Post # 1
I’m trying to see if it is at all possible to do even a little wedding with the money we have (not much at all..seriously).
So, how much money did you have saved when you started planning? or if it makes it any easier, what percentage of your “wedding budget” did you have in the bank when you started planning.
I feel like I would be comfortable if we had it all there…but that is definitely not gonna happen. We only have about 1/3 maybe right now…but I’m not even working, so I’m taking money out of that account all the time 🙁
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Me personally? Zip. Nada. My parents are footing the bill for the whole thing.
I wish we, as a couple, would/had started a POST wedding fund/savings.
Post # 4
We had zero too. His parents chipped in 25%, my parents put in another 25% and FI and I saved the remaining 50% during our engagement – but we had 14 months to save and one year before the wedding I got a new job with a raise that made saving really easy.
Post # 5
We had zero at the beginning, but we were also planning on a 2+ year engagement. Figured out what we were getting from my parents and his parents and worked on saving the rest. We’ll need to save about $10K by the spring to cover everything.
Post # 6
We had nothing to start with, but we started saving after a few months of back and forth on what we would do, and both MIL’s have given some money, but not much. We have a budget of $5k, and believe me, it can be done. You can save that amount and you can throw a gorgeous wedding with it. I think that the crafty, lower budget weddings in the blogs are the prettiest, most sincere weddings.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
We had… oh let’s see here… Zero dollars… and zero cents.
I just bought stuff when we got paid. In the end we spent a total of about $1500, and had no debt or long-term savings spent on anything. I feel great about that.
Post # 8
yeah…we haven’t set a budget really, and dont have a date, just because of the situation we’re in.
but in reality, we’ll probably have a budget of 8k or so..do something really small (church ceremony, private dinner with just our familes) I still want to save a good amount of money, so that we can get a nice photographer – really important to me, have a really delicious meal, get a nice dress, and stuff
Post # 9
maryjane…your wedding looked lovely…i was definitely following your posts!
Post # 10
I’ve got a little saved and he does too. We’re fine w/everything as of now. We’re having a small yet elegant affair!
Post # 11
haha we have nothing. But, the church is free b/c I’m a member, the reception site/catering is pretty cheap, & the photographer’s going to be bartering w/ the FI-he’ll do construction work on her studio & she’ll do our photos. we’ll hopefully be under 10k. I’ll be doing lots of DIY projects and hopefully finding good deals on things.
Post # 12
Saving was a big reason on why he waited to propose.
I have 8K and FI has 15K we have both been working full-time for the past 3 years (him longer). His will be going to a downpayment/wedding and mine will be for wedding/keep saving. Both of our parents are helping out with wedding costs and we are saving on a couple wedding things already – Uncle is photographer..as a gift! yay! Church is free, borrowing vases for centerpieces, invatations are being made and printed by the graphic designer at my work for only the cost of paper.
We have been blessed 🙂
Post # 13
well…sorry we’re all at 0, but its comforting to know that you dont have to have it all upfront
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas
we had all of it, and then we bought a house…so it dwindled a bit after that. 🙂
Post # 15
When he is done buying my ring, he will have $0 in the bank (or, close to it heh). I have about $20,000ish in savings, but I want to keep $10,000 at least in savings as an emergency fund that I don’t touch, and we’re planning to buy a house in March (using the other 10 as an admittedly small downpayment). So…. for the wedding? Nothing really. But, if need to put deposits down or something I have cash on hand to do it then I just need to pay it back to the house fund. Hopefully once he pops the question we can start a separate wedding account. I am hoping to keep our wedding under 10K at most, and we’ll probably be married in about a year. Oy money.
Post # 16
We had NADA saved up at the start of the wedding planning process. By the time the wedding came around we had about $8K. That was the most we ever saved as a couple. It took dedication but well worth it!