Post # 1
We’re doing our wedding as cheap, but classy, as possible, but I’m still afraid we won’t be able to afford it. Fiance and I are both 20, he’s going to school and I’m only allowed to work part-time at my job as a sales associate. I have looked, but there’s not much in my town that I’m qualified for to switch jobs, or even just earn a little extra cash. Any ideas?
I’m 90 days til the wedding and need at least $2,000 ):
Post # 3
Hmmm… that *is* a dilemma.
The first, most obvious thing to look at is if there is any place where you can cut down the cost of the wedding itself- shrinking the $2000 needed.
Examples: If you’re planning to use a professional to do your hair, is there any way you could find a friend/family member to do it for you instead?
Were you planning to do favors? Maybe you could opt not to do them- people tend to throw them out anyway. Or, if you still want to do them, try something inexpensive like homemade cookies in a cello bag.
I know you might be doing things like this already, but those are examples that popped into my head. Finding places to cut the cost even more can be hard, but helpful.
As for making extra cash, I would consider Ebaying things- if you have some stuff you don’t use that is in good condition, you might be able to make a bit of extra cash, and you’ll be purging things you don’t need.
I’m certainly thinking of doing this in the coming weeks- we have *so much* stuff, and I really need to get rid of it anyway.
Post # 4
Also, hey there date twin!
Post # 5
I considered ebay. I’ve had problems with it in the past on the selling side, but I could try again.
Our main costs are the ceremony/reception location, cake, and photographer, all about $500 each. Flowers we’re planning about $200, my parents are covering food, his decorations, both are helping split postage for invites.
We also need to pay for our honeymoon, which has come down to gas and tickets for a baseball game, disneyland, and entrance into some other attractions along the way (my parents are letting us use their timeshare so no hotel costs).
I feel like if I could get a 40 hour a week job it would all be magically solved, but i’m stuck with my $600 paycheck ):
Post # 6
@danielle.leann: where do you work that you get $600 a week for only 20 hours? that doesn’t seem bad to me at all.
Post # 7
For your honeymoon see if you can find some coupons or awesome deals to save even a couple bucks here and there. Are you going to Disneyland in Ca? I live there so I can scour the hotels for some coupons for other attractions. i now the San diego zoo and wild animal park have coupons, every so often.
What about offering to clean people’s homes in your neighborhood for a little extra cash? Maybe make something to sell and make sure you tell people your story of what the cause is for.
Post # 8
hmm.. if theres no way you can cut the budget, then iwould suggest:…
i’ve gotten 1,000 scholarships before.. perhaps your FI should look into applying for some applicaations and hopefully hear from them prior to 90days?? thats a way your husband can help or take out a student loand temporarily. he can also try selling his old text books and tutoring??
if you have time on your hands (im not sure you do bc you do have a wedding to plan in 90 days!! but….you can try your hand on crafts and selling it on etsy)…or just start selling stuff you don’t need.
Post # 9
I get $600 a month! It’s usually about $150 per week
Post # 10
@SandAndSea That would be great! Yes, We’re staying in Anaheim for 3 nights, Oceanside (to go to san deigo) for 4 nights, and Las Vegas for 4 nights. Any discounted anything you can find would be wonderful! thanks (:
Post # 11
@danielle.leann: ah, ok. I was about to say …. that’s $30/hr! k nm 🙂
Try signing up for sites like LivingSocial and Groupon … I have both apps on my phone and I’ve gotten some good deals that we’ll end up using. You normally have either one year from purchase or until the end of the calendar year to use the deal, it’s not like a regular coupon that expires in a month.
Post # 12
Hmmm.. so you know anyone you can babysit for? Rake leaves? Mow the lawn? Clean their house? Walk dogs? Tutor someone’s kids? Have a garage sale? Eat spaghetti and other cheap dinners when you can. I know those all seem silly and wont earn you THAT much money, but it will help out with some of the expenses. Hire a student at the local art school for your photographers. Sorry, the venue probably can’t get less expensive. Hope those ideas help!
Post # 13
$500 is a lot for a cake, could you use your free time to learn how to make your own?
Buy your flowers in bulk and do them yourselves there are some internet sites.
Post # 14
Have you considered waiting and taking your honeymoon later? I am a grad student and we are getting married in November (which my parents are hosting), so I probably will not have saved up enough money for a really awesome honeymoon by then. We decided to wait until February or so, that way we will be able to afford more and still have something to look forward to!
If that’s not an option, I’d say start checking out groupon and those kind of websites for the area, sometimes there are great hotel and attraction offers.
Post # 15
@simpleandchic: I was gonna say t hat $500 for a cake is really expensive when your whole budget is 2k. Can you do something less traditional? Pies? cupcakes? Do you know anyone who’d be willing to help you out with the cake? My firiend is trying to get into the catering business and is making my cupcakes for me as a wedding gift. They’re yummy and beautiful and going to cost me about $10 for the cake mixes I gave her.
Otherwise, sorry I don’t have any magic formula to make money. Let me know if you find anything 🙂
Post # 16
in our supermarkets you can buy different sized cakes, either fruit or sponge. and my friend bought hers that way. she bought 3 different sized sponge caekes….(they are already iced)
the biggest one was £15 about 15 inches round
the middle one was £10 about 10 inches round
the smallest one was £8 about 7-8 inches round.
she then bought the pillars, she bought 8 for £4
then she bought some silk flowers and basically fancied it up that way……it not only looked expensive, it looked GREAT, and was so tasty.
obviously if you want fruit cake it was a little more money. but not a lot more.
large £20 medium £15 small £10
my friends cake cost a maximum of £50, and no work involved cos it was already iced.