Weddings are freaking expensive. Even budget weddings. So I get super excited whenever I find even the littlest things for free. Botanical Paperworks has this free wedding budget printable. Which I think everyone should use. When we budget, we tend to think in broad categories. My example. “Oh I’ll probably spend $75 on stationary.” Then I looked at this budget printable. And I realized that stationary doesn’t just mean invitations and RSVP cards; you also have to remember thank yous, ceremony programs (which we’ll probably just do away with,) a guest book of some kind, place cards, menus (our venue provides them I’m 90% sure,) a seating plan display, maps and directions, and the postage to send it all! This really breaks down everything so you have a realistic idea of what things are going to cost instead of just rounded numbers applied to vague categories. We’re totally using this for our invitations. They’re Download & Print’s free invitation templates. All you need is paper, a printer, and Microsoft Word. This is one of those things that is totally worth DIYing for this non-DIY bride.
Same thing with this place card from the same site. I figure I’ll just buy a pack of cardstock and click the print button to my heart’s content. We don’t have a huge guest list, so personalizing each one won’t be overly agonizing.
Are you using/did you use any wedding freebies in the planning of your big day?