Post # 1
Me and my finace have been engaged for 6 months, and we still have yet to set a offical date or even do any real planing… why you might ask. Price. We both work at jobs that pay about 30k a year and we are in like 20k of debt. We don’t want to spend a crap ton on the wedding. We are trying to keep it at or around 10k or less. Our wedding is even gonna be in like a year and a half so we have enough time to pay for it in cash. No one is helping up pay for anything- not even the stuff that is normaly paid for by someone else.
Here is the question now. To cut cost we are thinking about having a week day wedding from 9-5. Most likely on a wednesday. Our guest list is going to be right around 100- most of these people who we are supposed to invite. The cost of having a wedding on a weekend is 6x times what I would pay for the way i am doing it- around 9k. or on the friday 6k. I am right now looking at about $1,700 for the day (as most of you know that is really cheap).I know I can find something cheaper- but not nearly as nice as what i have. So i think its not fair for people to get huffy about when it is- but what do y’al think?
Edit: Since a lot of people are mentioning it- all that debt will be paid off before the wedding- thats why it is so far off.
Edit: Maybe I should have also mentonied- about 30-40% of people are retiered already so a good portion wouldn’t have to take off work.
Post # 2
You can have a daytime, weekday wedding but you will get a lot of declines.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park
If you are in 20k worth of debt I would say do not take on another 10k of debt for a party. If I were you, I would either go to the courthouse or have a small family/close friends ceremony in the backyard and then once you are out of debt do the big blow out wedding.
Tbh, I wouldn’t take a day off work to go to a weekday 9 to 5 wedding.
Post # 4
You can have your wedding in the middle of a tuesday night if you want. It’s your wedding and you’re footing the bill. You just can’t be upset if people don’t come. As long as you accept that a HUGE portion of your guest list maybe won’t attend, then sure!
Post # 5
Virginia Kingsford : Why don’t you just elope? Or have an at-home reception with less people? Or if you guys only include your parents you can go out for a nice dinner for much less.
Post # 6
While I can’t see the sense in paying $10k for a party when you’re $20k in debt, if you’re going to do it, I think it would be better to cut the guest list, find a smaller venue and have it on the weekend.
Post # 7
I’d decline. It sounds lke you cannot afford to have a wedding for 100 peoplei f you are 20,000 in debt. Bad idea all around.
IfI were 20 thou indebt Id be having panic attacks and looking for a way to pay it off before incurring more debt.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel
I would not be having a wedding while I’m in debt! Why don’t you wait until the debt is paid? Or elope
Post # 9
I don’t think it’s rude to have it on a weekday, you’ll just have to accept that a lot of people won’t be able to make it. As long as you’re gracious about that, you’re not being rude.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2017 - Sycamore Valley Park
Yes, its inconsiderate and incredibly inconvenient for your guests. Not only do you want to have a weekday wedding but also from 9 am – 5 pm, is that correct? So anyone working Mon-Fri would be required to take the entire day off. If it were evening at least they might get away with a half day or come after work. Please stop with this idea that there are certain things others *normally* pay for, thats just not how it works for most anymore. A lot of us here are paying for the wedding without assistance.
Post # 11
Honestly, I’d cut the guest list to just a few essential people…maybe parents, best friends, and siblings. Buy a dress, hire a photographer, do a tiny ceremony, or courthouse and take everyone out for a nice dinner.
If I received an invitation for a wedding in the middle of the day on a Wednesday, there’s no way I would be able to (or try to, honestly) go. And (no offense) my interpretation would be that the bride/groom was looking for a gift without actually wanting to have to pay to host people, since they’d know 2/3 of people wouldn’t be able to come.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2017 - Farm
I think that you can elope and pay down the debt. If you want to have a wedding you could always do a courthouse wedding in most places they can accomodate a small group on a Friday or Saturday night. It could be a close grou of family and friends making it more intimate. You could do a reception at a nice restaurant and still have a photographer take pictures and have a cake at the restaurant. You would spend way less than 10k and you could put the additional funds on the debt. If you want to wait a year to get married. Take the 10k and put it on the debt. Then start saving for the wedding and have a wedding towards the latter part of the year.
Post # 13
Generally I am very pro “do what you want” but even I wouldn’t do this. Elope and have a small party after. Many people would decline an invite for your current plan so you’d be wasting your $ anyways
Post # 14
The debt will be paid off be for 3/4 of the planing is done.
Post # 15
A wedding invitation is not a summons so it’s not rude per se, but it’s very inconvenient. Unless you were a sibling or a best friend I would decline. It’s very unlikely you will get anything close to your hundred person attendance and I’d really question why you were trying to have such a large party in the middle of the week like that. Since you know that most people wouldn’t be able to attend, inviting that many comes across as gift grabby, even if it’s not intended that way.
Agree with the others that you should plan a much smaller wedding. Oh, check with any of your VIPs first to make sure they can attend on your date and time, like parents, siblings or any best friends. Because I think planning on wedding on a date that those people find challenging is bordering on rude.
Also, I get that you guys are paying for it without any help, but so are a lot of brides. So it’s not that unique to your situation. There’s no point in continuing to mention it, because it terms of treating people well and not being rude, it’s not a good justification.