Photographs _ which professional company are you going to choose Music _ DJ Entertainment or live music, what about lighting design Rentals _ Would you like a photo booth rental at your reception Transportation _ a limousine, a luxury rental car, friend's new car, or family car _ The cost breakdown should be flexible enough to allow for minor changes. It is better to account for changes than wait until the last minute. However, some budgets have the freedom to move around for last minute budgeting. Most vendors understand this, and will give you the option to upgrade or add on a service a month before the wedding. Reputable services require a 50% non_refundable retainer payment in order to reserve your date. Typically, any outstanding balances will be due 2 weeks prior to your big day.
Write down what you spent last month. Use Categories like mortgage, food, entertainment, clothing, transportation and savings. Savings is an important category. Is there something you should be spending your money on that you didn't last month, but that you think you should. Already the process begins to uncover things you want to know Write down what you expect to earn next month. If you are on a variable income, it might be helpful to put this in three columns: The minimum you expect, an average of what to expect, and the highest amount you expect to earn. Don't count on the highest number, but it is a great goal setting exercise to strive for that high number on a monthly basis. Write down what you KNOW you will spend next month. Fixed expenses like mortgages, property taxes are known amounts. They are constant every month and don't change. While you can change your rent or mortgage amounts by moving, it is unlikely that you will do this next month. So consider these Fixed expenses.