Microsoft Excel is often synonymous with company financials, household budgets, and other numeric data. But Excel can be a terrific tool for planning events like weddings, showers, parties, and more, too. Keep reading for templates you can use to plan your next event.
From the budget and the guest list to the music, you can spend more time getting ready and less time tracking everything. If you’re an Excel user who opens the application each day, consider using it for your next event.
The most successful events typically begin with a plan. With event planning templates, you can keep track of everything that needs to be done. And if you have others helping you with your event, you can split up the tasks using your planner.
This Event Planner and Timeline template works for almost any type of event. It’s flexible enough to be used for a business seminar or a family reunion.
Note: This is a Premium template available for free with Microsoft 365. If you don’t have Microsoft 365, check out this Event Planning Tracker template.
You have a sheet for the Event Planner where you enter the agenda, checklist, event categories, and key contacts.
Use the Expenses and Income sheets for the financial portions of the event. Then, review the budget at a glance on the Summary sheet.
While this Baby Shower Planner is perfect for planning an event for the expectant mom, it can also be used for a bridal shower.
It comes complete with a guest list that includes the RSVP and the number of guests in each party. You can use the Food/Drink, Decorations, and Other Supplies sections to list everything you need to purchase with the costs.
For up to and including the day of the shower, use the task list for what needs to be done and when, with spots for notes.
Whether for a baby or a bride, keep this template in mind for planning a shower.
Before the guests arrive and the dancing begins, make sure your party is planned out with this Party Planner template.
Note: This is a Premium template available for free with Microsoft 365. If you don’t have Microsoft 365, check out this Group Event Planner template.
The template includes sheets for a to-do list for tasks leading up to the party. You can also use the sheets to track your food and drinks with costs, the guests you invite and their RSVPs, and the activities you’re planning.
You also have a nice overview on a single sheet that shows you the progress, budget, and guest count.
While event planners can include budgets, it may just be the budget you need. With these templates, you can plan purchases down to the last detail, stay on track, and share your budget with others involved.
If there’s one event that needs a budget and a good way to track it, it’s a wedding. Microsoft provides almost 10 wedding budgets to pick from.
This Wedding Budget Tracker template is a great option. It gives you a sheet to add the estimated and actual costs for that special day. From the attire to the reception, you can track it all easily.
Then, check out the Budget Summary sheet to see how well you’re staying within budget. You can also add contributions from family or friends along with extra available funds.
Another event that needs a solid budget is a fundraiser. You can make sure you stay within the means of your organization with this Fundraiser Event Budget template.
The template includes several sheets for expenses, revenue, income items, expenditure items, names, and an overview. Just add the items, costs, income, and dates.
Then head to the Event Overview sheet for a bird’s eye view of it all. You’ll see your fundraising goal, the amount collected, and the amount you still need to reach the goal.
See what was collected or expensed, by who, and when. Take advantage of the filters in the columns to sort or filter and the sliders to see specific items.
This template has everything you need for a single-day or ongoing fundraiser.
If your contribution to the event is tracking the guest list or invitations, then you’ll appreciate this next set of templates.
Using this Wedding Guest List template, you can list the guests you plan to invite and track everything from start to finish.
Once you add a guest, you can include their relationship to the bride or groom and the number of guests in their party.
You can also track your guest’s seating arrangements and food choices at the reception.
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or need a way to track guests for another type of event, try this Dinner Party List template.
Although simple, it allows you to track the date, guests, and menu. Plus, you can add any necessary notes. You can easily add sheets for the different menus or food items for those with special needs.
Tip: Consider linking the menu sheets to the Menu field for each guest on the main sheet.
When you host a party that includes food, remember that some guests may have dietary restrictions. This template helps you track not only the guests but the menu they’ll need too.
Checklists are a necessity when it comes to event planning. This is especially true for weddings, as every detail counts. Keep in mind that these templates can be used for other events too. Just edit the template checklists to suit your occasion.
When the reception begins, make sure your music selections are in order with this Wedding Playlist template.
Include the track number and song with the artist and album details, so there’s no question about which tune you expect to hear.
You can also add the duration and what to use the song for, whether you want it played during the first dance or the cake cutting.
While this template is called a Wedding Timeline Planner, it’s technically a checklist of everything that needs to be done leading up to your wedding day.
Note: This is a Premium template available for free with Microsoft 365. If you don’t have Microsoft 365, check out this Wedding Timeline Checklist template for Microsoft Word.
Start a year before the special day and plan what you need to do nine to 12 months ahead of time. Finish it off with what you need to do on the day of the wedding.
Simply follow the timeline, add your own items as needed, and use the Done column to mark things off as you complete them.
Make sure you have the tools you need to plan and execute an event everyone will remember. These event planning templates for Excel can help you do just that.