Post # 17
FH and I are both in college, he works on the weekends and I work part time. We are only paying for the honeymoon and plan to buy a house in the next few months. I put 20% of my paycheck into a savings for the honeymoon fund. He has a decent savings which will be for our down payment. I’m trying to keep everything cheap, which is hard with 350 people. But we will just have a smaller honeymoon budget, prolly 3k, which is fine I’d rather have the house! lol
Post # 18
I am finishing up my masters program this month actually and am not working because I am interning to gain hours towards my license. My fi does not make much money, but we are trying to put away between 150-300 a month into a special savings account. We are using our tax return, and used ours this year for the deposit on our venue and catering. Thankfully fi gets a lot of $$ as presents, and before our wedding he will have two bdays, a christmas, and another tax return so I think we will be okay. I am hoping to get a job soon so I can start saving more. But for the most part we have deposits or have paid off most of everything, OH and fi’s parents have offered to give us 1-2k towards the wedding (don’t really know when that will be, but hoping to use part of that towards the liquor).
And the reason why we chose May 2014 is because we wanted to be able to save and have the wedding we really want 🙂
Post # 19
We are putting aside about 200-250 a week, relying heavily on our tax return and tuition reimbursements from work and our parents are both contributing a little.
Post # 20
Also, one thing that surprised me is how much making deposits and stuff helps us to “save” the money, you know? I am putting in the deposit on my venue, photographer, and my dress within the next two months so its a really great feeling to know that almost a quarter of my wedding will be like totally paid for within the next few weeks. Its also easy to know that I have to keep my savings in my savings account or else i won’t be bale to make my deposits on time and stuff like that cause let me tell you my Fiance and I are not awesome at saving.
Post # 21
Fiance and I looked at the base rate we receive without any overtime or anything extra at work. Just our bare minimum paychecks. That’s what we used when we were budgeting for our living expenses when we moved in together, which allows us to pay all of our bills and continue our separate savings. So now, anything that we make over that goes into a joint savings that will be used for the wedding as well as a house. So bascially, we’re paying for our wedding with overtime.
Post # 22
FI’s job is partially commission. We can live quite comfortably on our base salaries, so the commisions have been going towards things like vacations and remodeling. Now they are all going towards the wedding! So we should be able to save enough without really affecting our lifestyle.
Post # 23
It was hard in the beginning to save but towards the last 4 months we save $700/week. We make about even with our take home pay but we use all of his money for bills, loans, and living expenses and all of my money each week goes into savings. We did move and started renting a house for $600 a month so that helped us out a lot. We just know that all of our hard work isn’t forever it’s only until the wedding then we can slow down a bit.
Post # 24
We’re having a really simple wedding, so it won’t cost much that we don’t already have (seemed easier to spend less than to save up at this point), and I’m trying to buy mostly things that can be re-used before/after the wedding to decrease the impact of the cost, and collecting them over time so it’s less of a burden. I save money by hardly buying anything, lol! I’ve been in the habit of doing that for a while though, after going through a few periods of being flat broke it becomes automatic kind of
Post # 26
As of right now, we are on our own in paying for our wedding. Hoping things will change and our parents will help us. We have kids so it has been really hard for us to save money monthly. Just the payments on our venue are 230 a month. We both work full time and I recently got a second job. I hope we will be able to have all the money saved by next year.
Post # 27
Our June 2014 wedding including the Honeymoon is $17k. So far we’ve ‘saved’ (spent towards the wedding) $7k. For the remaining amount we are going to use our tax return next year and save about $400/month.
Post # 28
FH and I are paying for our November 2013 wedding ourselves. My amazing parents bought me two GORGEOUS gowns and all My accessories, and are helping everywhere they can, but both are getting new businesses off the ground and money is tight. and his are not happy with us.(long story) We got engaged in October of 2011 and started saving immediately. we have paid roughly $12k towards our 30k wedding. Most of it we have taken from life savings, in addition to each of us putting about $100 a week from our paychecks into our “wedding account”. We also got a 0% APR cc for 24 months for the deposits we made that required credit cards, (which is also almost paid off) so i guess after factoring that in, we are about 50% paid. We both have some left in our savings, and I am in the process of selling a horse, so when she goes the rest of the venue will be paid off. Which leaves us with rougly $10,000 owed. We are saving about $100 a week each and pay $300 a month towards our home( parents own house, we are paying them off) , so we have relatively low cost of living, but needless to say I am still worried about how we’re going to pull it off in time. Thinking maybe a home equity loan? I really hate loans but I am getting so nervous! November is coming fast! I expected to have WAY more paid by now but our budget has nearly doubled thanks to FH parents adding to guest list. Not a problem, we love family more than anything, but we are not made of money and would like to start our marriage off on the right “financial foot”
Post # 29
We’ve been paying for our wedding expenses in chunks, as we get money. Luckily we have vendors who have been pretty flexible about that.
Post # 30
@msbriezyb: We are using already existing savings, which I’m not thrilled about. A dedicated wedding fund sounds like a good idea. I’m always sad to see big chunks of my money vanish though, lol.
Post # 31
I graduated college May of 2012 and Fiance graduated May of 2011. We are paying for the entire wedding ourselves and have will be spending approximately $14,500. I started my career in June and got a large sign on bonus and I have been saving at least $1,000 per month. Fiance has been saving about $400/month as he has more school loans than I do. Our wedding is next weekend and we will end the day with no wedding debt!