Post # 1
Ok, so I am 4 months away from my wedding. Both my Fi and I knew we would be on a very tight budget. I lost my job when we got engaged, and my Fi is only working part time right now. Both my family and his family are helping us out in everything they can, but we come from humble families. We don’t want to be a burden on anybody. Does anyone have any suggestions for raising money for our wedding?
Post # 3
Do you have stuff you could sell online? Could you do part-time work, even babysitting? Can you cut back on current expenses and save the difference?
Post # 4
I know it’s not going to be what you want to hear, but can you postpone at all? Cut back on some things that haven’t been paid for yet?
If all else fails, maybe try a yardsale (ask friends and family to donate stuff if you don’t think they’d be offended) or sell some things on Craigslist? Can you barter for anything?
Post # 5
Or go for a simple City Hall type wedding… and do something bigger when you can afford it later. You don’t want to be beholden to anyone else just to throw a party.
Post # 6
Lots of people where we are do “stag and does” (or buck and does etc) where you throw a giant party and people pay money to 1) get in 2) buy drinks 3) play games/buy tickets for raffles set up to win prizes. Personally I hate them but it is very popular here; my friend’s brother just made $3000 from his! Hopefully you can figure something out.
Post # 7
Sorry you are having to think about this right now. And I really hope you find a new job soon!
Could you cut back on anything? You could throw a really great cocktail and dessert reception instead of the whole dinner thing. You could still have music (iPod?) and some dancing.
Maybe review your guest list?
Post # 8
Oh and you could ask a friend to take pictures for you.
Post # 9
I lost my job a few months after our engagement also. Is it possible to get a part time job? I know that I took one to help save for our wedding even though it’s not even closely related to the field I was trained in (but there aren’t ANY jobs in that one). The extra few hundred a month can really help if your budget is really tight.
Post # 10
I have actually just began working, but only part time. The economy is very bad in this county, so I am lucky to even have that. I have cut back in everything I could possibly think of, and I think I’ve done a very good job of it. But since I do have that little extra time, would anyone recommend something I could do on my own time to raise money?
Post # 11
I lost my job after we got engaged, it sucks and now I can’t contribute to the wedding at the moment. I also got a part-time job which doesn’t help too much but is better than nothing. I really like everyone else’s ideas about selling some of your old stuff, and babysitting. Have you thought about hosting a party… candle, wine, sex toys, jewelry, kitchen stuff there are so many different kinds. Selling avon on the side. Any of those help a little. These are great if you know a lot of people. if you find any other great ideas I’d love to hear them.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
Making money- gargage sales, ebay, craigslist, can either of you do freelance work?
You could always have a small ceremony now, big ceremony later. You could use friendors, use a location that’s free- park or your backyard to save money also. Good Luck!
Post # 13
Now with the holiday season around the corner, best bet is to do like beagle said and sell on ebay, craigslist, garage sales etc. I work full time but my FI graduates college in December so he doesn’t have a job yet. I started selling Mary Kay to earn some extra money and so far so good. You could always just do something intimate and have a big party on your one year anniversary.
Post # 14
The AVON ladies at my school really do well-Avon seems to sell easier than Mary Kay at school-I personally think its bc of the recession & people are counting their pennies. Avon tends to be very economical (can you tell I’m a fan, and no, I don’t sell it!) I was also going to add-babysitting on school nights-such as nights of PTO meetings, football games, etc. and advertise that you are older and willing to watch multiple children (ie: I’m okay with a young teenager watching my twins for me to run to the grocery store, but for a movie and dinner out-I want an adult or 20 something…twins can be a handful). It is really hard to get a sitter on nights that there are school events-just a suggestion! Childcare is very expensive and most daycare centers around here close around 6pm-makes it hard to do all of the other “mommy things” I need to do such as run errands, etc. with two little ones underfoot. Having someone who can drive is also a big plus-if I go out to a movie with a girlfriend, when I get home, my children either need to still be awake and up, or the sitter’s parent needs to come and pick them up-due to this, I’ve stopped doing things in the evening bc I don’t want to rouse sleepy kids from bed to run a babysitter home. Just some ideas…
Post # 15
Ok its definitely not for everyone, and I have not done it personally, but I know you can make money donating plasma. It is like thirty dollars a trip, and you can go twice a week. I think it is kind of a pain to get started, but it might be worth it. Also you need to weigh 110 lbs. Hope that helps.
Post # 16
Thank You girls for the suggestions. I think I can work something out…