(Closed) How much did you have saved for your wedding when starting planning?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4381 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Me personally? Zip. Nada. My parents are footing the bill for the whole thing.

I wish we, as a couple, would/had started a POST wedding fund/savings.

Post # 4
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had zero too. His parents chipped in 25%, my parents put in another 25% and Fiance and I saved the remaining 50% during our engagement – but we had 14 months to save and one year before the wedding I got a new job with a raise that made saving really easy.


Post # 5
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had zero at the beginning, but we were also planning on a 2+ year engagement.  Figured out what we were getting from my parents and his parents and worked on saving the rest.  We’ll need to save about $10K by the spring to cover everything.

Post # 6
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We had nothing to start with, but we started saving after a few months of back and forth on what we would do, and both MIL’s have given some money, but not much. We have a budget of $5k, and believe me, it can be done. You can save that amount and you can throw a gorgeous wedding with it. I think that the crafty, lower budget weddings in the blogs are the prettiest, most sincere weddings. 

Post # 7
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

We had… oh let’s see here… Zero dollars… and zero cents. Embarassed

I just bought stuff when we got paid. In the end we spent a total of about $1500, and had no debt or long-term savings spent on anything. I feel great about that.

Post # 10
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010


I’ve got a little saved and he does too.  We’re fine w/everything as of now.  We’re having a small yet elegant affair!

Post # 11
2716 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

haha we have nothing. But, the church is free b/c I’m a member, the reception site/catering is pretty cheap, & the photographer’s going to be bartering w/ the FI-he’ll do construction work on her studio & she’ll do our photos. we’ll hopefully be under 10k. I’ll be doing lots of DIY projects and hopefully finding good deals on things.

Post # 12
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Saving was a big reason on why he waited to propose.

I have 8K and Fiance has 15K we have both been working full-time for the past 3 years (him longer). His will be going to a downpayment/wedding and mine will be for wedding/keep saving. Both of our parents are helping out with wedding costs and we are saving on a couple wedding things already – Uncle is photographer..as a gift! yay! Church is free, borrowing vases for centerpieces, invatations are being made and printed by the graphic designer at my work for only the cost of paper.
We have been blessed 🙂


Post # 14
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas

we had all of it, and then we bought a house…so it dwindled a bit after that.  🙂

Post # 15
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

When he is done buying my ring, he will have $0 in the bank (or, close to it heh). I have about $20,000ish in savings, but I want to keep $10,000 at least in savings as an emergency fund that I don’t touch, and we’re planning to buy a house in March (using the other 10 as an admittedly small downpayment). So…. for the wedding? Nothing really. But, if need to put deposits down or something I have cash on hand to do it then I just need to pay it back to the house fund. Hopefully once he pops the question we can start a separate wedding account. I am hoping to keep our wedding under 10K at most, and we’ll probably be married in about a year. Oy money. 

Post # 16
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We had NADA saved up at the start of the wedding planning process. By the time the wedding came around we had about $8K. That was the most we ever saved as a couple. It took dedication but well worth it!

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