(Closed) HOW ARE YOU PAYING FOR YOUR WEDDING?

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  • Post # 91
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    Buzzing bee

    Our budget is $20,000.00 which is about average for our area. This is not including the dress. We will be paying for it 100% ourselves. We have over a year and a half to prepare for it so we are planning to pay things off bit by bit. We’re hiring a lot of things but with the others I will be DIYing, and looking out for sales. We are already set on themes, and layouts and stuff like that so we know what to look out for and we’ll collect as we go. For instance, we are going to have chandelier vases as the centrepieces on the tables so as soon as we see a business having a sale with a great deal, we will buy as many as we need and put them in the garage so they’re safe and ready for when the florist needs them.

    We MIGHT end up using the credit card for last minute things but that is the last resort. We both make decent money so it should al work out.

    Post # 92
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015 - City, State

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? Both our parents were generous enough to give us about $5000 each! We are also paying for the rest of wedding.

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget?

    Our initial budget was $15000 which was to include the honeymoom. But once we started to actually plan the wedding we moved the budget up to $25000. After everything is said and done, it will have cost us about $32000! So we went over budget.

    3. How are you paying? We are putting everything on our credit card, but we have the cash in our bank account. We want those cash reward and air miles points!!

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? We live off my paychecks, and the stipend and work money FH gets goes straight to savings. 

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? Since we are getting married on a Monday, almost all our vendors have offered us a discount which is nice, except photography and videography.  

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon? yes! 

     

     

    Post # 93
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Family Farm and hall -- small town

    My Fiancé and I are both 31. I am a stay at home mom, he is a grain farmer and in the winter he is a pipe fitter. We just moved into a brand new home that we built and we are paying for our wedding which is in August 2015 with cash… Yes a stressful year! :O Both of our parents told us after we had started planning they are each giving us $5000. Our wedding is around 300 people and our budget is $25,000-$30,000; and no that doesn’t include our honeymoon. 

    Post # 94
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? (you, parents, in laws, other)

    We are paying for the wedding. My mom paid for my dress and offer $3,000. MFIL offered us some money but we don’t the amount, so we still waiting. 

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget?

    Ourbudget is $25,000 but we are hoping to come under our budget.

    3. How are you paying? (Cash, credit cards, loan?)

    We are paying cash. Fi and I don’t want to start our new life in debt.

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck)

    Fi and I had a long engagement in order to save and we could have the wedding we desire. We did not touch our income tax return for the past 3 years, every paycheck we would deposit up to 500 in the wedding fun if permitted. 

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? (cutting guest list, all inclusive wedding package, vendor connections, etc)

    we cut down our guest list. No children. If you are a friend or a family member whom haven’t been part in our lives you are automatically cut. 

    Booking our vendors early and paying cash. For example we went with less expensive flower. We cut down the food from our cocktail our. instead of getting married at the church we getting married at our venue. I am doing a lot of Diy, I found a great make up artist who work for sephora  on IG who is only charging me $100 for the day $70 for my bridesmaids. 

     

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon? 

    We are hoping it does but we don’t know yet. 

     

     

    Post # 95
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    My parents are paying for the majority of the wedding, and my Fiance and I will contribute approx $10,000. When everything is paid for, we will probably have had a wedding that cost approx $35,000, but def under $40,000. My parents are paying on credit so they can get the points on their card, then my dad will just transfer the money onto the card and pay it immediately. My Fiance and i plan to do the same. Pay our $10,000 or so on credit and then pay it off right away. We are going to be having a really big wedding because of the massive size of FIs family, and my parents and my philosophy is this only happens once, so let’s do it how i dream of having it. Of course if they couldn’t afford to pay the majority our budget would be waaay less lol. Fiance and I are saving money every week to pay for our portion. It automatically comes out and is put into savings.

    Post # 96
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? (you, parents, in laws, other)<br /><br />

    My parents are paying for the majority of the wedding, but my fiance and I are paying for some of the costs as well. 

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget?<br />My parents gave us $10k and right now I think our wedding will only be $9.1k

    3. How are you paying? (Cash, credit cards, loan?)<br />They are paying with checks/cash. No loans are being taken out! 

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck)

    Half of one of my paychecks each month is going towards wedding costs. 

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? (cutting guest list, all inclusive wedding package, vendor connections, etc)

    My mother and her friends are arranging all of our flowers, we’re not serving alcohol, and our wedding is on a Friday, but that was actually due to being double-booked.  

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon?

    Nope! My fiance and I are paying for that on our own, but I actually had some credit with Delta so my flight to Cancun is free! 

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    Post # 97
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    Blushing bee

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? (you, parents, in laws, other) Boyfriend and I with $5000.00 from my mom.

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget? Our budget is $19,000.00 but really $20,000.00. I am praying I come under budget (buts its not very likely.)

    3. How are you paying? (Cash, credit cards, loan?) Cash and credit cards

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck) I have been saving anything that is not a bill or monthly expense and putting it towards the wedding. I downloaded this budgeting app Goodbudget that is helping me keep on track. Boyfriend already had a lot saved.

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? (cutting guest list, all inclusive wedding package, vendor connections, etc) We booked a vendor that does in house service, so they also provide the catering, floral, decor and lighting and it was all pretty reasonable. 

    The wedding budget does not include a honeymoon for us. 🙂

    Post # 98
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Marquee - Private Property

    Okay – bear in mind that everythingin Aus is far more expensive that the US/Canada and that the Australian dollar is currently worth 77c USD, so I am speaking in AUD unless otherwise stated. We also own our home :).

    1. Who is paying for the wedding?

    We are paying for our wedding. My parents have said they will contribute some money, but I felt bad in case their financial position changed between our engagement and wedding. So we have budgeted and planned to pay the entire amount and anything they help us with we will be able to use for the honeymoon or to replenish our savings :).

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget?

    Our wedding budget is approximately $40,000AUD (US $30,886) and we are currently coming in just under budget and are hoping to further reduce that. We have been engaged for 8 months and have currently saved/paid in deposits $23,000+.

    3. How are you paying?

    Cash – our full amount will be paid prior to the wedding. We will not be going into any debt for our wedding.

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it?

    We save a clear $500 a week minimum and will also add our tax refunds into our savings in June (end of financial year). We have a four bedroom & 2 bathroom house and until the wedding we have a couple renting the room downstairs to help us save, and my sister boards too. We can’t wait to live solo!

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using?

    Budgeting tricks? Hmm. Lots of foliage instead of flowers – shaved a LOT off my quote :).

     

     

     

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    Post # 99
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    Helper bee

    We are both pretty traditional and so are our families. My husband is an only child and his parent’s are pretty well off so they paid for a lot of the wedding. I am the oldest and the first one to get married in my family so my parent’s also contributed a lot to give us the wedding of our dreams. We met in college and got married 3 months after we graudated. My parent’s said they had a $10,000 budget but they went over by a couple thousand. My in-laws never specified a budget and neither did we. Here’s how all of the costs were divided based on who volunteered for these things. I think it covers everything but I don’t have exact costs only estimates. 

    Bride’s parent’s paid for: 2/3 wedding dress, garter and bridal undergarments, bridal shoes, unity candle, reception venue, catering, limited bar, favor boxes, honeymoon resort, cake cutter, toasting champagne flutes, bridal shower, bridesmaids hotel room, seating chart, card box

    Groom’s parent’s paid for: engagement party, Groomsmen suits, 1/3 wedding dress, wedding dress preservation and cleaning, rehearsal dinner, flowers, photography, cake, limo, groomsmen hotel rooms, bride & groom hotel room

    Bride paid for: Bridesmen suits, Bridesmen gifts, Bridesmaids gifts, Parent’s gifts, Groom’s gift, wedding dress alterations, bridal hair, bridesmaid’s hair, flower girl’s hair, uplighting, projector screen, 1/2 videography, bubbles, candy, postage, DJ, personalized engagement photo guest book

    Groom paid for: His own suit, Groomsmen gifts, Bride’s gift, bridal jewelry, ceremony venue, officiant, ceremony musician, cocktail hour sushi/champagne/edamame, ceremony programs, table cards, 1/2 videography, save the dates, invitations, personalized return address rubber stamp, honeymoon flight, honeymoon food, honeymoon activities, marriage license, wedding rings

    Bridesmaids paid for: Their own dresses, bachelorette party

    Groomsmen paid for: Their own flights, bachelor party

    Post # 100
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    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? me and Fiance

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget? originally it was 5k, then went up to about 7k, and the honeymoon included will bring it up to aroun 10000 – 11000.

    3. How are you paying? Savings

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? We have a lot saved already as we were already saving for our house when we decided to get married, so we have been using that without dipping into any of our emergency fund, and we put away as much each week as we can for both the wedding and the house which ends uparound 3k every month, so by the time the wedding comes round and the house is on its way, which is when we will be paying majoriuty of the costs, we will have more than enough.

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? We went with an all inclusive and we only have 40 guests, our very nearest and dearest. I am also DIYing a lot of it, and I did hair for a while so I will probably do our hair and another friend is doing the makeup.

    I am also buying the flowers whoelsale and arranging them myself, which saved a lot, and we hired a photographer who was up and coming and videographer who was a student that we trusted so we got those pretty cheap too. 

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon? the honeymoon is 3k ontop of the approximate 7k we will end up spending once all is said and done on the actual day.

     

    Post # 101
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    Sugar bee

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    MissTravelbug:  OMG aren’t things more expensive in Australia? im in sydney and it simultaneously freaks me out and astounds me what girls in the US are able to get things for! Catering is the one that really blows my mind. Our catering alone will probably be $10K for our 85 guests. 

    Post # 102
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? (you, parents, in laws, other) We are, with a $10,000 payment made by my parents towards it.

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget? $40,000 AUD which is the equivalent of about $30,000 USD or a bit more. We will go over by a bit I think, as we still need spending money for our honeymoon.

    3. How are you paying? (Cash, credit cards, loan?) Savings and might end up getting a small loan towards the day, to be paid off quite fast.

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck) Fiance and I have all shared accounts and we both earn pretty good money. As it stands, not owning a house yet, my entire paycheck goes in to savings and his covers all of our expenses/bills/spending money.

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? (cutting guest list, all inclusive wedding package, vendor connections, etc) None, really.

     

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon? Yes, 2 weeks in Fiji, 2 weeks in Hawaii, 3 weeks in Mauritius.

     As you can tell, we decided to go ALL OUT. We did this because we have not had a holiday in years and decided we really wanted to just go crazy as we will be TTC straight afterwards pretty much. 

    Post # 103
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Boston Museum of Science

    1. Fiance and I are paying but both families are helping with some things (my mom buying my dress, his parents paying for some of their friends coming to the wedding that we don’t know personally).

    2. Our budget is about $45k. Our venue & catering is already booked & totals $27k. 

    3. 100% cash. 

    3. Our engagement will be about 2 years long to give us time to save for it. We’re funneling all our tax return money & work bonuses into the wedding fund.

    4. Not using any tricks. We honestly want this to be a day that we remember forever. We’ve picked everything that we loved and we’re so excited to share it with our friends & family. 

     

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon? Our budget does not include the honeymoon but we aren’t worried about that. I have a lot of good websites to use for travel so I am going to plan it. 

     

    Post # 104
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Marquee - Private Property

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    christabel:  I know!! I wish we could do it for a comparable price but it’s just not possible! I’m so glad I have another bee who feels the same haha!

    Post # 105
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    Sugar bee

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    MissTravelbug:  it’s helpful to be part of such an active forum but it does make me doubt the quotes I get much more than if I was comparing to Aussie brides. 

    Anyways, here are my answers:

    1. us. His parents have offered to pay for the alcohol and we’re lucky enough to be able to host it on their property in a beautiful semi rural location

    2. $40K AUD for the event. That does not included what I consider to be non-event items such as my dress, accessories, hair and make up which I will pay for myself, or the honeymoon. I am hoping to bring it in at under that but having a home wedding is expensive as there is lots of hire equipment needed – everything from a generator to toilets. 

    3. We’re lucky enough to be able to pay with cash.

    3. 20 month engagement which we will use to keep accumulating savings but could have the cash now if needed

    4. The biggest lever i have to pull is catering and short of cutting numbers, and we can’t seem to get below 80, we won’t make much difference there. We won’t have wedding cars, we’re investing in a more expensive caterer who does food styling so we won’t have to decorate as much 

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon? nope. we have seperate savings for this

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