Post # 1
Hello Bees! I hope everyone is enjoying the blessing of being engaged and/or married.
I’m in need of some advice. I’m 24 years and a special education teacher that does not make a significant amount of money. My fiance is 26 and works in fiber optics as a tech which he makes 15 to 18 dollars an hour. We are both very lucky to have jobs. The issue is I’m a good $60,000 in debt from college.
After many conversions with my family – they said that they would only give us $1,000 towards the wedding. My father makes $70,000 a year so this should not hurt him too badly to help his one and only child for her wedding. With this being said, my Fiance and I have decided to pay for our own wedding. If we continue to save we will have enough for our wedding and about $800 to a $1,000 left over.
My Fiance lives in a terrible beat down trailer with nonfunctional kitchen. I definitely DO NOT want to live there, just because I think we need a place to live where we can actually cook in.
What are some ideas that some of you have done to put money aside for after the wedding expenses while still maintaining your wedding budget or lowering it? The more advice the better.
Thanks for reading and I’m looking forward to some great advice. =)
Post # 3
One suggestion I might have is picking up odd jobs. Prior to getting the job I have now, I would do mystery shops and surveys to earn additional income. They would not interfere with my job and were fairly easy to do. I work for companies like Bestmark, Maritz Mystery Shopping, Beyond Hello, Marketforce and Second-to-none. I also do surveys for companies like Field Works and Trupanel.
Also, if you are going to be off during the summer, you could pick up a job somewhere where the entry wage might be high like a home depot or a lowes.
Post # 4
ramen noodles, chicken, oranges.
sacrifice now for benefits later on.
Post # 5
@rosegirl2325: Thanks for the specific mystery shopping companies! I’ve been wanting to get into that for years now, but have been leary since I know there are so many scam ones out there too. Do you find that one or 2 of them are consistently better then the others?
Post # 6
Managing money isn’t easy, but saving systematically is better than saving in large quantities? In other words, taking x from each paycheck is a good practice for saving as long as time is on your side. I honestly plan on saving for a few years for my wedding and I’m not pressured about the date. You could always do the practical wedding~
Post # 7
I did a few things –
1. I overbudgeted and met the goals.
2. I set up an ING account that earns higher interest than a bank and automatically deducts a certain amount every two weeks (you can set up the timing however you want)
3. Sold whatever we didn’t absoultely need. My Fiance and I are into music (playing music, not just listening) and had a LOT of gear. We sold what we didn’t need, including stuff we didn’t necessarily WANT to get rid of. This got us thousands of dollars.
We have been engaged for a year and a half and are paying for the wedding ourselves. We’ve saved over $40k. And this was on mostly my salary alone and selling off stuff. FI was not employed for the majority of our engagement (he’s still in school). It hasn’t been easy. BUT, we’re having the wedding we want, and we will have $4k leftover AFTER the honeymoon.
Can anyone say new car downpayment?!? 🙂
The sacrificing now will pay off later.
Post # 8
I agree with getting a second job if you can. I just started working at a gas station. They are giving me 24 hrs a week (at $8 an hour), and its like an extra 170 a week after taxes at all that. Thats an extra $3400 by the time our wedding rolls around!
Im totally going to check out those mystery shopper sites now too! =)
Post # 9
These are all really good pieces of advice. I’d also suggest reading about the Young House Love wedding:
A lot of these “cheap” weddings include major gifts from friends and family of vendor costs – but you can still take it for what it is worth, and get some great savings ideas.
My biggest piece of advice is remember that a wedding doesn’t automatically equal $27,000. If you work hard, and find work-arounds for “typical” wedding items, you can save a lot of money. You might need to be willing to step outside the wedding box, though. The happiest budget brides I see – they seem to be really okay with stepping outside the “expected” and doing what they want.
Good luck, fellow Ohio bride!
Post # 10
Fiance and I saved up and made getting a decent place to live a priority over the wedding… would it be possible to move in to a halfway decent place together and combine rent as a way of saving money before the wedding? If you have a house, you could also consider taking in lodgers… that worked out OK for us.
Post # 11
Budget bride here. The ways I am saving is cutting costs where I can (things that aren’t necessary and finding budget friendly vendors and items). I am also looking for a pt job to help with wedding costs… so we’ll see.
Post # 12
First, do not be suckered into thinking you need a whole bunch of random monogramed crap. You DO NOT NEED special, personalized toasting flutes and caker servers.
The easiest way to save on the wedding is making sure the guest list is as small as possible, but if your wedding is only 5 months away, you may have already sent out Save-The-Date Cards.
Other than that, cut absolutely EVERYTHING that’s not important to you. And be honest about what’s important. It may be fun to have a limo, but is it really IMPORTANT? Probably not. This is what we did, and it worked for us. There is just so much extraneous stuff that the WIC tries to get you to pay for.
Post # 13
We are in the same boat, even though my Fiance parents are paying for most of the wedding since they definately have the means to do so. We still have to come up with the rest of the money. Things add up quickly! To cut costs we are using wooden flowers that i found at the flee market for the bouquets and boutineers. We are having a buffet style dinner and usings jars I’ve been collecting (aka lots of pickles, jelly and salsa lol) and candles for our centerpieces.
As for saving money we have a small amound of money taken our of our paychecks atomatically into a joint savings. Its not much but it helps.
Good Luck with your planning!