(Closed) Paying for things

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

You can pull it off.  You will have to set a tight budget and stick with it as well as sacrifice a few things but it can be done and will be beautiful!  Look for a used wedding dress, keep the guest list small and do some DIY!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Keep in mind that you probably WON’T be able to have everything you want, but you can have a lovely wedding!

Decide what is really important to you, and budget for that first (for us it was food/wine…we were not willing to scimp on that, so that was the item that the rest of the budget was built around…it will be $3800 nonnegotiable dollars of our budget).

I have some body image issues, so I ended up not really looking for a cheap dress option once I found a dress that I loved.  I could  have done it more cheaply, but it ended up being an expense I just ate…the dress was $700, alterations will likely be another $300)

Everything else has to be low priority for us to hit our $6000ish budget (we aren’t including photography in that number as it was gifted to us, so that helps).  That means that we won’t be spending much on decorations, we won’t have a photobooth, and we won’t have letterpress invitations….but we’ll have a nice wedding that suites us perfectly, and we’ll pay for it an amount we are comfortable with.

If you are a DIY person, or if  you know people who are, that will help tremendously.  But, even if you aren’t you can definitely pull ths off!  Just know your budget, know your priorites, and go from there.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@busybride11: Heyy! We’re wedding weekend twins!

Saving $6,000 in less than a year can seem like alot but it certainly can be done. Our wedding is costing a little more than yours so my figures wont be exact but this is what we are doing to save for our wedding and honeymoon:

  • We have $100 a week go into our wedding savings account. We’ve been saving since before we were engaged (been engaged for about 6 months) so we already have quite a bit in there but if you start doing something like this now, you could have about $4800 from just your weekly savings.
  • We are putting a portion of our tax refunds into our wedding account as well. 
  • I’ve been asking for wedding related things for Christmas (Michaels gift cards, salon gift certificates, etc…). Using these will be less money out of pocket that we have to pay.

My parents are paying for half of our wedding and FI’s parents are picking up a few things here and there so thankfully we won’t have to cover the whole thing ourselves. 
Now, this saving plan definitely depends on your finances and if you can afford to save $100 a week. Fiance and I have combined finances already so we are both paying for our portion of the wedding which makes it much easier to save each week. If you’re not able to save that much each week then you could cut out any “wants” that you spend money on and just focus on the “needs” (like Starbucks, salon visits, shopping trips, going out to lunch/dinner, etc…). Fiance and I chose to have a long engagement because we didn’t want to sacrifice our way of living. This worked out well for us.
I know it seems scary but it definitely can be done, you’ll just have to either save like we are or cut back on some of the “perks” that you allow yourself to have. It will all be worth it in the end. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that you can pull it off if you are willing to set limits and be very realistic.  Your guest list will need to be smaller and you will need to make a list of your top wants. 

If you guys are going for equal amounts for each of you to spend I would think about the place you are going on your Honeymoon and figure out how much the trip is going to cost.  If it is under your $6000 then I think it might be better to ask for some help to even out what you both are spending and give yourself a little more room to plan.  I had wanted to spend around$6000 and am ending up closer to $8500.  So plan wisely. 

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