Post # 1
It might sound silly, but in this day and age how the heck are we supposed to pay for all this stuff!!! I am from a family of 6 girls, and the first to get married, Whatever I ask for from my parents they will have to give the other 5 girls when it is their turn. My parents are by no means wealthy and I think I am only going to get about 3000 dollars from them, which I am totally OK with! The fiance’s mom is not financially able to help us at this time, which again I am totally OK with! Our bills are always paid and we live a quiet comfy life, but saving 10,000+ dollars just seems like an impossible task! I have been thinking about alternative ways of making money… of course another job, saving, credit, etc… but I want to think outside of the box!!! Has anyone done something fun and creative to make money, not just for a wedding… I saw a family raising money for beauty pageants at the grocery store and they did a cute little bake sale…. would you give money to a girl doing a “dress fund bakesale?” cause I know I would!!! =) ….. thoughts????
Post # 3
Doesn’t get much more creative than this:
Post # 4
I understand what it’s like to be from a family of girls and your parents not able to contribute as much as they/you hoped. But I don’t think having a dress fund bake sale would be the way to go. I don’t think it would be time or cost effective; considering your baking costs, the time to bake and sit outside and sell your baked goods. I think its a matter prioritizing your spending items so you stay within your budget. If your heart is set on having more, then you would be better off getting a part time job or living on PB& J and Ramen for the next 9months.
Post # 5
in australia we have $1 and $2 gold coins and we put them into a money box – this took 6mths to fill and it came to about $4300
Post # 6
This is probably not the best way to “fund” your wedding – but I have read on weddingbee that people charge their wedding on credit card
what you can do is the ‘practical approach’ – charge the credit card with low interest rate, and instead of wedding gifts, ask for ‘contribution to your honeymoon or wedding fund’ – i know some bees are against asking for gifts, but it’s very common in large cities and not weird at all since city weddings are super expensive.
Post # 8
Along with the baked goods, maybe you can sell lemonade? People buying the baked goods will see it and buy the drinks too.
Post # 9
@FinallyGettingMarried: that’s pretty much what i am doing. i have no financial help from either of our parents – except perhaps a wedding gift of a couple hundred dollars for which i am extremely careful, every bit helps!
so i am using my credit card mostly and i pay it back as i make it. as a grad student, i have been living this way for years, i always pay it down eventually, never miss payments, and eventually pay it off. then i start all over again! a couple of years ago it was to go to New Zealand for a month (for a friends wedding), now its my wedding…
i am also doing a honeymoon registry.
however, i opened this thread hoping to get some ideas to make money creatively 🙁
@eloping: maybe i will start doing this with dollar bills! that’s amazing! $4000 would change everything for me right now!
Post # 10
My husband and I always “joke” about getting a part time job delivering pizza on the weekends. We somehow always end up taking a drive on Saturday night, so we might as well give ourselves a destination and make some money in the process!
Post # 11
@purpleunicorn sorry if you thought this was a thread to get ideas from! i see now how the wording can be confusing! sorry to let you down! =)
thanks for all the advice ladies.
Post # 12
@WeAreMarshalls: its ok! i would do the baking thing too, except i dont bake!
if you have the time and commitment to make it work, more power to you!
Post # 13
@ILikePink: Oh my goodness I LOVE this I live right across the border from there and it was in the news paper and it makes me smile every time =)
Post # 14
I tried the recycling can thing before…I made $72, and when you’re 13 years old, that’s a lot! I might need to do that again, haha!
I make a lot of extra money by dog sitting. I have a key to my preacher’s house, and when he goes to meetings and mission trips I take care of his dog. There’s also another lady from my church who goes out of town a lot, so I feed her cat/clean the litter box.
Are you artistic at all?? Maybe start making paintings and selling them. Or jewelry!! People like jewelry! There’s a woman in my town who makes necklaces and earrings, and she sells them to local boutiques sometimes. If there’s anything like that in your area & you have the time to put into it, that might be a fun option!
I myself am not very creative, so that’s all I’ve got for you! Good luck 🙂
Post # 15
don’t have such an exspensive wedding. You can plan your entire wedding and reception with the 3,000 from your parents. If I had that much to work with, it would include our hineymoon as well. There is no reason for a wedding to cost $10,000
Post # 16
@bryenswife: I agree..If you don’t have it..don’t spend it. “Please don’t start a marriage in dept!”
One idea I have..I saw somewhere. I placed an add in the locals offering to promote a company with cards and/flyers. “The add targetted new or struggling companies in the area where the Reception will be held.” Anyhow…If they’d bring their product for my quest to sample, I’d supply the promotional. (Cost pennies to have cards & flyers made.) So, at the reception I plan to have an area set up…just for them. My guest can go through and sample their local venders products FREE. It’s a win win for everyone..I think.