Post # 1
I read this earlier this morning and thought it would be interesting to share.
Why You Should Start Saving for your Wedding on the First Date
There’s some good suggestions and I think life would be so much less stressful for so many people if they had this thought in mind earlier in life!
(Don’t worry, the title is somewhat for shock factor)
Post # 3
@pigzfly I don’t know about starting on the first date, but I believe that it is a smart decision for anyone wanting to get married to save for it as far in advance as possible if at all possible, however soon you can start ahead of time is great. A lot of people really have no idea how much things cost until its time for them to get married.
I believe in the principle of saving in general, so saving is always a good idea. Even, if you don’t end up using all the money on your wedding and honeymoon, you will still have money saved for your future and your new life, and that’s never a bad thing.
Post # 4
@pigzfly: I wholeheartedly agree with saving early and big, not necessarily for a wedding. I’d probably write a similar article but say retirement instead of wedding LOL. But then she does state:
Third, remind yourself that saving for a wedding does not mean you have to use all the money on a wedding, or heck, any of it
Post # 5
@pigzfly: Yeah, it definitely makes sense. At the very least, save for SOMETHING.
Post # 6
Definitely never hurts to save for whatever the future may hold – wedding, house, etc! And it’s always easier to spread it out over several years.
Post # 7
I don’t know about specifically for a wedding. I just saved from a young age. Some of it will likely go to retirement, but it’s not tied up in a retirement fund now. Some went to the wedding, some will go to a house, some went for living expenses when my scholarships ran out and I had no income other than a small amount from investments, etc.
I think I did get some of this attitude from my parents. I remember my mom getting frustrated when parents were complaining about where to get the money for grad. Her feeling was hey, you knew for years this was coming up, if you wanted to cover the costs you should have known to save for it. I didn’t mean my parents had money specifically set aside for grad, it was just general savings and they knew it was one event that would come up.
Post # 8
FH is a huge saver, but most will be for a down payment. between what he’s willing to give up and generous parents we should be able to have a classy, but not OTT wedding
Post # 9
Agree with this especially on not necessarily using everything for a wedding. More than a wedding, I think saving for a future is important.
I started saving for my future early. I have some money from my family but I didn’t want to have to rely on that. I want to be able to say that whatever I have, I’ve earned it – a beautiful wedding and a comfortable future included. Coincidentally, FI had the same motivations. So we were basically saving up for our future together without each other knowing it. Which is good because we’re now able to plan for a wedding we both wanted and still have enough to start a life together.
Post # 10
I agree with everyone… all savings is good savings! I find so many people don’t have any and that’s one of the reasons they’re so overwhelmed with the massive cost of weddings. The more things that cause the savings discussions, the better. Like @AB Bride: said about grad, you knew it was coming! There’s so many life events like that, that people never plan financially.
Post # 11
Argh if I had known how much our wedding was gonna end up costing I would have saved since high school! 😛