Post # 62
My parents are paying for the reception (cost per head)…everything else is being paid for by me and Fiance. However, the amount we are paying equals out to the amount they are paying for the hall.
We had a 2 year engagement in order to save the money we needed to pay for the wedding and buy our house. I was living in a cheap (but so nice!) apartment,then I moved back home once the lease was up so that we could save more. Fiance lived at home up until last month when we started living together. Putting all those together, we saved a lot of money. Now as the down payment was made for the house and the final payments are going out for the wedding, we are low on funds lol we are excited for the wedding to be done so we can have money again!
Post # 63
We had a small wedding ($5k budget). Half came from our tax returns and the other came from selling my old car (already had a new one) to my uncle.
Post # 64
My dad gave us 6.5k, & we were able to pull off our whole wedding with it without giving up too many things 🙂 (100 guests)
Post # 65
WHOA….how did you manange only $17,000 for 700 people??? That is a steal!!!
Post # 66
@soinlove79: My fiance and I are paying for the wedding. My parents bought my wedding gown which was quite expensive and have said they will give us a sum of money towards our honeymoon as a wedding present. My fiance’s parents are paying for the rehearsal dinner which will be atthe Old Lahaina Luau.
Post # 67
Neither of our families have money to contribute and we’re both dead set against taking out loans for a wedding – that leaves our own paychecks. SO has a nice nest egg but I don’t, so I’m starting to save up way in advance in order to have something to contribute. Thankfully, we both want a small wedding. 🙂
Post # 69
Hubby and I each save well, and so we’re relying on some of that for wedding budget. My uncle, grandmother, and parents all gave us a monetary gift as well.
Our budget is in flux right now but prob around 12k, and we will still have savings after, and will not be using ANY credit at all.
Post # 70
We opted for a 2 year engagement so that we could save for the wedding. However, my Mom has made it clear that she is purchasing my dress for me and my Father offered us some money to put toward the wedding (about 10% of what our wedding budget is).
Post # 71
My mom refuses to pay if I don’t have the type of wedding she wants (huge, with all my family, friends, old teachers, parents’ colleagues, childhood dentists, coaches, babysitters, 3rd cousins twice removed etc) and I just don’t want that. I can be a very shy, reserved person when it comes to sharing “the real me” as opposed to the broadcaster, the model, the professional etc. I want to be the “real me” on my wedding day and not put on a show and I want to do it in front of a handful of people. My parents paid $75k for my sister’s wedding that didn’t even happen and I thought they’d be so traumatized they would be okay with me opting out of the grandioseness but no, they still want all that jazz. When she offered me an initial budget of $80k, I said “wow, that’s a lot of money for 50 people, I can put Macbooks in the swag bag” she basically had a melt down and said she wouldn’t pay for anything.
So…my wedding money is coming from my Fiance. and me I guess lol. Luckily he more than respects my wishes because he doesn’t want to spend a lot of money anyway.
Post # 72
O wow! Thanks bees! I get off my hour and a half flight to so many responses! I love this site. Sounds like we need to buckle up. We haven’t had any offers from family but wouldnt ever expect it either. We already put deposit for venue down on cc but that was for points. I guess no more eat outs -costly dates and heck our birthdays and Christmas alone we could def cut back. I literally was thinking go all out on destination for the close few but not compromise on what I want. Champagne tastes with the beer budget. This site really helps though and thanks to everyone for sharing – I know some people are weary talking about money. Plus I was telling fiancé that maybe it will be ten thousand But its a visual thing for me. Handing over ck for 10 thousand is different then paying off little by little – well not really but it works for me lol!
Post # 73
@soinlove79: We used half our tax return to pay for the airfare, did some DIY and asked family if they could chip in for services. Our family owns a church so the venue was free, the cake was gifted, veggie food made by family, I wore my mom’s dress which only needed a cleaning, I was gived the plates and silverware etc etc. I think 3rd of the cost was our travel costs. The rest came from my paychecks, I sort of paid piecemeal as we went along. And at the last hour my parents chipped in some money which helped. 🙂 All in all it was a team effort and a family affair.
Post # 74
We are saving $700 a month from our paychecks (and will be engaged for 17 months), and each set of parents has contributed a substantial amount. Plus the savings are in an account that bears 5% interest, and we are using a rewards credit card to earn points/cash back.
Hopefully we won’t have to use all of it!
Post # 75
My parents contributed about $25,000 & H contributed around $25,000. I dont know exact figures because near the end money was flying out in every direction and we just stopped keeping track.
Post # 76
We had a 6 figure wedding, which my parents paid for. DH’s parents also contributed for the typical grooms family things – e.g., flowers, rehearsal dinner, etc.
If my parents hadn’t have paid, there would have been no wedding (would have eloped). Just wasn’t a priority for us financially.