Post # 1
Married Bees: After all was said and done and you had opened every card and collected all of the proceeds, what did you do with the cash? Did it just go into savings to sit? Did you use it to pay off credit cards with wedding purchases on them? Did you buy something for the two of you like furniture or something for your new home? Tell me!
Engaged Bees: Is there anything you plan to use your future cash for? Anything you really want for after the wedding?
Post # 3
We used it to help pay for our honeymoon! It ended up paying for both of our plane tickets, basically.
Post # 4
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
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
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
We put it into savings and it is going toward new furniture when we get to England.
Post # 8
- 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
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
- 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 # 11
Sounds like honeymoon is a pretty popular way to use the cash. Did you use all of it on the honeymoon or just a bit of it?
@zippylef:Ooo England. When are you moving there?
@Linz1231:That dinner sounds like an awful lot of fun! What percentage of your total budget would you say you got back?
@msgiraffe:I want one sooo bad as well! Which one do you want?
Post # 12
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
@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
@MsBrooklynA: July! Darling Husband got stationed over there.
Post # 15
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
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.