- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
My FI and I have 5 months to go until our wedding. We just got back this weekend from a friend’s wedding that completely wrecked us financially – I agreed to be my friend’s maid of honor two years ago and have been trying to put back enough to do everything she needed, but I ended up spending over $2K on her wedding, from my bridesmaid gear to travel and hotel expenses, bachelorette stuff, wedding gift etc. We had to tap into our own wedding fund to be able to do it, and we’re already really, really struggling to save much for our own wedding and pay our bills anyway. We’re paying for our entire wedding with no monetary gifts from either of our families (though both families are making food to help out).
I’ve figured up that if I had an extra $1K, I *know* I wouldn’t have to worry about wedding expenses. That would be on top of the $2.5K that I thiiiiink I can save over the next five months/paychecks (or at least I would know that we had money to take a small honeymoon). I currently have $1,700 saved (did have $2,500, but alas, this other wedding took all that…). I already don’t have any kind of beauty treatments done (except the ones that my friend asked me to get for her wedding), don’t ever buy new clothes, spend only what I need on gas and groceries… I really don’t know how I could save any more than I’m saving. My FI can’t really help at this point because he pays most of our bills and is paying off a college loan – if he can pay for my wedding ring, I’ll be happy 🙂
Do you all have any tips for making money? FI has already shot down the idea of a yard sale because people haggle so much that you don’t make much money in the end for all the work it takes to put one on.
I’m really lucky that most everyone who’ll be coming to our wedding are just plain country folk and don’t expect a big fancy wedding, but I’d still really like to be able to afford a few wedding-y things, like renting some tablecloths and something to make a cake stand with… just stuff like that. I’ve been pretty creative with my DIYing so far (it’s a DIYsplosion!), so I’m up for any ideas in that vein you might have, too!