Post # 1
If you have read my previous post from yesterday we are going through a small problem. My fiance’s dad can only provide $700 for the wedding instead of the 2 – 3K we had originally agreed on. For this we will have to cut our open beer, wine, and soda bar that was going to cost $2600. Unless we can find another way to come up with the money. Here is our budget right now
Catering (including china, table cloths, and all staff) $2612
Additional linens $110
Centerpeices and Decorations $160
Dress: $419 ( Paid for)
Bussell added to dress $80
Hair and Make up $50
Bra and Slip – $135
Veil – $20
Jewelery – 25 (CZ erings and pearl necklace from mom)
Bouquets – $95 (already made by me)
Invitations and Postage: $210
Photographer – $1500
Additional Stuff $600
DJ – Unknown (we are thinking S200 – S300 for a DJ in our family)
This comes out to a possibly $8341
What we can afford for the wedding at this time with our tax return, money from family, what we have already spent, etc is $8844
This would leave us with a $503 leway if anything goes wrong.
What are some ways to come up with some extra money for the wedding that does not include getting a second job as me and my fiance are already extremely busy.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Waitingbee57: When we were planning our wedding I saved any unexpected, secondary money as wedding savings. This included:
Money I make from taking surveys at $3/pop
Money I make from giving my old clothes to a consignment shop
Anything I sell on Ebay
Credit Card Rewards
It added up to a good chunk without much effort!
Post # 4
do you drink a lot canned/bottled drinks? you could collect them for recycling. on our last haul we got about $25. may not seem like much, but it’s something and it adds up 🙂
Post # 5
Tax return and sell things on the internet. That would be the quickest way to make some money.
Post # 6
@mchitt329: +1 to selling stuff on eBay! FI is really into electronics and ALWAYS has to have the newest thing. In order to afford it, he sells his old stuff (along with textbooks and other random things). You’d be surprised how much money you can make.
Post # 7
@annb9: Hmm I like the idea of selling text books. Me and My FI have quite a few text books (he has the heavest box known to man of textbooks from college and highschool.
Post # 8
@mchitt329: What website do you use to take surveys?
@lilchicana: We unfortunately do not. We dont eat or drink anything that comes out of a can aside from jared sauces (which we are using the jars for our centerpeices.
@alysee: We already are using our entire tax refund and he is not getting anything back for his tax return last year 🙁
Post # 9
I sell things! Craigslist, eBay, Amazon… You’d be amazed at home much stuff you don’t actually use, and how much money people are willing to pay for that crap!
Post # 10
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Waitingbee57: Pinecone Research! They kind of hide their cash option and try to get you to use points for a bunch of misc. stuff. If you can’t find it PM me 🙂
Post # 11
@mchitt329: I will look forward to this when I get home from work today. All the other cash survey sites are scammy.
Post # 12
You are doing a great job at keeping your budget to a balanced manageable vs sensible level, well done!
As per PP, I would say selling unwanted goods is an easy way to gain some cash. Otherwise, what skills do you have? Could you babysit for co-workers, sell baking at a market etc?
Post # 13
@emerald_halo: Thank you. We knew we had 10K to spend and we were not going over budget. AT ALL! So when we lost the 2k – 3k we knew we had to think of something so instead of having an open bar when we cant afford it we are going to plan for a different approach unless of course the money falls out of the sky and we can do it at the last moment.
We will see what we have around the home to sell. Another friend of mine told me to buy stuff really cheap at yard sales and sell it for more money.
Post # 14
Here in Winnipeg we hold an event called a ‘social’ – aka fundraiser. Couples call around and try to get prizes donated to them – TV’s, gift certificates etc – then they hold silent auctions – a sheet of tickets can go for $10 or so. The only thing the bride/groom usually pays for is a hall or a venue to hold it in. They sell tickets at $20 a pop and have some simple snack foods available – if you can, have it outside or someones house (just to save some money). Every couple i know that has held one of these usually makes out with a few $1000 after expenses.
Post # 15
Say you have till August to get the money. You have about 8 months, or 32 weeks. Can you find a way to make an extra $100 a week? Tutoring is always a good way to make extra money. Baby-sitting, too.
I would sell textbooks, advertise for tutoring or other handywork skills you may have, see if either of you can get extra hours at work (I don’t know how your jobs work, though)…
Post # 16
Are you crafty? There are alot of crafty ways to make money.. like.. if you are good at making paper flowers or fabric flowers, they sell on ebay like crazy! And are relatively cheap to make.