Our wedding’s in 3 weeks and we can’t afford to pay for it!!

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
179 posts
Blushing bee

I personally would not marry this guy.

You’re right. There probably is a reason the other two wives left. And is he paying alimony? Child support? When you are married, those things come out of your shared funds as well.

Obviously, his own wants and needs are more important to him than your future together. Sorry to be so harsh, but I would not marry a guy that financially irresponsible.


Post # 4
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

What did you ever do about your dress? I remember you weren’t going to have the funds to have it altered again and were really worried about that…

Post # 5
2634 posts
Sugar bee

If you are sure you want to marry him technically all you need to get married is a license and a justice of the peace.  You could head down to city hall and do it for less than $100 (probably).  It may not be the WEDDING you want, but at least you’d be married (the most important thing that comes out of the wedding).



Post # 6
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

When I read your other post, you said that you got your dress for $750 and in this post you said that you spent $500 on alterations.  So, that means you spent $1250 total on your dress.  It looks like all your other expenses total up to about $1000.  That means that you spent more on your dress than your entire wedding combined.  If I was your fiance I’d be a little annoyed about that!

I don’t want to be mean but it looks like both of you need to be more financially responsible and that paying for the wedding is the least of your worries!

Post # 7
33 posts

That stinks.. him being a CPA you would think he would be REALLY good at doing budgets..

It sounds like the real problem is that the 2 of you have completely different visions. I don’t understand how you can pull it all together in 3 weeks unless you guys get together and make decisions!

Post # 8
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Oh honey. I am so sorry. I remember reading your other post about this.

I would definitely think twice about why you are the 3rd wife. Is he the one that handles the money? Maybe you should try handling the financials. You need to have a long hard talk with him about your future together if you are having this kind of financial disagreements. Finances is supposedly one of the leading causes of divorce. Your marriage is 50/50 and with that you have to be able to have a say in your finances – whether it is saving or spending.

I take care of our finances and sometimes Fiance doesn’t know what we can do, but I do. So, if he starts to go a little overboard with something, I have to tell him NO we can’t do that.

I’m sorry and I hope it works out for you.

Post # 10
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Honestly, it doesn’t sound like you two are ready to get married if you can’t communicate about the finances, among other things. You need to sit down and have a good talk with him about everything. What was the situation with the other 2 wives? Do you really want to marry someone irresponsible?

I really hope that you can get it all figured out. Good luck.

Post # 11
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with His Barista, if things are so crazy right now with finances what makes you think it will be better down the road. I think either you need to reconsider all together or push the date back. Have you attended any pre-wedding counseling at all with a minister or anything? This is exactly the kind of topic that would have been addressed since financial matters can be such a stressor for many relationships.

Post # 12
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Um… he’s a CPA? Are you sure?

Post # 13
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Why is “he’ the one responsible for all the finances? You make it sound like you have no say in how he spent his money in the past. Why didn’t you tell him no regarding any of it?

He doesn’t sound responsible AT ALL. Go with your gut about the 3rd wife thing. Maybe the first two wives really did have some serious money issues with him. He just sounds irresponsible.

The dress thing sucks. But things happen.

Put off the wedding, honestly. Get a finance plan together. See somebody that will help you figure out how to budget for the future. Shoot, what are you going to do when one of your kids needs something or his truck breaks down? Budgeting for $2,000 on ANY salary shouldn’t be so hard. He needs to learn to be fiscally responsible and you need to hold him to it. it’s a two-man job when you’re a family. just b/c you “think” you’ll be ok money-wise doesn’t mean jack unless you balance your hceckbooks and budget and save!

Good luck

Post # 14
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

You and your fiance shouodl have a set plan for finances.  You also need to work on communication.  It sounds as if both ofyou have different ideas of what kind of wedding you want, and how much it should cost.  I suggest you sit down, figure out your daily expenses, including incedentals, and figure out what you can afford.  Remember it’s his wedding too, if he wants to marry you he shoudl be willing to work with you, but you may have to give in some of things you want to make it work too.

I hope it works out, but if you can’t come to an agreement sooner rather than later then you may want to put the wedding on hold and reschedule it.

Good luck.

Post # 15
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I read this post about 2 hours ago and have been thinking about it since.  I’m sorry if I’m prying or sound rude… but didn’t you say that you are a stay at home mom?  Why can’t you get a job babysitting or something to make some extra cash to make ends meet.  Are these his kids?  If not he maybe feeling like it is his money to do what he wants with it.  Not that that is right if you guys have this agreement with you stay home and he works.  But sometimes we can lose sight of the team concept and your money is our money idea.  But I was just thinking that this could be part of the problem.

I hope that makes sense and I didn’t hurt your feelings 🙂

Post # 16
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My gut says don’t get married. It’s not romantic, but finances and being on the same page regarding them are extremely important when it comes to relationships. If the two of you cannot agree on finances it will erode the foundation of your relationship. The two of you need time to sort this out before the wedding.

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