(Closed) Did anyone else buy a house that needed work at the same time as their wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We bought our house in Sept/Oct and got married the following June.  No where near what you are going through but we had to do quite a bit of work to get situated. 

Do what you can and try not to stress.  Its fun now that friends come over again and say, “oh wow!  I remember when that wall was navy blue, the bathroom had 80’s wallpaper, and you had sheet vinyl floors!”.  It all looks so much better, a little bit at a time. 

I would suggest talking to your Fiance and decide what has to be done in order to move in.  Obviously plumbing and hopefully bathroom doors!  If its important your dogs come then add taht to the list.  Things like mounting TVs, baseboards, setting up bedrooms, fans should all not stress you out!  Those can be done over time when you get a chance after you move in. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Definitely try not to stress out over it.  just think at least you have a roof over your head and a hubby!

We gained possesion of our house in Feb. but my hubby didn’t live there until April.  We got married in May and have just finished the first round of renovations.  in the last few months we have lived without a ceiling and some walls and lots of drywall/plaster dust.  We just finished all the electrical work and now comes drywall, trim, paint, etc.  The big thing is to look for the light!  i agree about making a list and figuring out the basics of what you need to live there comfortably.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are thinking about buying one two weeks after the wedding… seems like things wont be slowing down!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It definitely sounds like you have a lot on your plate. We purposefully put off looking at houses for the few months before the wedding just so that we weren’t doing too much and getting too stressed. We put an offer in a few weeks after the wedding and just closed a week and a half ago. We are busy getting settled, thankfully the house doesn’t need a lot of major work, and of course not long after our offer was accepted, we found out we are expecting! It’s funny how things work out.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

my fiance is in the military and we got posted 2 months before our wedding, and we’ve been waiting for this posting we could buy a house!  We just moved in and our wedding is in october.  its kinda stressful cause its like…should be buy new furniture now, or wait until the wedding is over…where is everyone going to sit if we don’t buy furniture…but how do we make sure we have enough money for the wedding…its a big circle of worry!! but…it’ll work out…thats what i’m going for anyways!!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

We built a house while wedding planning.  It was a nightmare but things worked out.  Good luck!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We took possession of our house a week before the wedding and ended up cutting our honeymoon short by half a week to come home and paint. We were able to move in but have been working on it ever since {our kitchen is still primer only, no paint}. And now we have a baby on the way with a basement reno in the works so I can move my office downstairs and free up a bedroom for the baby! *lol*

It’s nuts but it does work out! Figure out what the top priorities are {ie. fence for dogs before guest room maybe?} and focus on that. It’s nice to have fully finished rooms, trim and all, but you *can* live in a house without those things while still working on it {our bathroom, which we reno’d in December is still waiting for it’s trim} 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We closed at Easter and are 9 weeks from the wedding, so… not as bad.. however, I will say a LOT got put on hold to work on the house. To the extent that our caterer wasn’t booked until within the 6 month mark! 

 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yep, we did! I wouldn’t call us ‘crazy’ though, more like privelaged to not have to deal with living in an apartment first even if that means home improvements.

Have you put home-related items, gift cards, etc. on your registry? You might be pleasantly surprised when it comes to bridal shower gifts, etc!

We bought our house and it doesn’t have doors on any of the bedrooms — only the bathrooms! Plus, we’re making a completely new master bathroom and tearing down an old one. Our wedding is Oct. 2nd. So it’s quite a bit of work and not completely up to my HIGH standards of new siding on the outside, french bedroom door, kitchen island, etc, but that’s what’ll make it fun in the future when we have money from our wedding to spend on something lasting rather than blowing it on dumb sh!t or an apartment rent.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Haha yes we were crazy enough as well! We bought our house a month and a half before the wedding. Lets just say that we brushed our teeth/washed our hands in the kitchen at all times. No lights in the house were working so we had to get all of that fixed. We had to get the plumbing fixed because literally everything leaked. But to be honest, it was a nice distraction from the wedding stresses. It was stressful, but at the same time it was so exciting. We had fun fixing up the house together. After we got home from the honeymoon we redid the kitchen, did a lot of painting, put in a patio, etc. It was actually perfect timing because we used the money we got from the reception to go toward the honeymoon and the house.

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