(Closed) Bees, are you having a Paid 'n Full Wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 121
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yes and it feels so good! My dad bought my dress (2,500 with alterations) but the rest of the wedding 25kish is being paid by us. We have a little over half of it paid off now and will have it completely paid off but our wedding day.

Post # 122
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Bumble bee

Yes! We paid for the wedding ourselves. Our parents contributed a bit of money, but we planned such that we could afford everything ourselves. We saved up as much money we could in the year we were engaged, but before that we had savings as well. 

Post # 123
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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SoNLoveWithHim:  I agree that’s long engagement is often helpful. Fiance and I had a three year engagement which was mainly decided because I wanted to graduate before the wedding. It also helped with saving for the wedding. Our wedding is quite extravagant and has come to $50,000. We still have to borrow about $10,000 but we will be able to pay it off quickly with wedding cash gifts. I am very proud of us because we managed to save $40,000 in three years.. Quite a good effort 🙂 

Post # 124
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our parents are splitting the bill 50/50. We are about 1 month until our big day and we are currently at $65k. No debt with the two years we had to plan. 

Post # 126
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

our wedding cost about 20,000… my mom paid around 10k and my Fiance and i split the rest. we had no issues paying for anything, but all of the last minute scrambling resulted in about $500 that we hadn’t saved for.  it isn’t a big deal since we have our wedding gifts now (received around 6.5k) so it’s not like we are in debt, but i don’t like having to take out of the wedding gifts! 

Post # 127
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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SoNLoveWithHim:  

My parents wanted to pay for our wedding so that they could control it. I refused to accept money if it meant that our wedding would not reflect our tastes.

We could only afford to elope so that is what we did. It cost less than $10,000 and that included our honeymoon. We used both cash and credit. 

We are paying for our vow renewal which will be the wedding we never had. We will be using cash and the event will cost less than $8,000. I did so much research to save us money. Our meal will cost only $90 a plate which is very reasonable for this area; most banquet halls charge about $120+ for each meal. It is the reason we are leaving our city to have our celebration. 

If wedding costs are becoming hard to manage, I recommend thinking about having a smaller wedding. Prioritize the most important aspects and spend the most on those. 

Post # 128
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are paying our wedding and do not expect contribution from anybody. 

I am in a process selling my rental property and should be pocketing close to 70K (including downpayment I put toward it 3 years ago) , so we own’t be in debt for anything.  The rest will go toward our house renovation/emergency fund.  

 

 

Post # 129
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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SoNLoveWithHim:  this is what we expected but as the day came closer family members gave money to contribute. but everything was payed for in full. we budgeted about 5000-6000 for the wedding. we went a little over but everything went great! we had a year and a half to prepare. with that much time, as long as you stay organized then all will go smoothly. 

Post # 130
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My parents (divorced) are each paying for something- my dad is paying for the photographer, my mum is paying for our restaurant (40 people for dinner after our afternoon tea reception for 120) 

Post # 131
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We are going for smaller wedding around $25k and we are paying it ourselves cash no debt. We could go much bugger but i think its so useless to start a married life with a debt on our shoulders

Post # 132
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our parents are paying for the majority of the wedding, however we did have a fairly long engagement (18 months and now just 2 weeks to go!), and the biggest reason for that was so we could all save money (parents saved what they could and fiance and I saved what we could) and pay things gradually.  Weddings are already insanely expensive… why pay interest on top of it.  We are sticking to about a 20k budget in an area where weddings are expensive- that means looking for deals (and we had 18 months to do that!), and doing a good amount of DIY projects- well worth it not to end in the red.    

Post # 133
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We paid cash for everything and I would not do it any other way! After the wedding we had a bit of a “spending hangover” – I am not going to pretend there weren’t times where it just felt like we were shoveling cash out the door and it was a little scary. Still, I recommend going this route.

Post # 134
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We were mostly paid off in advance. My parents and I split the cost of the wedding, which was right around $18K give or take. My husband paid for the honeymoon and his parents took care of the rehearsal dinner. I think all told we were somewhere in the $25K to $27K range. My husband and I were engaged for a year and a half and saved as much as we could in advance, and used credit for a few things, but have since paid that off. Two years may look like a long time right now, but be vigilant about your saving and pay attention to what you’re spending, because it’s really easy to go over budget. 

Post # 135
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Newbee

We r paying for our wedding too!!  No financial help… doing a lot of diy project as well!  

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