Post # 1
I am currently unemployed but my partner/fiance makes about 19-20,000 per year. We spend majority of our income living pay check to paycheck as well as paying for my medical needs. I am on my 3rd surgery this year and need weekly doctor visits and medications. I am starting to feel like getting married is just a dream for us and wont be happening anytime soon. We live in Atlanta, GA so just going to the courthouse isn’t an option. I feel like saving for a house in a few years is a lot more important than a wedding. But it is very important to us still. Im just hoping this all works out but I dont mind holding off for a bit. Maybe not…what do you guys think?
How much do you and your partner make per year? How much are you putting towards your wedding? Do you live comfortably or pay check to paycheck?
Sorry if this is rude to ask…I am just trying to get some prospective.
Posted in the money board as well.
Post # 3
@MrsLevell2Be: We both make 20-22k a year, before taxes of course. Half of our income is put towards bills, a few hundred for food & gas, and the rest is for for misc things or savings. Our wedding will be under $5k, but my parents are also helping pay for part of it too. We bought a small starter home last year, but we’re saving for a larger home for the family that we want. For me too that is very important to save for.
Post # 4
We make around 50k combined. Wedding is costing us about 22,000 total, including honeymoon.
I don’t think you’ll get a good idea of what your budget should be vs. everyone elses. Everyone has differant expensive – some buy alot of “wants” and some save all their money. It’s impossible to compare two financial situations.
My best advice is to spend what you can afford/feel comfortable with, based on what you want from your wedding.
Me & fi originally wanted a budget of around $6,000 – but honestly, I we weren’t going to get the wedding we wanted for that price, and still be able to invite everyone we wanted invited. The most important things for my wedding are all of my loved ones being there, great food, & an open bar.
Also ETA : It also greatly depends on where you are from. While our 50k combined salaries aren’t alot in say.. new york, it’s very comfortable middle class in our little country town of only 400!
Post # 5
We make about $250k combined, and the total will end up being around $25-30k probably. So 10% or so. But our parents have also offered to help.
Post # 6
I make about $78,200/year now (gunning for my next raise which will push me to the $80k range) while my SO makes $65,000 + bonus (that usually ends up catching up/slightly passing me in pay). So with bonus, about $156,200 combined. We are not going to spend ridiculous money on our wedding – maybe $10k if even that. His ring budget for me was high $2k low $3k.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but we are poverty level for our area – no joke.
Post # 7
We don’t make that much yet (job-wise anyway) because Fiance just graduated but is taking more classes. I make $40k right now (only 2 years work experience). Fiance does make a decent amount of extra cash on the side though ($2-$5k+ per month), he gives me a certain amount each month I put into savings.
Our budget is about $22K. My parents are paying about half and we’re paying the other half. We have our wedding budget divided by vendor basically. My parents are paying the venue, alcohol, food, my dress, DJ, cake…basically the reception. We’re paying for my flowers, decor, hair/makeup, transportation, hotel, photographer, gifts, other misc. expenses.
Post # 8
Sounds like you guys have it all together. I am hoping to get to buy a starter home in the next few years. Congrats on saving for your dream home…thats truly exciting! Also thats a great budget.
Post # 9
Oly grap! Thats a lot of dough LOL. Truly blessed you two. I am hoping to be able to just live comfortabley and have a great wedding to show my kids one day. But man I wouldnt mind being able to no live check to check one day…I am so sure you two will have the wedding of your dreams. Congrats!
Post # 10
150,000 is poverty level? How can that be? But thats a great budget. Also congrats on your raise.
Post # 11
Great budget! Really lucky to have your parents be that kind with donating funds. I am sure your wedding will be amazing!
Post # 12
poverty level? That’s INSANE. You’d be rich where I live! LOL
Post # 13
@MrsLevell2Be: We make about 130K combined but only felt comfortable spending 15-18K on the wedding as we just built a house and are still working on paying off our student loans and other debt. Go off of what you feel comfortable with and not base it off of income. Its amazing what you can get on a tiny budget by thinking outside of the box for venues like restuarants, old theaters, bed and breakfasts, county history museums even libraries.
Post # 14
Combined $150,000 and our budget is that we are trying to stay under $10,000 for wedding. That does not include honeymoon since that will be a gift from someone.
Post # 15
at the time of our wedding, we made about $65k combined and our budget was $6500 (we got married at city hall with a hotel reception right afterwards). we stayed in our budget.
why can’t you go to the courthouse just because you live in atlanta? i’m not trying to be rude. i’m genuinely curious. nevermind! i just saw your other post so i get it now. hopefully soon you’ll be able to go to the courthouse!
Post # 16
DH makes 75k, I make ~25k, if that. Our budget was $25k, all contributed by my parents (and his for the rehearsal dinner). We spent $18k.