(Closed) Creative ways to pay for this wedding!

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 17
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I wouldn’t give money, no. I don’t get why the wedding can’t be scaled back–seems like a better option.

Post # 18
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think a really great way to save money is to trade services with vendors. A while back, my parents had their house repainted. My dad created a website for the painting company in return, so both sides won and neither had to shell out a lot of money. If you have some special skill, you might be able to do something like this w/ a vendor.

Post # 19
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Usually people sell baked goods and such for charities…not for themselves

Post # 20
1760 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Start cleaning houses. Be a maid on weekends and clean house for cash. It would take about 2-4 hours I think per house and you can decide how many to do. If you are in a bit city, you can easily grab $80+ (depending on size of house) for each one.

Post # 21
94 posts
Worker bee

Well, I agree that scaling back is a great option.  I did my wedding 17 years ago for about $3500 for 200 people including the dress and the rings.  The trick is doing everything yourself.  I had lots of help from my sister too.  She did my cake and helped with my flowers. And looking for bargains. Garage sales, thrift store finds, etc.

Also, I sold Mary Kay in the past.  That was quite lucrative and you get to set your own hours.  They also train you how to do make up so that would be one less expense on your big day.

At one time, I did boutique parties where I re-sold items I bought in the wholesale district.  I would also set up at church bazaars and craft fairs.  Harry Potter and Pokemon paid for 2 Christmases.  Toys and little girl accessories did the best for me.

Good luck!


Post # 22
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I highly recommend babysitting. Start an account on SitterCity.com and send out mini “cover letters” to families in your area explaining your babysitting experience and your schedule. Many families would be happy to hire someone who isn’t a teen – and are willing to pay more money for someone older, more educated, etc. I do this on the weekends all the time and it’s an easy way to make a little bit of extra money.

Post # 23
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

is it possible to move your date back to give yourself more time to save? you can definitely babysit, dogsit, clean houses, etc. to make a few extra bucks!

Post # 24
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our plan to make a little extra wedding cash, though we haven’t gotten around to it yet, is to sell some stuff on eBay. Fiance has his last gen iPhone hanging around and a bunch of video games we don’t play anymore. We figure we might be able to make a couple hundred once we actually get around to listing the stuff.

We also put all our loose change in a jar and recently cashed it in. I think we had $150+ in there. It’s enough for that extra little wedding something you might not otherwise have, you know?

Post # 25
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

well, my fiance and I both had scooters (mopeds) and sold them to pay for some wedding stuff.

unfortunately, he also had to pull some money out of his retirement. i know that it’s not always the best thing to do, but he is young and we don’t have to pay interest on it.

i also got an extra job (not very creative)


Post # 27
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I just want to second the suggestion to sell stuff you don’t use.  Try Craigslist too, no fees!  You can meet the buyer in a safe, neutral place and no need to worry about shipping.  You’d be amazed at what will sell, even “ordinary” household stuff.

Also second the idea to consider making things for sale if you are crafty at all.  I keep looking at the prices of hair fascinators, then looking at what they are made of… and there are online tutorials on how to make fabric flowers and the like.  Pretty decent profit margin possibilities there!  I just never get around to doing it myself!

Post # 28
4554 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Not sure if this is an option for you, but Fiance and I moved from a 2bed/2bath apartment ($735 a month) to an older 1bed/1bath ($475 a month). We had to find someone to take over our lease to do it, but it was SO worth it–I hated the last place anyways. We also cancelled the internet–now we just tether from his phone.

Guess that’s more a way to save money than to make money, but any money you don’t have to spend is money in your pocket…

Post # 29
9 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

hmm– for the money in your savings— have you considered investing? I know its not exactly “quick money” but every little bit helps, right? 🙂

Post # 30
4460 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ILikePink: That’s so funny because we have been collecting cans! We have cashed out $200 so far. We might as well do it. So many people just throw them away! Maybe I need to start thinking bigger! Thanks for the link! 

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