Post # 1
I have been trying to save for my wedding for 2 years now, and have even changed my “dream wedding” from being a nice catholic church wedding with a small brunch reception to being a destination wedding in Vegas to try to afford my wedding sooner.
Well I was wondering, how do other brides pay for their weddings? Especially these huge elaborate weddings.
Post # 3
Savings and a few donations from family (like they are paying for the band at the reception).
Post # 4
haha, I wish!
But seriously, we’ve been saving for the last 4 years for a house & wedding. Now that the downpayment is out of the way, we’ve been trying to put aside some money for a wedding, which is proving a little more diffiicult than we had hoped. For the most part, we’re taking our time, we started planning/budgeting about 2 and a half years out from our preferred date, so we already have a very clear idea of what we can afford and what we cannot.
We’ve been spreading out the spending as best we can,which helps, instead of paying for everything all at once. And we’re minimizing on things that aren’t a necessity –food, officiant, location– our wedding will be far from elaborate or formal.
Post # 5
We’re having a long engagement! We put aside a set amount of money each pay cheque towards the wedding. We’re also getting a generous contribution from my parents. Our budget is $12K and we’ll be paying for 1/2.
Post # 6
Honestly… my parents are paying for pretty much the entire thing, as tradition goes. If we had to pay for ours ourselves, then we would be having a much smaller low-key affair. Our current financial situation wouldn’t allow for anything nearly as extravagant as the wedding that we are planning right now.
We have saved up some significant money though for our wedding rings, generous gifts to everyone involved in the wedding, and a honeymoon. It’s all about setting your priorities and your budget and then saving, saving, saving.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
We are paying for most of it ourselves. I suppose that you could say that we’re scrimping and saving, but honestly, even if we had a ton of money, we still wouldn’t have wanted an elaborate wedding. We’re just not elaborate people.
Post # 8
my parents are offering to pay for some things, and then fi and I are paying for the rest. We are saving saving. that is one of the reasons why we have 2.5 year engagement. 😀
Post # 9
savings nickle and diming… lol
we are paying for a majority.. and our parents and inlaws are contributing…
and we have other family members who are offering to pay for Dj some helping iwth liquor my maid of honor donated $200. and his best man is buying the Fi’s shoes
Post # 10
You should have an option for those paying for some of their wedding. Some/Half/Most???
Post # 11
My parents are giving us some money but we are paying for most of it ourselves. We are fortunate enough that we both pull in enough money to afford this, so we are basically just not putting as much money in savings as we would like to right now, since huge chunks of change are going toward wedding expenses.
If I had my way I would just be eloping though. I’m a pretty practical person and it’s difficult for me to stomach the amount of money that is being spent on just one day.
Post # 12
We’re paying for most of it ourselves. My parents are paying for my dress and accoutrements. His parents were going to give us some money but now his dad is having heart troubles that are keeping him out of work and neither one of us would feel good about accepting that money. I’m currently in the process of trying to win a guess-the-secret-sound contest on a local radio station. As the money pot stands now, that would give us an extra $2000!! Now I just need to be caller number nine and make my very educated guess.
Post # 13
My fiance and I will be attempting to pay for the whole wedding ourselves. My parents have said that they were planning on footing most of the bill…but we both feel the obligation to keep costs to a minimum and try our best to do it ourselves. My fiance’s parents are not in any position to help financially. And we don’t feel comfortable pushing it all off onto my parents.
In the end, I think my parents will offer some help but like I said, we’re keeping it as low-cost as possible…lots of DIY and the like.
Post # 14
My parents are paying for most of it. But I offered to pay for my dress and flowers, plus I put down the deposit on the venue.
I think it’s nice that my parents are giving me money for the venue and catering but I have to pay for anything extra – that way it keeps me from going overboard and only focusing on the things I really think are important. FI pays the mortgage and all the monthly bills so I think it makes the most sense for me to pay for anything extra since I’m the one who will care about flowers.
Is that weird that I say I LIKE having a limited budget?
Post # 15
we are paying for it all on our own… every week we have and are putting away 125$ and any extra income goes to the wedding… ie: income tax refund=a couple hundred dollors, birthday money. we have no other choice if we want all the things we dream of. and well we are not going to have a get away honey moon, we are going to probably just take a few days off from work and stay home.
Post # 16
My FI and I have planned on paying for the whole thing ourselves, but a few weeks ago my mother said, “You know, you could always take the money I give you to put a down payment on a house if you elope…”! Money is such an uncomfortable subject to bring up that I hadn’t asked her if she was contributing. Besides the fact that we planned on paying for it ourselves by saving like mad and DIY a ton, FI’s parents said they would pay for the alcohol. But that’s as far as I know.