(Closed) Finances affecting anyone else?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

That never changes. After the wedding is the house…then the baby…then your savings…it just never ends. If you find yourself a money tree, I want a piece of it so I can plant my own =]

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2005

and you have to be careful and not say "screw it, let’s just put it all on our credit cards."   A friend of mine did this 5 years and they’re still trying to pay it off.   Fight the urge …. fight the urge ….

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

how about limit your guests, or do DIY

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

omg yes don’t do that!!! That’s always a bad idea

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It depends on what kind of wedding you want.

I read posts here of people pulling it off for $1000

If being married is the most important thing, you can probably do it with all the paperwork for $100. If you want photographers, that will add $ unless you have friends that love taking photos and you can recruit them and then process the files yourselves (we actually are requesting the RAW files as it will save serious $$$ and time to process the photos ourselves). Maybe a friend that plays music, don’t ask for gifts but rather see what you pull off with a help from friends. Or plan it over the 4th of July, people are probably already barbecuing so maybe you don’t have to feed them, just bring a cake, and maybe you splurge on this.

I think there are a lot of places in a wedding to save $ if you really want to have a more DIY affair.

And how much do you want to spend on a ring? if this is a major concern, I would say, a little band is better than none at all. And someday, if you really want and can afford a crazy ring, well then, good, but saving $15,000 just for an engagement ring and putting the whole wedding on hold is only going to be frustrating.

I will share that I think the FH and I did a pretty sly job of planning our wedding and I think we also got off fairly easily. I have no idea what our wedding band cost is about to be, but I think I get the mold and the cost from the jeweler next week.

We didn’t really have a choice where we got married. We aren’t together in any one place except Kuwait for very long and finding a Christian Celebrant that could marry us there was probably entirely unrealistic. So, we are in Australia in June, so we planned a wedding for Australia. Tickets were purchased last year without the wedding even being a plan.

So, I am just sharing our costs and it is all in AU, which is about $.75 to the USD

Venue -$700

Celebrant – $400

Bagpiper – $200

Photographers – $500

Dress – um, this is a gift to myself and it cost more than anything else on the list.

But let’s just say for good measure, all this for $1,800

I had girlfriends willing to sale me their dresses and some girlfriends just wanting me to wear their dresses. So, don’t think that you need more money. 

It’s always best to do what you have with what you’ve got.

I don’t feel like we had to scrimp anywhere. I got everything, and I mean everything I wanted…I am marrying the most perfect man for me, all the other stuff is really just stuff.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Good to see someone else is in the same boat we are! Our budget sits at right about US$2000. Getting married in Austin seems to mean we are going to pay a bit more than we could get away with elsewher, but we still feel like 2k is a decent budget to get what we want without breaking the bank.

Set a number FIRST. Then determine which things take precedence over the others. Either way, at the end of the day yo are still marrying the man you love 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’d certainly say for $6K you should be able to pull it off.

Does this include rings? and bridesmaid dresses?

I am just curious as I’ve planned a wedding free of bridal party. I can’t even imagine much more planning.

It sounds like you should be able to pull it off.

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes, typically they buy them themselves. But if you’re having a 6K wedding, I wouldn’t lean towards anything *too* expensive. If you’re budget friendly, chances are they are too.

But, you know, if they buy their bridesmaid dresses, you’re still supposed to get them a gift somewhat comprable to the dress cost or at least representative. In lieu of this, I gave my girls their dresses. Something to consider!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think $6K is very doable. My sister did it for $6K for with 200 guests. 

Listen honey we all have some sort of finance issues when it comes to planning a wedding. I found out almost a month before we got engaged that my Fiance had taken a 10K pay cut. First off, we were thankful he still had a job but that was a huge hit for him especially since he was already underpaid for his experience in the IT industry. So we made some compromises for the wedding but am still making it our own. I am paying for most of our wedding expenses and he puts in whatever he can and whenever he can and I am absolutely OK with that because our life does not evolve around this wedding. Also, we are doing this all without credit. The only time we use our credit is when we purchase online or get cash back but the expenses are paid off immediately. As the other ladies mentioned do not use credit… You want to live without debt after the wedding!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Our budget was at 3000.00, but I was informed that my office would be closing in 2 months so not sure what we are going to do now, still kind of shell shocked from that announcement. We might be cutting back even more on the budget now, but at least I’ll get to marry my guy!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Money is always a big concern…if you wait for everything for the rest of you life, to be financially stable, you wont accomplish near what you would otherwise.

Sometimes sacrifices need to made, sometimes expectations need to be adjusted.  I think you should do what you can to get married sooner rather than later–if you’re amotionally ready.  Money problems never go away–but they shouldn’t always get in the way! 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Planning on a tight budget is so hard and then I look at it like, this is only one day, we still need a house and all of that stuff.. it gets really frustrating every once in a while, we are trying to save as much as we can, but all I feel like doing these past couple days is spending money on new clothes and stuff for the honeymoon. I told Fiance other night lets just forget the whole thing and drive around in the limo eating our wedding cake instead! haha

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