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

posted 12 years ago in Money
Post # 18
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369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had $10K saved when I started because I knew neither of our parents would be able to contribute a lot and I knew I wanted a bigish wedding.  My mom gave us $8K his parents $2K and the other $23K we are saving as a couple during our engagement.

Post # 19
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Worker bee

Zero! I started budgeting for our wedding when we got engaged and had to cut back on some stuff we love to do to maximize our savings. I’m hoping that on the day we get married, it will have been worth all this restraint!

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Um we really don’t have anything saved and didn’t then which is why we are working off a TINY budget. Its what we can manage to spend here and there with our pay. To be honest we would have to wait longer to save up first and well I want to be married more than I want a wedding…so I think its okay we aren’t spending that much and we didn’t save for it. Not to mention the fact that its really difficult to save when one of us is in college (since they make you practically spend all of your savings before they give you aid) and the other just started working (a job unrelated to his education and low wage because he couldn’t find anything else).

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t have anything saved specifically for the wedding either.  I maybe used $500 from my bank account and then started saving the rest after the engagement.  But my parents paid for about 75% of the wedding.

Post # 22
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575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Zero here too!  My parents are paying for a lot of the wedding/reception and his parents are paying for most of the Blessing/reception two weeks later so we’re going to have to swing a few grand for things like Inviations x2/Photographer x2/Florist x2/Videographer (if we do one)/Rings/anything else miscellaneous and we’re going to manage that stuff together.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had savings but I always thought of our savings as our ‘condo fund’.  I would’ve been sick if I used our condo savings all on the wedding.  So we basically just budgeted and saved this year so we wouldn’t have to touch our condo fund that much.

Post # 24
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112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I actually had $20K saved, but that’s only because I was working abroad in a developing country and getting my housing and meals paid for in addition to my salary. I literally had no expenses except buying my airplane tickets home to see my fiance once every two months.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

When we got engaged M had about 15% saved of our portion of our total projected wedding budget. We will be contributing 20% for our wedding, our parents the rest of the 80%. The rest of the money we save is going towards the home we’re buying and hopefully will be closing on next month and for our emergency fund!

Post # 26
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Nothing either 🙁

His parents are paying for the bulk of it, aka the reception and my parents will pay for the other cool stuff like photos, video, dress, decorations, etc…

If we need more money, I just graduated and starting working, so Im saving too. Our parents want us to keep our money though, since he’s still in a PhD program and we have a few years until we are BOTH working.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had not saved anything to start.  We are planning a year engagement and a wedding budget of apx. $7,000.  So we are saving $600/month ($300-each) to comfortably reach this goal.  Granted, this is for a relatively simple/small wedding, but its going really well so far.

Post # 28
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308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We had $1,800.00 saved. I had a feeling it was coming, so we started saving for the wedding before the proposal. We also are havign a 2 year engagement so we have time to save for everything.

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I didn’t have anything saved-I didn’t think to save for it b/c I was surprised by my proposal.  (I was the only one apparently :-)) That said, we are getting $$ from both sides and saving money during this 9 month engagement.  We have made quite a few cutbacks budget-wise to save money.  We are probably going to end up with a little debt, but not too worried about it.

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m a huge saver & have always been that way.  So I had the entire amount in my savings when my Fiance proposed.  We decided to split the cost of the wedding and then I’ll probably pay for most of our honeymoon.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We’re both pretty frugal and save, so we had some saved up when we were first engaged, not for a wedding specifically but just money in the bank.

We bought a house though the month after we got engaged, so we set aside $3000 as our “wedding fund” and put more into it as we went along. Our engagement was a year and a half, so we saved everything we needed comfortably during that time.

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