So as step one of my 'actually doing stuff' movement, I've made a spreadsheet.
I know that sentence is probably the worst opener to a blog post, ever.
But it's serious: if we're going to keep the cost down to something approaching a 'budget' (though how you can ever use that word in conjunction with a wedding is madness. 'Budget' options are still insanely expensive when viewed through the lens of normal life) then we have to do this.
Every year, we have a big Christmas party for all our friends. And every year, we grossly underestimate the amount we spend. But we tell ourselves: it's just once a year, it will be miserable January soon and we'll be eating lentils all month anyway. So sod it, it's only money, get that bottle of rum.
It's always a damned good party. But it always costs more than we think it will.
So I want to try and at least know what's going to come up: what we might be spending our money on. So far, I have the following categories:
Invitations, RSVP, Information Card, Addressing and Postage
It's that last one that scares me. Miscellaneous. I have a feeling this could spiral because there are things I haven't thought of.
So what have I missed off? And what might be a reasonable budget for those things not included?