Post # 47
We work in Korea as ESL teachers so we don’t have to pay rent. Our families are paying for our plane tickets back to the US but we’re paying for eeeeverything else.
We save about a 1500-2000 dollars a month together for it on top of paying our loans.
Post # 48
Fiance and I are paying for it all ourselves. We both have good jobs and savings but neither of us want to go too crazy as we want tto save up for a future house and kids. We’ve both put a lump sum in a high interest account and are each saving $500 per month on top of that. Anything we have left over will hopefully go towards business class flights between Australia (where we live) and Ireland (where we’re both from & where were having the wedding). We’ll have about another year to save.
Post # 49
I work in accounting/finance so I’m a huge saver for everything I do in life. We don’t make a lot of money but we save a lot. It depends on your lifestyle and what you are willing to give up. Right now we are putting away close to $800 a month, there are two extra pays in a year so those go to the wedding fund, we live in Canada and get GST/HST cheques so those go towards the wedding, and we also put our tax returns towards the wedding!
We don’t buy clothes often, we never go out drinking, if we eat out it is a special occasion, we don’t have cable…it is what we have to do to have the wedding we want. We love to travel and spend thousands on a big vacation each year so were used to saving this much. Fiance would love to have more money each pay so hopefully we can take a break from saving soon!
Post # 50
We’re having about $2k automatically withdrawn from our paycheck each month to go toward the wedding… We will be all saved up for it a couple of months before then… 🙂
Post # 51
OP, a great way to make a little extra cash would be to sell your stuff to underclassmen before you graduate (before finals). You can have a “yardsale” in your room, take pics and send the list of items out to any underclassmen friends you have or make a FB event. If you have any furniture or a fridge, those usually sell pretty well. Fi actually worked commencement/reunion one year and picked up a lot of fridges that seniors just ended up throwing out. He cleaned them and stored them in a storage unit over the summer and sold them at the beginning of the next semester. He was able to sell them for $30-50 a fridge. If you’re worried about not having your fridge or furniture for the remaining time in the semester, you can “pre-sell” the items and have them pick up the items they paid for at the end of the semester.
Also go through your clothes and accessories and pick out stuff that you don’t or won’t wear any more. My friends and I used to get some great deals through buying from our senior friends and we made money by clearing out our closets at the end too. It’s like vintage or thrift shopping, but it’s happening in your room instead. You can even sell stuff from Forever 21, one friend sold a lot of her college clothes that she had bought from Forever 21. T-shirts were probably $2-5 and dresses were $10, and girls would buy them because it would save them the time and gas to travel to the mall to actually go to Forever 21. They actually sold pretty well because girls needed cheap party dresses to go out in and not worry about getting beer spilled on their clothes.
Post # 52
I am in a similar boat. my Fiance and I are both juniors in college. We will both have a year left of school when we get married. Right now, 50% of my paycheck goes into savings. He puts about 80% of his in savings. In the summer he works full time, but during the school year only like 15 hrs a week. I am also a Thirty-One consultant. My Commission check goes directly to savings. That has added up quickly 🙂 We both started something called the “52 week challenge” you can read about it here. That is how we are paying for our honeymoon. Good luck!
Post # 53
I am 25 and my fiance is 26 and in grad school. My parents are paying 2/3 of the wedding and his parents are paying the other 1/3.
Post # 54
We each save about $200 a month. Our wedding isn’t until 2015, so we have some time. Also, I make about $30 a month in Amazon giftcards from Swagbucks that I will use for DIY stuff, candles, favors, etc.
Post # 55
We have combined finances and own a house, so we currently put everything into the mortgage (we’re about $15k ahead) and will then redraw it as we need it for the wedding. He works full-time and I work part-time (still studying) – and as we’re Australian we’re lucky to not be saddled with exorbitant student debt.
We bought a small unit in an upcoming area, so our fortnightly repayments are about 30% of his take-home income. My income covers all of our food and other expenses, so the rest of his income is straight-up savings – we probably put away about $1k+ per month.
Post # 56
I am putting aside about $400-$500/month & more when I can swing it. Wedding is in May 2014 and we are currently remodeling a home as well so that it will be ready to move into. The budget is about $4000 not including the honeymoon. My parents are helping out some, but overall I’m planning on what I can afford on my own. FI’s funds are going towards the house, but hopefully he’ll be able to start contributing towards the wedding in a few more months. Ill be doing a lot of DIY!! 🙂
Post # 57
We’re a bit older at 26 and 27. We both work full time, had an 18 month long engagement and my parents are contributing 1/4 of the cost. We still had to stick to a budget (done in excel).
Post # 58
We married when we were in our mid-to-very-late 20s, and our engagement was 9 months. I was bringing home nearly $2k a month around that time – he considerably more – and we were probably putting away about $500 collectively for the wedding every month.
We also had a cheap wedding – less than $7k including our Honeymoon – because we couldn’t justify the expense for a day that’s over in a flash.
Post # 59
We are both saving $1k a month, so in 5 months our wedding will be paid for in full and aren’t getting married until April 2015. It also helps that our venue lets us pay in monthly installments so it’s not everything at once. And so does the resorts we’re going to for our honeymoon. 🙂
Post # 60
We’re trying to get $2000 saved a month. That being said, we’re also saving for a 20% deposit on a house loan, which is our priority. So we’re thinking early 2016 is when we can get married – I’ll be 25 and he’ll be 24 by that stage.
Post # 61
Technically, I’m paying more for the wedding than my fiance…but technically he paid a lot more for my e-ring. In the end, we will contribute about the same. We are paying for it all ourselves unless our parents offer any “gifts”.
Our wedding and reception dinner will actually only cost about $4500 (we are getting married on a beach in Maui and having a reception dinner with about 20 guests) But we are contributing towards a lot of our guests airfare and then, of course, our own accomodations and expenses….so our budget is closer to $20,000 for it all.