(Closed) HOW ARE YOU PAYING FOR YOUR WEDDING?

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  • Post # 106
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? My DH & me did

    2. What is your wedding budget? our budget was unrealistic, it was $5,000, spent over $18,000

    3. How are you paying? Cash only, everything was paid in full by the wedding day.

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? We had no real savings, but plenty of overtime and tax refund.

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? DIY decorations, groupon discounts for vendor & heavy hagglingly

     

     

    Post # 107
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Marquee - Private Property

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    christabel:  We’re having a marquee wedding on a semi-rural property too! As for toilets… the hunt for a nice wedding (and budget friendly) toilet led my fiance to find a huge hole in the market… so he had some manufactured! Soo we now own our wedding toilets :|. Complete with a full vanity, proper benchtops, ceramic fittings and a huge mirror.

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    Your budget is sitting fairly close to mine, except mine includes everything except the honeymoon.

    Post # 108
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    Sugar bee

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    MissTravelbug:  get out! That’s amazing! You’ll easily make your money back if you choose to rent them out afterwards 

    Post # 109
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Marquee - Private Property

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    christabel:  He’s already got 13 bookings before our wedding! He’s a good business man haha!

    Post # 110
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? Me, my parents, inlaws, some from fiance

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget? Originally it was 12-13k. We are closer to 16k which does not include a honeymoon.

    3. How are you paying? (Cash, credit cards, loan?) Cash. If we need a bit on creditcards we will.

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck) Taking $200-300 from each pay and putting it into separate account. Also taking it from income tax return.

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? (cutting guest list, all inclusive wedding package, vendor connections, etc) Connections, cutting guest list and an all-inclusive package (cake, honeymoon suite, dj, centrepieces, open bar, food and linens all included in price), watching deals online for sales, getting a sample dress at a sale, etc

     

    Post # 111
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    Wannabee

    My dad said he will pay for our honeymoon. We haven’t had that conversation with my mum or his parents yet, but as it stands now we have budgeted $25,000 and are prepared to pay that ourselves. 

    Post # 112
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Mine is at around $32k as of now. Fiance and I are paying most of it with some help from my mom. His parents are hoping to contribute next year. We planned our wedding far enough in advance that we would be able to carry the majority if not all of balance for the wedding by ourselves.

    Post # 113
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? Future In-Laws paying 3K (they say it’s for reception costs only tho) so anything non-reception is coming from us.

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget?  5K (this includes the gifted 3K).  Hoping to stay right at it or under…  gonna be tough /:  We’re willing to go to 6K if we have the wedding in Oct next year because that gives us more time to save.

    3. How are you paying? We’re paying cash..   dunno what the Future In-Laws are paying with.

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck) We’re going to be setting aside $200 a month until the date of the wedding (shooting for Oct 2016).  We’re in a tough situation right now because my mother is jobless and disabled but she doesn’t yet qualify for disability and she’s not old enough for SS so we have to pay her rent and electric which is about $750-800 a month.  Money we could be SAVING for our wedding but can’t because she takes advantage of us ):  That’s another story tho…  we gotta put our foot down in a year at max.  I’ve been helping her over 3 years /:

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? (cutting guest list, all inclusive wedding package, vendor connections, etc)  Cutting guest list, thinking of having a park wedding or renting a house (that way we can have a friend cater and another friend serve the alcohol instead of using other expensive vendors who don’t allow outside catering), we have a friend who’s a professional photog who might be helping us out.

     

    And yes, it does include the honeymoon!  We don’t know yet how we’re gonna make it work lol seeing as how it seems like the stuff we need to buy already equals 2K or a little more /:  But Fiance is a cruise travel agent so we may be able to get a really good rate on a cruise honeymoon.  Sometimes they offer travel agents as low as like…  $300-400 TOTAL including taxes and fees for BOTH of us for a 5 day cruise!

    Post # 114
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    Newbee

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

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget?
    No specific budget, but I’d like to keep it all under 4k aud (except honeymoon)

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

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck)
    No particular plan, just going from our regular savings

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? (cutting guest list, all inclusive wedding package, vendor connections, etc)
    Nil, it’s just a tiny and very simple wedding and we’re skipping a lot of details that most people think are important. Just a simple ceremony and private dinner.

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon?
    Nope, that’ll be another 7-8k (also paid by us), which we didn’t mind splurging on because its our first overseas holiday together

    Post # 115
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We paid about $50k for our wedding.

    Our parents contributed $13000.

    We saved $600 per week for a year & used $10k we already had in savings.

    We paid cash for everything.

    It was my dream wedding & I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

    Post # 116
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016 - The Burgundy Basin

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

    We are saving for the total cost of our wedding. Both parents have offered to pitch in to the total amount, but incase they cannot afford to pitch in, we will have it covered. If they can pitch in, We’ll just have extra for our honeymoon. 

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget? At first our budget was 5000.. unfortunately it’s looking more like it will hit around 10k. 

    3. How are you paying? (Cash, credit cards, loan?) We are paying cash for everything that we get.

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck) Each week for the year that we have remaining, we will put at minimum 200 into our joint savings account. So far we’re at 2300/10000 with 50 weeks left to go. :]

    4. What budgeting tricks are you using? (cutting guest list, all inclusive wedding package, vendor connections, etc) We are going with an all inclusive package at our vendor for food, bar, cake, centerpieces along with having the ceremony there as well.

     

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon? Our budget does not include the honeymoon.. I’m expecting 2-3k for that alone.

    Post # 117
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

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

    We budgeted with teh plan to pay ourselves, but my parents surprised us with a rather generous amount of money to help (more than 50%.. in fact close to 100% of pre-honeymoon cost).

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

    $25k & hah nope.  We’ll be at least 500 over, assuming no more hidden costs pop up.

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

    Cash (though we pay through our CC to get points, but we pay it off immediately)

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

    We spend as if we make 40k combined, and well… we make a lot more than that.  FI is a hotshot programmer in the Silicon Valley, to give you a ballpark idea of how much we can save in a year.

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

     We are going with a novice DJ, which in Seattle is $1k rather than $2.5-5k, I’m using my mothers old wedding ring, I’m buying my dress 2nd hand most likely (and def. selling mine afterwards, though I haven’t put in my budget the money I might get “back” so that would just be an added bonus).. doing a bunch of DIY stuff including stationary.. booking honeymoon via hotwire.com and using travel points (from aforementioned CC)

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon?

     Yep.

     

    Post # 118
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    Helper bee

    1. Who is paying for the wedding? Us and our parents; We are saving the cost of the wedding, my parents provided about a 1/4th of the budget and SO’s parents are providing the rehearsal dinner and helping to create welcome bags. Everyone seems to want a project. We couldn’t be more grateful.

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget? Our budget is $40k and I am certainly hoping to come in under! We budgeted for the maximum our venue could hold so will likely come in under if people can’t make it.

    3. How are you paying? (Cash, credit cards, loan?) We are paying cash for everything and refuse to go into debt for the wedding. 

    4. What is your savings plan and how are you sticking to it? We are taking a fixed amount from each paycheck and putting it into a savings account for wedding expenses and generally trying to cut back on unnecessary expenses. 

    5. What budget tricks are you using? We chose a venue with limited seating so we had to make hard invite decisions early and couldn’t add on more people even if we wanted. The venue also comes with a lot of greenery and decore that we don’t have to pay for. It’s BYO so we’re saving a ton on alcohol and can return any unopened bottles after the wedding. We cut back on florals (bridesmaids are having flower crowns instead of bouquets, my bouquet is being repurposed for the reception, using a lot of moss, greenery and candles instead of expensive flowers), I bought my gown online at bestbridalprices.com after finding it in a store and loving it so I got a free veil and headpiece, did save the dates via paperless post which were really pretty and $25 total, will do paper invites from minted.com for ~$250 with online RSVPs which saves on invite costs and postage, and I’m DIY’ing taper candle holders from the dollar store with some spray paint so they will be a buck each instead of $10-20 each.

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon? Nope. Doesn’t include honeymoon or wedding rings. 

    Post # 119
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

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

    We are paying for the entire thing ourselves. We are a little older, have a home and good careers etc..

    2. What is your wedding budget? Are you hoping to come in under budget? We originally thought we’d spend about $5k having a simple beach wedding but after we found a venue we loved and did our guest list we revised that budget to be about $7500. That doesn’t include rings or the honeymoon.

    3. How are you paying? (Cash, credit cards, loan?) Cash but we are using credit cards then paying them off because it’s a good opportunity to get lots of miles!

    3. What is your savings plan & how are you sticking to it? (i.e each take from weekly paycheck) We have our pay all going into our checking and savings as always but we are using our savings to pay those cards off each month.

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

     I found a dress that was not too expensive (BHLDN), I put together our invitations and most of all, my friends are an incredible group of talented women. One is a graphic designer, one is a wedding planner and florist (she’s putting together our flowers for free and I’m hiring her assistant as DOC for just $20 an hour), one is a photographer. All of them are giving us their services- just so amazing.

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon?

     Nope. We are just going on a short cruise after the wedding. We’ve already paid for it.

     

    Post # 120
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2017

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

    Fiance and I are paying for the wedding.

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

    Wedding budget is $50,000 for 400 guest; we don’t think we’ll come in under budget.

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

    Cash

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

    Fiance is putting away $500 per month and I’m putting away $300 per month (75% of the guestlist is from him and his family… I come from a very small family and he comes from a very big one). This will go into a joint account. We’ll have just under $20,000 by the time of our wedding. We also are good savers individually. We’ll be taking money from our house funds to pay for the wedding. We are Vietnamese and the wedding gifts will come back in cash… which we’ll use to replenish the house funds. We know we won’t be able to replenish all of the expenses, but we’re hoping to get back $30,000 back.

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

    Vendor connections for photography and videography… and believe it or not, we DID cut down the guestlist!  

    Also, does your wedding budget include the honeymoon?

    Wedding budget does not include the honeymoon or my wedding dress.

     

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