You don't have to wander around the Knot for too long to realize that the wedding budget is always a main concern to brides-to-be. It was a particular concern to me for a few reasons:
1. I had no money to contribute. I went into a great deal of credit card debt while I was unemployed, so the majority of my salary goes to credit card payments and living expenses. I knew that I could come up with a few hundred dollars max. My fiance is a police officer, and unfortunately, that type of job is not exactly well paid.
2. My parents are divorced. My mom and step-dad told me that they would do whatever to contribute to the wedding because they wanted to give me a nice wedding, and they knew that I wouldn't go crazy with the money. Still, with my mom trying to get her own business off the ground, I wasn't too keen on them plonking down the cash. My dad and step-mom are only in a slightly better position as they have my 5 year old brother...and kids cost a lot. :)
So how did I fare? I will have a final report after the wedding, but as of right now are budget is the following (based on 100 people, 4 groomsmen, and 5 bridesmaids):