For Bees that did not have financial help from family…

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Member
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My fiance actually had the money saved through a work savings plan before we were engaged. We are also going to be engaged about 18 months before we get married, so that would have provided time to save if we didn’t have it. 

We both agreed that the less we spent the better, so we are trying to stick to a 10,000.00 budget including paying for accomodations for the bridal party (if we didn’t have to do that we would have saved almost $1000.00).

Post # 4
Member
2828 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a significant portion (about half) already saved because I didn’t touch my 2011 or 2012 tax refunds. Then I took an interest-free salary advance for the rest. It was very convenient to have a “pot” so-to-speak, and not have to dip into my daily operating capital to pay for wedding stuff. Our engagement was 9 months.

 

Post # 5
Member
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@salejolie:  I got a second job and slowly paid things off one at a time. now we are less than 3 months out, and there is still so much, and i’m not getting as much as i thought back in taxes so i’m getting nervous – it’s gonna be tight.

 

Post # 6
Member
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am 18 months out, we are saving our tax returns for this year and next year as well as my yearly bonus. We will have 20,000 saved by March of 2015 and our wedding is in September 2015.

Post # 7
Member
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

DH and I work abroad in a place with slightly lower expenses, plus our jobs take care of our housing. So we just lived really boring for a year and saved like crazy. Our total budget was 10k and we saved more than we needed.

Post # 8
Member
1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@salejolie:  We just lived a very boring life for a bit…but it was worth it!

Post # 9
Member
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I got 2 extra jobs…for almost 2 years. Still might not have enough :-/ It will depend on tax return. If it’s the same as last year, we should be fine but I’m still worried. 

Post # 10
Member
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We had it in savings, but we used DH’s bonus and both our tax returns to pay for our 4K wedding and 3-4K honeymoon.

Post # 11
Member
2103 posts
Buzzing bee

@salejolie:  We had a bit saved adn then payed as we went. We were engaged May 2012 and will be marrying June 2014 for that purpose.

Post # 12
Member
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We had a few thousand in savings. When we set the date, we had 8 months to plan and finance everything. Luckily, we can easily live on one income, so we’ve had anywhere from $2000-3000 a month we can use for the wedding, and are able to come up with close to $20k to cover everything. 

But, we are not planning the honeymoon until after the wedding is over. This was we can build up our savings a bit and plan soething in the fall. 

Post # 13
Member
1632 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve just always been a big saver, & so has my fiance, so now that it’s wedding time, we’re taking out a small portion to have nice wedding & honeymoon!

Post # 14
Member
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have been saving since we moved in, and we also set our budget lower (10k grand total), to make it easier. 

Post # 15
Member
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@salejolie:  We have money in savings, but certainly not enough for a nice wedding. My fiance’ is receiving an insurance settlement in May…otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to have much at all. Sometimes I think reading on here makes me feel like something is wrong with us for not having $50,000 saved or given to us for a wedding. But at the end of the day average people most likely will have to work hard to save for a wedding, unless your parents pay which I would NEVER expect..or unless you are in a situation with a large sum of money heading your way like my fiance’.

Post # 16
Hostess
9908 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

we had nothing saved. we are paying deposits as we go and saving each month to pay for it. We’re looking at about $20,000 ourselves – we are getting about $5000 from family

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