(Closed) What did you do with the money you received?

posted 7 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We used it to help pay for our honeymoon! It ended up paying for both of our plane tickets, basically. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We decided to use some of it towards our honeymoon to make it a little better than it was going to be.  We didn’t go crazy but it was nice not to worry about what we ordered when we ate and if we could afford souvenirs.  With the rest, we’re using it toward everyday expenses and to pay off debt/loans (not necessarily related to the wedding – just stupid decisions we had made).

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The large part of the gifts went into our investments, where they are sitting now.  We took out a bit for our one year anniversary trip.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A lot of it went toward paying off the credit card that had our honeymoon on it, and the rest went into savings/investments. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

We put it into savings and it is going toward new furniture when we get to England.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

UGH. We would have liked to use it to build up our savings, but since I graduated law school right after the wedding and had to wait until after the bar exam before I could work, we used almost all of it for living expenses for a few months. Blah. I guess it was better than a bar loan. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We didn’t get a huge amount of money, but we used some to buy some things of our registry that weren’t purchased – bedding, luggage, little things here and there.

We also went out for a crazy expensive dinner with a lot of wine the day after the wedding.  It was totally worth it.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club

I’m crossing my fingers for a Dyson Vac. If we don’t get one, we’re totally going to use some of our wedding cash on it because its something I’d never go out and buy normally.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re engaged and aren’t factoring gifts into our budget.  We are saving a certain amount each month so that when we can handle the expenses as they come.  I originally was against gifts, but realize that some people want to give them, so if we get money, it’ll go into savings and be used towards a down payment on a house.

I know someone who threw a huge wedding and invited a certain number of guests with the expectation that she would break even through their gifts. This was when I was younger, so I don’t rememeber all the details, but I do remember her counting cash at a table at the end of the night and paying vendors out of the pile.  Pretty tacky!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@MsBrooklynA: Hmm I would say about half toward the honeymoon…we had already paid half of the honeymoon a few months before, so this covered the second half. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

@MsBrooklynA: July! Darling Husband got stationed over there.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

im not married yet but fi and i have already decided where our money is going…. we are going to use some for a few excursions on our honeymoon in the riviera maya…. and the rest will go towards a new roof on our house 🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Well we had a list of things to do post-wedding and both our wedding money and tax return helped us to: 

– replenish savings

– get a new tv

– get a patio 

– go to atlanta for a concert in july

We haven’t actually executed all of these yet… but thats the plan.

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