Post # 32
We planned to pay for it entirely ourselves from savings. We’re older (30s) and have quite a bit of savings/investments, but kept to a budget so we didn’t use up all of our savings. If we had been younger, I am sure we would have had a smaller budget. We were fortunate to receive gifts from parents so we ended up only having to pay a portion of the wedding.
Post # 33
My husbands parents paid for our religious ceremony here and family dinner at a banquet hall and our wedding outfits. We paid for our destination wedding in Cuba which we saved for over a year an spent about 6k and my parents also gave us 2k towards it. We wanted as low budget as possibe so that we could buy a house right after our wedding which is what we were able to do 🙂
Post # 34
Our wedding was about $10,000. I took two years to plan & pay for things (ahead of time). It was paid for from working, saving, and $1000 from my IL’s for the photographer.
Post # 35
Both sets of our parents are both very fortunate and very thrifty, so I was floored by how much they were able to offer us. I honestly never imagined that my parents would pay for my wedding, but I also didn’t predict that I’d get married at 24. We told them that we’d be happy to throw a BBQ and pay for it ourselves, but they wanted to have a conventional wedding, and we’re really excited to see our families all together.
Post # 36
Fiance & I saved each paycheck for it and any extra money also went into wedding savings. Extra money being our tax returns, work bonuses and just money leftover in paychecks that we didn’t spend. If I had an extra $20-$30 here and there, I would put it in there, that really adds up fast! We’ve been spending a lot of weekends in or doing free/cheap things together.
We’ve been engaged for a year now and have another 8 months to go. Each month we saved between $1,000-$1,200 between the two of us. So, if all goes according to plan we will have about $18,000 saved which is what we predicted we would need. We did get some help from our parents. Mine are paying for the DJ and the flowers and his are paying for the alcohol (our venue is bring your own booze) and rehearsal dinner, so that saved us about $3500-$4000. I was thankful for the help with those things. I agree with others, we didn’t want to go into debt, so we are having a longer engagement. Would’ve loved to gotten married this October, but oh well…time flies anymore anyways and soon enough May will be here!
Post # 37
We each saved about 1000K/month over our 11 month engagement = 22K. Our parents gave us 7500 and our tax return was 9K. Our original budget was only 20K, but the unexpectedly large tax return really saved our butts when we went over.
Post # 38
@soinlove79: We were 34 and 36 when we got married, so we used our own personal savings. With have a moderate incomes and a low cost of living, so that helps build our savings.
Post # 39
I’ve been budgeting like a crazy woman and Fiance and I worked a lot of overtime this summer (we covered for everyone’s vacations) so we’d have extra money. We put away $500 each from every paycheck as well to cover costs. Can’t wait till the wedding is over so I can start saving money again instead of spending.
Post # 40
FI’s awesome parents gave us $5k (totally unexpected but I am sooooo grateful for it!), I am an obsessive bargain hunter and Fiance and I are socking away as much $ as we can out of our paychecks. Our total for rings/wedding/honeymoon will be about $8k and even that is killing me. Breaks down to 62.5% his parents, 37.5% us.
Post # 41
Our paychecks. We’ve just been living frugally (cheap date nights, no vacations-mini getaways only, I only get my hair done every 4 months, at home mani/pedi’s, drinking cheap wine etc…)
Not including honeymoon or my ring our wedding will probably be around 12k for 35 people and we’re paying for it ourselves.
Post # 42
Paychecks. We didn’t even touch our savings to fund the wedding.
Post # 43
@soinlove79: I am a very, very lucky girl in that my parents offered us quite a bit of financial help, enough to cover the majority of our moderately sized, “modest” (for Jersey) wedding. We chose a beautiful but not extravagant venue and are doing our best to cut costs where we can. The rest of the wedding, the honeymoon, and the rehearsal dinner will be on us.
Post # 44
@soinlove79: We have money saved up and are spending a total of $6000 for our wedding and honeymoon. Our honeymoon is registered, but even if we do not receive monetary gifts, everything is accounted for.
Post # 45
We are paying our wedding off with our wages & savings.
Post # 46
@soinlove79: Fiance and I have been saving $1,600 a month for a year in order to pay for our $20K wedding (not including rings and honeymoon). Like @penelopee above, we’ve been staying in, not going on vacation and not shopping for anything other than the essential items. Although its pretty tight and hasn’t been fun, we’re right on track with 5 months left until the big day.
Fiance is so impressed with our savings, he wants to continue saving at this rate for a house once the wedding is over. lol