenses under the Budget column in the Detailed Wedding Budget Worksheet. Tally your expected costs. Yes, you may have to cut both the horse-drawn carriage and bubble machine. Sorry.

Step 3: As you pay your vendors, enter all final expenses under the Actual column. This spreadsheet updates automatically and warns you if you’re over budget.

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