Would your wedding plans change if you started earning significantly more money?

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much would your wedding plans change?
    A LOT! I would make major changes to my plans (+$6000 or more to the budget) : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Some. I would change a few things but keep most of my plans the same. (+$2000-$5,000 to the budget) : (28 votes)
    41 %
    Not very much. (up to +$2000 to the budget) : (9 votes)
    13 %
    I would change little and add money to another wedding related event (honeymoon, bach parties, etc) : (17 votes)
    25 %
    I would change nothing whatsoever! : (13 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 2
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    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    chickspartan:  I would personally put the extra money towards a longer honeymoon. That’s the event I’m most excited for!

    Post # 3
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    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

    chickspartan:  I would definitely have spent more money if I had it. I would have bought the dress I wanted instead of a knock off, bought the flowers I really wanted, and rented white chairs. The rest of my wedding was extremely simple and cheap but I don’t think I would have changed it much. I would rather save the bulk of my money for a great honeymoon or house. 

    Post # 4
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    1715 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    The only thing I would do diferently is have a full open bar instead of just beer and wine or drink tickets.  We haven’t decided which way we’ll go yet but I’m real disapointed we can’t afford an open bar.  Other than that I love what we’ve decided to do and wouldn’t change anything else.  I would just be less stressed 🙂

    Post # 6
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    3044 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Awesome! Congratulations! They say it’s always easiest to find a job while you have a job. 🙂

    Also – I’m sorry that you feel you have to brace yourself for comments from other people about how you choose to spend your own money. Enlarging the budget because you have an unexpected bump up in salary is not the problem starting with something that puts you into serious debt you won’t be able to escape from is!

    Post # 7
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    1491 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Yay for the new job!! Are you the girl who was posting about the boss from hell a few weeks ago??  

    Looking back, I don’t think I would have made any changes to my wedding budget if I had had more money. 

    I would definitely put that increase in salary towards something awesome, like a couple of great trips, a massive savings account or a house-fund.  

    Post # 8
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    4043 posts
    Honey bee

    chickspartan:  This actually happened to us and our wedding plans did not change. When we got engaged, we were making about half what we make now. Both of our salaries doubled within the year of our engagement. Our budget remained at $10,000, even though we could have afforded more and we did not tap into our savings (we paid as we went). We did increase our honeymoon budget just a little (by like $1,000), but that’s it. 

    We are even in the process of building a home and from the time we started building (5 months ago) until it’s finished, we are expecting to increase our net income by about 30%. We had an opportunity to up our total house budget and add a bunch of upgrades, but we opted not to. Our plan is to save the money and continue to live well below our means. We are planning on taking a trip to Europe though and will likely go one year earlier than anticipated because of the salary increases.

    Post # 9
    Member
    2720 posts
    Sugar bee

    Nothing would have changed for me. Congratulations on your new job! 

    Post # 10
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    942 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    A similar thing happened to us. We upped our honeymoon budget a little bit but kept the wedding the same.

    Post # 11
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    6073 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d make sure I have a nice emergency savings cusion before I add more to the wedding or the honeymoon.  If that is already all set, then maybe just a nicer honeymoon and keep the wedding as is. 

    But in reality, I recommend buying yourselves a joint nice present.  H and I put on a brand new tigerwood deck and we love that deck.  It’s on the second story so it has nice mountain views.

    Post # 12
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    1969 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    God I hope this happens to us!  I’m actually up for a raise, in about 2 months and FI just got a promotion about 2 months ago.  We were so behind on things though, that we haven’t really started to feel the increase in his income yet. Now we’re catching up, but things should be a lot smoother for us in just a couple weeks. We don’t have a firm budget now (very early in the planning process), but it looks like its going to be about 15,000.00 with my parents paying for about half. If I started making double, I’d probably up the budget at least a good $5000.00.  The money would probably go to a little less DIY (I’m making FI handle all of the paper items & I’m doing the florals, and decor myself).  I’d also upgrade the wedding related activities (bridesmaids tea might turn into a bridesmaids spa day, welcome happy hour might turn into a welcome dinner, and etc.)  

    Post # 13
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    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Wouldn’t have changed anything for us. I knew I would be tripling my salary 9 months after we got married but we are both frugal people so the budget was set and we tried to stay as close as possible.  Though I’m very cautious with money, I’m a person that is more happy to have money in savings and gets anxious spending it. 

    Post # 14
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    1272 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I don’t think I would change anything, but it would make the whole process a little more relaxed. I wouldn’t worry as much if the caterer or florist was a little over budget.

    I’d be more likely to add it to the house-buying budget or cover the costs that we don’t feel comfortable with FMIL paying.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  MKWeddingBee.
    Post # 15
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    There are a few things in my wedding that have been cut due to budgetary constraints.  If my income went significantly up to where I could add a couple of those things back in I think I would.

    My FI and I have an agreement where “extra” money can be put towards the wedding budget.  This would be from bonuses at work and extra overtime from my job.  It’s money above and beyond what is already allocated in the monthly budget.  Not exactly the same situation, but kind of in the same vein.

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