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.
The second thing we need to do is to find out how much money you actually spend each month again include everything even those items that your spouse does not know about like that Latte down at the coffee stand, that you get on a daily basis. It helps to break this down a little. Fixed nonnegotiable expenses, things we actually cannot do without, we all need food lodging medical care basic clothing insurance property taxes a car may be necessary where you live, you get the idea.