Post # 1
Hi Bees! I am so relieved, My Fiance and I save pretty much every spare penny for the wedding and yesterday when my tax refund came in, I did the math and we have enough!!! Woo Hoo! Good thing b/c we only have 7 paychecks left! (1 per week)
Anyone else cut it close with the savings? Or saving as you plan?
Post # 3
Well…. it never did become final. About halfway through we realized that everything we had booked and what we had yet to pay for we didn’t really have the money for. So we asked my FI’s grandma if she could help donate something, she gave us $5000. On top of the $4000 my parents had given us, plus the $11,000 we contributed. Our wedding was probably more expensive than it needed to be, but hopefully we will be able to save that money back again.
ETA: We were extremely lucky his grandma contributed as much as she did, if not, we would have had to scale back on something. I am very glad we didn’t have to do that. I think his grandma felt guilty because two years prior they entirely paid for his cousins wedding, and they didn’t do that for us due to some family politics.
Post # 4
woot! congrats on saving money for the wedding! that will be a great feeling knowing that you won’t still be paying it off later on down the year.
i’m actually saving while i wait for the proposal. i figured i might as well. even if for some freak of nature reason we don’t get engaged, i’ll have access to a pretty good nest egg!
Post # 5
We kind of priced everything out before we started looking. Once we had an idea of what kind of venue we wanted, we wrote out what the total cost for an estimated number of guests would be, and then we added what we felt were realistic amounts for photography, cake, etc. So we didn’t start out with a set amount, it kind of developed as we planned. We’re lucky in that both our sets of parents are helping out, in addition to our own contribution.
Post # 6
yay paying for it!!!
We’re saving pennies for the honeymoon. FI’s bonus will determine what and where that means … we find out in March, eep!
Post # 7
We thought that we could have a wedding for 10K or less….. yeah, that didn’t work out. My folks are paying the 10K- (mostly venue, rentals, and food), we are paying for what is left over after that amount (DJ, cake, officiant), and his parents are covering rehearsal dinner and the wedding booze.
Post # 8
Since we decided to pay every dime of the wedding (except the Rehearsal Dinner – both parents are paying for that), we’re saving AGGRESSIVELY.
We discussed priorities first: Venue over flowers, food over photography, favors over number of guests. Based on our top priorities, we scaled back on the things that were less important to us. We picked our guest list, our venue, priced out our favors for that number & that set the budget. We’re transferring the amount we usually put into savings every month into our wedding budget & saving a little extra by cutting back on non-necessities (no cable, eating in, suggesting free activities when going out with friends, carpooling, etc.). Projecting forward to the wedding, we may have a small amount extra! And all this saving makes me feel good about building our life together…we’re probably going to continue the “scrimping” to add to our house downpayment & practice for the “college fund”.