(Closed) What are you doing to save money for your big day?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My parents have been kind enough to gift my Fiance and I a generous sum of money, but we also need to save a bunch to have the wedding of our dreams.  I find that even the littlest things are helping.

1.  like you, eating out less

2.  we love movies, so we are renting redbox ($1.00) instead of going out to the movies

3.  i have a couple of store credit cards that I had my Fiance hide.  While they get paid off every month, it’s just better not to have the temptation at all.  

4.  I’ve mostly been doing my own nails after a lifetime of getting my nails done at a salon.  Occasionally, I get them done, but I try to do them myself more often.  Can’t give up the pedicures though Cool

5.  i sold some stuff on ebay!  i am a purse-aholic, and i have some older bags that i no longer use.  those are going to be next on the chopping block.

Good luck!  You’d be surprised how the littlest things help the money add up.

Post # 4
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are having a very laid back, budget friendly, DIY wedding. We haven’t had to adjust at all, saving money for after the wedding 🙂

BUT, we could certainly stop eating out as much too! 🙂

Post # 5
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have been trying not to buy unnecessary items I dont need. For example shoes..I own about 50 of them and know that I do not need anymore right now or for the rest of my life for that matter! LOL

Post # 6
906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We agreed that we are going to start eating out less because everytime we go out the first thing we do is eat! I havent seen him in two weeks though, and since he comes home tomorrow I am going to be ok with eating out because he really wants a steak! We are also going to cut back on having him drive 30 minutes away from where we live just to do nothing, so instead we are going to be at each others houses for the most part and watch movies things of that sort to save gas/money wasted on gas.

Post # 7
1544 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We haven’t had to do a great adjustment except be more disciplined about it. We never ate out much or anything like that. Fiance has his hobbies so he’d spend too much on that. I had a few grand in savings already cus i just don’t spend any money. I’m not ur typical shopaholic girl… I hate shopping actually. We just had to be more disciplined… both of us set up automatic tranfers to our savings accounts for the wedding/honeymoon fund so we don’t miss the money. The goal is to just keep our checking accounts at a steady level which is gonna be difficult with all the furniture and decorations we gotta buy for the new house. I still don’t know where thats coming from. I’d really love to keep the emergency fund i’ve built up over the years.

Post # 8
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well, we have cut back A LOT.  We don’t eat out as much.  I haven’t gone to the salon to get my nails done or a pedi is forever (guess it’ll be more special closer to the day since I will be getting them done for the wedding).

I don’t shop as much either… I used to shop at least once a week and get something for me, the kids or the house.  I only buy what is necessary or for the wedding.  And I am looking for  pt job.   

Post # 9
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a saving’s jar (it’s actually a giant Heineken can…no idea where my grandpa got it but it’s hilarious!) that I put all loose change into. I also put any birhtday money, my tax refund, etc. into it instead of spending it. The jar is almost full so I’m excited to find out how much is in it!

I also buy budget and store-brand hygine products (toothpaste, shampoo, floss, etc.) now. It’s a little thing, but honestly to me they work just as well. I try to buy budget and store brand as much as possible: and it really adds up! And I’ve started to use coupons more for groceries as well.

As weird as it sounds, I actually am starting to LIKE spending money: it’s a thrill knowing I’m setting this all aside for something that’s important to me. Though since my parents already agreed to pay for our (veryveryveryvery budet–under 5k) wedding, this is actually for the honeymoon and general savings (wooh grad school…) more than anything. 

Post # 10
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

No more shopping.  🙁

Post # 11
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We have also cut down a lot on eating out and drinking out (drinks are often times way more expensive than our food!).  Also, for the wedding itself I made the invites, and all the printed materials (RSVP’s, table numbers, place cards, etc…), we are not having a videographer (a few people will be asked to videotape throughout the day), our cake will be from Albertson’s, only half of our tables will have fresh floral centerpieces (the other half will have tall candelabra/chandeliers), our placecards will be doubling as candy favor bags, I scored a deal on table overlays and I will sell them after the wedding, we are hosting our bar only until it reaches a certain pre-set dollar amount, and we’ll probably be getting a taco truck for our reception dinner.

Even with these “shortcuts” we are still spending a lot in my opinion, but I think under the national average. Most of the money is going to the venue and the food, and we have a couple little extra things planned, like an ice cream truck, photo booth, and a cigar bar.  It’s just mind boggling how much money is spent on one event!!

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