My fiancé just proposed to me on Valentine’s Day ! I was extremely excited and it’s still hard for me to believe. We’ve been together for almost 4 years and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him. We are young, only 21 going on 22 years of age so we need some advice. What are great ways to save money or make extra money so we can pay for our wedding expenses? I never understood when people said weddings are expensive and they are! Any advice? We want to save about $15,000 in 2 years
For me and my husband, we actually worked extra shifts and a side job and the money from those extra shifts/side job went to solely paying for the wedding
Congrats on the engagement! Very exciting. You have a good timeline. I’d use the $15k as a target budget, but also be realistic about how much you can actually save based on your current income. Once you draw up a plan, move the money into a savings account and set up and automatic wire transfer each month. You can make extra money by driving for Uber/Lyft or taking random jobs in your free time.
We limited spending outside of our bills as much as we could so that we could save whatever money was leftover each month. Even small things like making coffee at home rather than buying out, which alone can add up quick. Also we took as many extra shifts as we could at our jobs, offered to work holidays, etc.
Hi Ebony! Congratulations!! My brother helped me sign up for a Chase credit card and it earned me points in exchange for gift cards. I was able to get gift cards to David’s Bridal and grocery stores to save money. By no means am I suggesting to go into debt, but if you pay off in full monthly it saved me hundreds over a year. Hope this helps! ❤️
Sit down with fiance and decide on priorities. Most couples focus on the guest experience (good food/free drinks/good dj) and quality photos. Cut out the rest you don't care about. Skip favors/programs/champagne/welcome bags/bridesmaid boxes. Take a look at eventective.com for a venue. Blank slates have tables and chairs but do not have 5 figure minimums you must meet for food and drink alone. Vendors via Instagram or thumbtack.com
Get a grocery store cake. Flowers from the grocery store or fiftyflowers.com. get alcohol from a local warehouse store.
Annsbridalbargains.com or costco.com for invites.
Only invite the people you cannot imagine spending the day without. Pick only your closest best friends 6-8 months before the wedding to stand up for you. Bridesmaid dresses via Azazie or Cocomelody.
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That’s the average in my area for basic DJ $1000
Officiant $500 Photographer $2000 Florals $3000 (ceremony arch arrangement, 5 bouquets, 5 boutonnières, Corsages and boutonnières for parents, welcome table arrangement, guest tables flowers) Food and open bar for 100 ppl $12500 Wedding Cake $500 Miscellaneous supplies like invitations, favors, etc. $500 It’s adds up very quickly