There’s no way around it: weddings are an expensive undertaking with many moving parts. How do you keep track of everything you’re spending and make sure you don’t go too far? That’s where your wedding budget spreadsheet comes in. While setting up your spreadsheet in an organized manner (more on that in a moment) can do wonders for keeping the wedding stress at bay, the first, and most important, thing to get a handle on is a realistic approach to your wedding budget overall.
“It’s crippling to come into a wedding with a set number you want to spend because there’s so much fluidity involved,” says wedding planner Caitlin Maloney Kuchemba. “Instead of trying to stick to an exact number, I find it’s better to have a target range.”