How long did you plan? 10 weeks
Did you open a wedding fund? More like a wedding account. We were both working full time, so we opened a joint savings account with our bank and would deposit as much as we could during our super short engagement. Both Darling Husband and I had a good chunk of savings that we both put into the “wedding account”.
Did you have to sacrifice anything to save that amount of $? If so, what were those sacrifices? Honestly, we didn’t have to sacrifice much. We got pretty lucky. I was going to school on a scholarship, living at home, and working full time. He was leaving for a short military patrol right away, so his paychecks just collected over 8 weeks. We both gave up a bit from our savings, but day-to-day life wasn’t affected terribly.
What were your money saving strategies? Well, for me, it was not buying all the “extras” during daily life. A cute top, a few coffees, some lunches, and a dinner every week really do add up! He didn’t have a chance to spend much money underway.
How much did your wedding end up costing? Total, probably around $10,500.
We weren’t planning on having an “open bar” at the reception/dinner because we didn’t have enough money saved for it, but a few days before the wedding, my parents told us that they were going to pay for the reception dinner with the open bar ($4000) as a gift. So again, we got pretty lucky and used the money we saved for our cross-country move and delayed honeymoon.
So technically, we planned and saved to pay for the entire wedding. We were about $1000 short of the final bill due to the open bar. If we didn’t have the open bar and my parents didn’t gift us the reception and open bar, we would have been able to pay for it ourselves.
Not too bad for some 22 year olds!!