Post # 1
I’m curious to see if other bees made money from their wedding (gifts) or was it a wash?
The Fiance and I will be fronting a lot of our own money for the wedding. We aren’t sure what to expect for gifts but we are hoping for it all to wash out.
Post # 3
I don’t think we’ll even get half of what we spent, but that wasn’t our intentions for a wedding. Neither of us went to our high school proms or anything grand and wonderful, so we figured $6K on our wedding will make up for lost times! Lol
Post # 4
Most people I know have made at least half back. Some all. Is cash/check the norm in your social circle/area?
Post # 5
Not even close to a profit!
Post # 6
We were negative. Hoped for a wash but we were way off.
Post # 7
@heather25: Cash/check is usually the norm.
We are in the process of buying a home and most of our money is going toward the downpayment of the home. We still have to pay for the florist, photographer, the wedding bands, and any other little misc. item.
We are screwed.
Post # 8
Are you having a wedding for the gifts?
Post # 9
Oh WOW, a profit would never have crossed my mind. Do people actually get so much money in gifts it covers their wedding? That’s kind of amazing. I would be surprised if we got 1/3 of what we’ll spend in cash.
Post # 10
Profit??? We spent $35K and probably got about $2K in cash and gifts (not including my parents’ gifts) , so obviously not even close. Is that even possible?
Post # 11
Depends on what is the norm in your family and friends.
We did make a profit on our wedding but that is largely due to very generous gifts from my immediate family.
We always joke if we had the wedding closer to his side 75% of my side would not have come and we would be broke a$$es. Don’t get me wrong we did not spend more on the wedding than we had. But it’s nice that we have breathing room now.
And no, that had nothing to do with why we had the wedding closer to my side!
P.S. It’s VERY common in Chinese weddings to make a profit.
Post # 13
We got probably somewhere between 20-25% of what we spent back (and that was cash/check and the value of gifts combined). Do not go into the wedding with any expectation of making money (or even having it come out in the wash). It in all likelihood will NOT happen.
Post # 14
The average amount of money I have hear of people getting in cash this area is about $10K. We got about twice that, but his entire family and most of our friends gave us cash instead of “boxed gifts”
And, no, I did not have a wedding to get gifts. That’s just silly. I am shaking my head at that comment – annoying
Post # 15
I guess it depends on your circle but I’ve known some older women that made profits (the parents paid for the entire event)
I’m just curious how things turned out for other couples.
Post # 16
I thought I should clarify. We had very genourous guests and I’m sure we did better than most. Our guests covered their plates, which is the standard expectation where I am from. However, the venue and food was only about 30% of what we spent. All that other stuff really racks up.