(Closed) After the paying of the wedding.

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
164 posts
Blushing bee

One suggestion I might have is picking up odd jobs.  Prior to getting the job I have now, I would do mystery shops and surveys to earn additional income.  They would not interfere with my job and were fairly easy to do.  I work for companies like Bestmark, Maritz Mystery Shopping, Beyond Hello, Marketforce and Second-to-none.  I also do surveys for companies like Field Works and Trupanel. 


Also, if you are going to be off during the summer, you could pick up a job somewhere where the entry wage might be high like a home depot or a lowes.

Post # 4
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

ramen noodles, chicken, oranges.

sacrifice now for benefits later on.

Post # 5
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@rosegirl2325:    Thanks for the specific mystery shopping companies!  I’ve been wanting to get into that for years now, but have been leary since I know there are so many scam ones out there too.  Do you find that one or 2 of them are consistently better then the others?

Post # 6
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Managing money isn’t easy, but saving systematically is better than saving in large quantities? In other words, taking x from each paycheck is a good practice for saving as long as time is on your side. I honestly plan on saving for a few years for my wedding and I’m not pressured about the date. You could always do the practical wedding~



Post # 7
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did a few things –

1. I overbudgeted and met the goals.

2. I set up an ING account that earns higher interest than a bank and automatically deducts a certain amount every two weeks (you can set up the timing however you want)

3. Sold whatever we didn’t absoultely need.  My Fiance and I are into music (playing music, not just listening) and had a LOT of gear.  We sold what we didn’t need, including stuff we didn’t necessarily WANT to get rid of.  This got us thousands of dollars.

We have been engaged for a year and a half and are paying for the wedding ourselves.  We’ve saved over $40k.  And this was on mostly my salary alone and selling off stuff.  FI was not employed for the majority of our engagement (he’s still in school).  It hasn’t been easy.  BUT, we’re having the wedding we want, and we will have $4k leftover AFTER the honeymoon.  

Can anyone say new car downpayment?!? 🙂

The sacrificing now will pay off later.

Post # 8
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with getting a second job if you can.  I just started working at a gas station. They are giving me 24 hrs a week (at $8 an hour), and its like an extra 170 a week after taxes at all that.   Thats an extra $3400 by the time our wedding rolls around!

Im totally going to check out those mystery shopper sites now too!  =)


Post # 9
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

These are all really good pieces of advice. I’d also suggest reading about the Young House Love wedding:


A lot of these “cheap” weddings include major gifts from friends and family of vendor costs – but you can still take it for what it is worth, and get some great savings ideas.

My biggest piece of advice is remember that a wedding doesn’t automatically equal $27,000.   If you work hard, and find work-arounds for “typical” wedding items, you can save a lot of money.  You might need to be willing to step outside the wedding box, though.  The happiest budget brides I see – they seem to be really okay with stepping outside the “expected” and doing what they want.  

Good luck, fellow Ohio bride!  

Post # 10
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Fiance and I saved up and made getting a decent place to live a priority over the wedding… would it be possible to move in to a halfway decent place together and combine rent as a way of saving money before the wedding? If you have a house, you could also consider taking in lodgers… that worked out OK for us.

Post # 11
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Budget bride here.  The ways I am saving is cutting costs where I can (things that aren’t necessary and finding budget friendly vendors and items).  I am also looking for a pt job to help with wedding costs… so we’ll see.

Post # 12
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

First, do not be suckered into thinking you need a whole bunch of random monogramed crap. You DO NOT NEED special, personalized toasting flutes and caker servers.

The easiest way to save on the wedding is making sure the guest list is as small as possible, but if your wedding is only 5 months away, you may have already sent out Save-The-Date Cards.

Other than that, cut absolutely EVERYTHING that’s not important to you. And be honest about what’s important. It may be fun to have a limo, but is it really IMPORTANT? Probably not. This is what we did, and it worked for us. There is just so much extraneous stuff that the WIC tries to get you to pay for.

Post # 13
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are in the same boat, even though my Fiance parents are paying for most of the wedding since they definately have the means to do so. We still have to come up with the rest of the money. Things add up quickly! To cut costs we are using wooden flowers that i found at the flee market for the bouquets and boutineers. We are having a buffet style dinner and usings jars I’ve been collecting (aka lots of pickles, jelly and salsa lol) and candles for our centerpieces.

As for saving money we have a small amound of money taken our of our paychecks atomatically into a joint savings. Its not much but it helps.

Good Luck with your planning!

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