Post # 1
Bees, like every girl ive always dreamt to have a huge wedding, and the presure is on now that we anounced our engagement on facebook hahaha, everybody seems to be already inviting themselves! and it seems that its going to be a big deal because im the first one of my friend circle to get married…the thing is that we dont have like savings or something for the wedding…please give me some ideas were to get extra money…should we ask our parents for money? here in mexico its kind of a tradition to name some one like the cake godfather (hahah that sound hilarious in english!) and then that person buys the cake…should we do that?
Post # 3
If designating a person to buy a certain thing is part of your culture, than by all means take advantage of it! That will save tons of money!
Post # 4
just set up a plan. we decided to set up a savings plan so we know we would be able to have enough for the wedding and beyond. we save 250 a week as long as the bills are getting paid. there have been a couple weeks when unexpected costs have come up, but we have stuck to it pretty good and have a lot of things and down payments paid for in just the 6 months we have saved
Post # 5
Unless there are cultural reasons preventing it, give yourself time! That was our best decision in regards to the wedding…it gave us time to save and to hunt for bargains.
When we were saving, we were on a very strict budget. Any time I got extra hours at work, that went into the wedding fund. I used coupons to cut our food budget, and anytime we were under on our weekly food budget, that went into the weddidng fund. Same with weekly date night, we would eat pizza instead of applebees and in goes another $15 a week. But don’t over budget, make sure you do leave yourself for something like a weekly date night, etc. Maybe don’t buy each other gifts for things like holidays, anniversies, etc…but do spend that money doing something fun together!
If it is part of your culture to have people pay for parts of the wedding, by all means, take advantage of it! Honestly, if that is was what your friends and family are expecting, they may be offended if you don’t ask.
Post # 6
thanks you tips are great help!
Post # 7
we didnt ask anybody for help, my parents came to us with a dollar amount they can give to us (like 1/3 maybe of total bill) and FI’s parents are paying for rehearsal dinner and that is it. Rest was up to me since I moved back home to save money. It helped def. Saved about 6k or so far just in not paying for rent and utilities. Still need to come up with about 5k before the big day! Aghhh
Post # 8
we were engaged for 16 months in order to build our savings for the wedding! i also baked cakes, cupcakes,truffles, and spanish cookies to sell and that was a hit. we stopped eating out and we were able to save a little over 5000 and have a beautiful wedding and go on a honeymoon!!
Post # 9
One thing you can do is plan your dream wedding out on paper–everything you REALLY want. Then go and price it all out and start crossing stuff off the list or finding less expensive alternatives. That way, if people start offering to help, you’ll know exactly what something costs.
Post # 10
Here’s one wedding budget template I found on Excel 2013 downloads, it helped me out quite a bit! Don’t forget that all these things are optional, and you can pick and choose what you do and how much you want to put into it.
http://goo.gl/pVMM1K (should work with Excel 2010 too)
Post # 11
When hubby and I decided to get married, I was a sahm. His income alone was not leaving us mouch to save for a wedding among everything else we had to pay for. So i got a pt job and used all my money to put towards the wedding. I was so proud to have saved up and paid for our wedding myself. I also did a few diy things as well and found venues and vendors that were in our budget. People helped out here and there, like my father buying my dress and my fmil buying a few items here and there like the cake topper and the kids fg and rb outfits and shoes, etc.
Post # 12
Keep in mind almost everything is negotiable. That is my advice for all things wedding related. Even things that seem non-negotiable are negotiable.
Post # 14
We gave ourselves plenty of time to save, and then kind of paid as we went, making sure we had enough money to put into the wedding. We are 4 months out and have 82% of the wedding paid off in full.