How much wedding-debt was left after your big day?

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much did you owe after your wedding?
    None! : (189 votes)
    74 %
    $0 - $1000 : (18 votes)
    7 %
    $1000 - $5000 : (28 votes)
    11 %
    $5000 - $10000 : (7 votes)
    3 %
    $10000 - $15000 : (5 votes)
    2 %
    $15000 - $20000 : (3 votes)
    1 %
    $20000 - $30000 : (3 votes)
    1 %
    $30000 + : (1 votes)
    0 %
  • Post # 3
    3635 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I guess it could have been more than $0 if you count that I had to put some stuff on my Amex the day of (bar tab, hair), but it was paid at the end of the month, so I don’t count it.  Honeymoon was also paid off when we got the MC bill on our return.  We just didn’t get married until we could afford it.

    Post # 4
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    We saved up for our wedding and only paid what we had because we hate debt so much. After one day of celebration, thousands looming over your head does NOT sound like fun, no matter how perfect the chair covers were.

    Post # 5
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Our budget for our wedding in September is $30,000 (ugh), and due to some unforeseen flights back and forth, it looks like we won’t have quite that much saved up. We will likely have to pay $2,000 after the wedding.

    Post # 6
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @O.My.Heart:  We have been saving for the wedding and honeymoon but if we have to dip into the honeymoon savings to pay for the wedding we will.  We already know that the honeymoon is going to have to be put off for a few months after the wedding to allow us more time to save.

    Post # 7
    4941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @O.My.Heart:  My hubby and I already have enough debt in motorcycles, we said we wouldn’t have a wedding that we couldn’t afford. We wound up eloping and spending $600 on the wedding and honeymoon, but our actual wedding budget for the “traditional” event was $2k and we weren’t going a dime over that. Lots of DIY and trading with vendors made that possible. 


    Post # 8
    8388 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Nothing, but we’re delaying our honeymoon (don’t want debt for that either).  We didn’t spend the money on our wedding until we had the money in hand, then estimated for 20-25% over.  It’s a bit like budgeting for a home remodel, it’s probably going to cost more than you think; if it doesn’t, then you get bonus money at the end 😉


    Post # 9
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    $0. We actually had $4k left in the designated wedding account after all was said and done, which we rolled over into our house buying fund.

    Post # 10
    6450 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @aggie2010:  +1

    We set a budget based on having no debt left over and stuck to it. I mean some of it was on a credit card but the entire balance of that card was paid off so I don’t really consider that debt as we had the money at that time to pay it off.

    Post # 11
    2460 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We’re paying for the entire thing with chequing accounts so I’m hoping none!

    Post # 12
    6073 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We had zero debt.  We paid off the credit cards in full on their due dates with what had accumulated in our savings account.

    Post # 13
    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We had about $8K, and used a credit transfer in order to get 12 months no interest. Currently we are more than 1/2 through paying it off.

    Some people are afraid of using credit but we worked it so that we won’t ever pay interest, and we made almost $1,000 off cash back rewards using a credit card specifically for wedding purchases.

    Post # 14
    1826 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    We will be paying for a bit as well. Technically I could pay all/most of it off with my savings but I don’t want to touch that unless I have to. Such is life…we have had some unexpected costs come up this year and my ex owes me thousands so it all evens out in the end.

    Post # 15
    1118 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had none to pay after.  We saved and planned and budgeted so we didn’t walk away with any debt.  Everything was paid out of our wedding savings.

    Post # 16
    4043 posts
    Honey bee

    I am putting a few things on my credit card, but I always pay off the balance in full by the end of each month. Our budget is around $10k. We have almost triple that in savings. We will not have any wedding, honeymoon or ring debt. 

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