Let’s be real, here. Weddings are expensive! Whether you’re paying for it yourself or you have amazing family members helping you. But no matter who is paying for it, you need to make and stick to a budget in your planning process.
Luckily, Mint has a budgeting tool and makes it easy to stick to your plans and set goals for yourself and your money.
In the Mint app, click on “budgets” in the menu. You’ll see some suggested budgets, such as Transportation, which you can customize, you’ll see a categorization of all of your expenses, and you’ll be able to create a budget.
Click on “Create a Budget” and create your category. You set the amount, and Mint will let you know if you are staying within it! Mint lets you plan ahead and see how much you’ll save cutting back in any category. You can even plan for one-time-only expenses and recurring monthly expenses and show you exactly how your spending decisions affect the money you have at the end of the month or year.
When it comes to weddings, there are so many different things that you’ll be paying for, like food, music, alcohol, flowers, decor, the venue, invitations, and more! In order to create a realistic budget, you have to do a couple of things:
Weddings are expensive and it is easy to wrack up higher costs without even realizing how quickly things add up. Account for things like transportation, dress alterations, and a wedding cake (usually a separate cost from the catering).
To find a list of all of the things you should be accounting for or thinking about in your wedding budget, look at lists such as this one from The Knot or this one from Real Simple. You can find wedding checklists in many places, but they will give you an idea of all of the details.
Once you have your budget in mind and where you’ll be spending different parts of it, you’ll need to create a spreadsheet, use Mint, or another tool, to track your spending on each part so that you always know where you are with your money.
Part of being an adult is learning to really control your money and budget for the things you want. Mint can help you build and stick to a budget, but also save for it, too! Next time, we’ll talk about money after the wedding.
Jessica Naziri is the founder of TechSesh.co, a lifestyle website for women inspired by tech. She has been a technology news reporter for The Los Angeles Times, CNN and CNBC.com. Since then, her work has also appeared in TechCrunch, The Washington Post, Mashable, CBS, The Travel Channel, CNN, NPR, USA Today, Inside Edition, Yahoo!, and Business Insider.