The most common budgeting method used is a blank piece of paper. We've all tried it at one time or another. Income is listed on one side, expenses on the other. The idea is to balance income against expenses so that, hopefully, there is still some money left at the end of the month. _ There are at least a couple major problems with this method. First, it's pretty easy to overlook quite a few expenses. Things like that daily stop at the coffee shop, or the cost of a car registration that happens only once a year.
At the top of any wedding budget worksheet you have the 6 most important categories: the wedding gown, bride's accessories, hair & make_up, groom's attire, groom's accessories and the wedding bands. These are the things that should always be budgeted first. After that, you have the following categories: the ceremony rental, the reception rental and equipment, celebrant's fees and flowers. Once you have budgeted money for these categories of expenses, you've got all the necessary things to get married. But of course, you have to accommodate the guests better than that.