Every professional event planner has a spreadsheet, and now you do too. My simple Excel WeddSheet has columns for your must-have (and may-want-to-have) items, vendors, site fees, and all the other crap you have to pay for. It also includes a column which shows the percentage of each item in terms of your overall budget, as well as columns for the important information you need to keep track of on the Day: Vendor names, contact information, and responsibilities (like when they’re supposed to be there and what they’re supposed to set up).
This MS Excel spreadsheet should work with XLS 97-2003 and above.
Since this is the spreadsheet I’m using for my own Rogue Wedding, I’ve left in a few basic prices and some money-saving tips to give you an idea of what to expect for pricing on the Cheap/DIY-side. And Page #2 (see tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet) is designed for you to keep track of your guests. Enter them in when they RSVP and you’re all set.
If you’re looking into hiring a caterer, check out the Catering Comparison Worksheet and advice on Kiss My Tulle (love that blog).
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ALL THIS STUFF. You can make your wedding cake, find your dress cheaper, pick flowers from a friend’s back yard, have a friend play the guitar as you walk down the aisle, rent a house and have a reception potluck party – the possibilities are endless. This is just to get you started.
Some brides pay people to do this, but now you’ve got the tools you need to go Rogue.