Post # 1
Have waiting bees started to save money specifically for your wedding? My SO and I purchased a home last year, which knocked out most of our savings (we put a lot down and had to furnish the place). We spent this past year paying off all our other debt (student loans,cars,etc). We wanted to start our marriage debt free (outside of the mortgage). It was important to SO that we both pay things off before we get married bc he is an encore groom and money was a huge issue in his past marriage.
Now that we have accomplished this my SO is putting all of his would be savings every month towards a ring. I am saving a little bit every month for the wedding, but not enough!
I know a proposal is on the way, and am happy we are debt free, but i am concerned that we don’t have much saved yet for our wedding.
Im just curious how much a month waiting bees are saving, and/or how much you plan to have saved for the wedding by the time you get engaged. We will be paying for our wedding completely on our own.
Post # 3
I’m saving up money for the purpose of supporting myself if I have to take time off from work (long story). If I don’t have to do that, the money is going toward the wedding. I put away $250 each week and am up to $6,000.
Post # 4
i have my own savings for a random major thing that might come up. i can’t say it’s for the wedding before SO pops the question though.
Post # 5
Our budget is $30,000 so far we saved close to it after buying a new home doing our backyard reno it pushed us back just a tad.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
We are already married, but once we purchased our house we set aside $300/wk towards the wedding, that way we were able to book the venue & things early as well as deposits for other vendors, then whenever I had enough saved up to pay off a vendor I sent them the payment ASAP. All our vendors were paid in advance then I could focus the rest of our savings on what I wanted to do to decorate.
Post # 7
I’m engaged now, but back when I knew he had bought the ring, I thought maybe saving would be a good idea. I opened a new savings account and just dumped $5000 in there. I have it set up now to automatically transfer $1000 there every month too from my regular account, so I never forget.
Post # 8
Yep! Started saving a few months ago and already have £2k! Woo!
Post # 9
Thanks, ladies! I need to start saving! Weddings are so expensive!
Post # 10
Wow you guys are saving a lot!!! What with my student loan debt, rent, gas $$ and all, I usually but like $250 in a savings account a month, but that’s the same $ I then use for buying friends wedding gifts, trips I take (like Hawaii, which will be aobut $800 in November, etc) and there’s really never any ‘growth’ in the account. I keep hoping I’ll start actually saving for a wedding, but it’s impossible, even with a decent paying job. I’m impressed with you all!
Post # 11
Started saving pretty aggressively after getting a job. Personally I’m at 11k after a year, and saving $300-$400 each week. I’m grateful that both my SO and I do not have any debt. Living with parents helps me save even more. 🙂
Post # 12
We are already married but I’ll admit I didn’t save anything up for the wedding because I didn’t think I’d actually get married. Turns out my parents were already planning on paying for my wedding if I ever got married, so I lucked out. Of course, I didn’t find that out until I called them in tears two days after he proposed because I’d never thought I’d actually get married, had no money saved for it, and no idea of what I wanted to do and we only had four months to do it, hahaha.
I had other savings, but nothing earmarked for a wedding. I’d have gone to the courthouse and done it for cheap had my parents not picked up the tab.
Post # 13
@TeaJam: that’s wonderful!! I did the same, but spent it all on the house! I’m glad we have a lovely home and are otherwise debt free, but sometimes I worry where our wedding $ will come from… I don’t really want a long engagement.
Post # 14
We are hoping to save at least 500 per month for a year or so. We would like to contribute as much as we can since my parents will be helping out a lot.
Post # 15
I only have a part-time job right now, it pays pretty well, but it really only covers expenses and a small cushion for emergencies. Until I get another position to supplement it, I really can’t put much away. So jealous. 250 dollars A WEEK?!?! 1000/month? I wish I could save that much 🙁 We’re mid-twenties but still in grad school so we don’t own a home yet.. I honestly don’t know where any of the money will come from for LIFE. he’s still got school loan debt… gah…
Post # 16
@boardersarita: I know! I feel so “behind” !!