Post # 1
How did you save and budget for your wedding? Did you have a significant portion already saved or did you just pay the deposits and saved regularly until the big day? Did you wait until you had the money to start planning? I’m starting to feel anxious as we don’t have a lot saved for the wedding but will be setting aside enough each month to meet our final estimates (along with an extra percentage for unknowns).
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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
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
@salejolie: We just lived a very boring life for a bit…but it was worth it!
Post # 9
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
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
@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
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
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
We have been saving since we moved in, and we also set our budget lower (10k grand total), to make it easier.
Post # 15
@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
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