Imanj16
Just Said Yes November 2016

Wedding Fundraiser!!

Imanj16, on April 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM Posted in Planning

Okay! So this is my first discussion post to this website. lol My wedding is 2yrs away and as of now, my fiance and I are starting some EARLY planning. We live in Charleston, SC and alot of places here like a 2yr advanced booking(which sucks). So my question becomes, what are some good fundraiser ideas to help prepare for the BIG Day?

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  • Just Reenski
    Master December 2012
    Just Reenski ·

    I'm going to try to head this off at the pass and give you the benefit of the doubt. By fundraiser, you don't mean like having other people pay money to help you have your wedding, correct? We can give you tips on how to save money and cut costs, but unless "fundraisers" are popular in your area, this is NOT, I repeat, NOT a good idea.

    See this post: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/wedding-fundraisers/9db58df8fefa5780.html -- don't want to be this bride? Let's go back to square one and figure out how YOU can afford the wedding you want (or how to have a wedding YOU can afford.)

  • PurpleSun
    Master September 2013
    PurpleSun ·

    Budget your money according to how much you want to spend. ie. If you want to spend $20K on your wedding, you would save about $850 per month so that you could afford it.

  • Chelle
    Super August 2013
    Chelle ·

    A savings account is a fantastic way to raise funds! Just set a little money aside every month

  • Just Reenski
    Master December 2012
    Just Reenski ·

    You have over three years, so simple things like brown bagging lunch, planning your routes to save gas, cutting cable and other unnecessary subscriptions, etc. will help you save money.

    Having non-Saturday non-dinner receptions (I did a Sunday brunch) can be just as elegant and fun and a lower cost. Non-floral centerpieces are another way to save, and wedding cakes from a grocery store (Publix is delicious!) are another way to save.

    I hope you will stick around and update your avatar (the rings) to ANY unique pictures from Google we can more easily recognize. This post tells you how to do that: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/welcome-to-the-weddingwire-forums-please-read-if-you-are-new/b433c40c1a62b96a.html

  • About2bMrs.T
    Super October 2015
    About2bMrs.T ·

    I agree with Just Reenski.... IT would been a horrible idea... A kidney YES... A wedding NO

  • MonkeysandBananas
    Super May 2014
    MonkeysandBananas ·

    Save, save, save... Have a small wedding in the off season. Try to buy some stuff used, don't make people pay to fund your wedding, that's just tacky. Not to mention your guests are going to have their own attire, accommodations, travel, and gift expenses. If you really want to save money, elope.

  • Combay
    Master April 2013
    Combay ·

    I never heard of fundraising for weddings until getting on the board. I've seen some women say stuff about Jack and Jill parties with raffles? But I think that's Canada.

  • Mrs.J
    VIP June 2013
    Mrs.J ·

    Welcome to WW and Happy Planning.

  • WWLeeor
    VIP June 2020
    WWLeeor ·

    Welcome to the WeddingWire Community!

  • Abby
    Super August 2015
    Abby ·

    So what we did is set up a savings account and had a little bit of money every week transfer into that account. Even just $10 a week can add up quick! Also, we booked our venue for a Sunday night and got a great deal...usually they run 2 weddings at once but for Sundays they let you use the entire space and the price is $20 less per person! Also, we booked over 18 months in advance and set up a payment plan with the venue. They even said they've had couples that would send $25 or 50 a week to them and that was fine!

    Start using coupons at the grocery store. Packing lunches for work/school. And try finding free/less expensive activities (if you usually go to the movies, stay home and stream a movie offline!) Just cut back on little things and it will add it!

  • Mrs. Castig
    Master September 2013
    Mrs. Castig ·

    I do not agree with fundraisers for weddings. I agree with Reenski, with that being said here are a few ways FH and I cut cost to have money for our wedding. We stop eating out, our date night now conceits of a movie, pop corn at home and snuggling on the sofa. I have not had my nails done in over a year. We ride our bikes to work ( we live a mile from work). On B-days, Christmas V-day, etc, we will pay something on the wedding instead of gifts for each other. We cut the cable to basic cable. I have a phone at work and a house phone, so I let my cell phone go. There are lots of ways to save money and you have plenty of time to save.

    Please do not ask your friends and family to pay for your wedding.

  • Out the Window
    Master May 2014
    Out the Window ·

    Welcome! I hope you find the forums really helpful! I'm kinda new too, but there are PROS (been there and current brides to be) on this site that can really give you pointers on how to save and deals online. Good luck girl!

  • Shelley R.
    VIP July 2013
    Shelley R. ·

    I agree with Reenski, read that girl's forum. I would really stay away from fundraising. Have something you can afford and don't go into dept just for a wedding.

    some great ways to save DIYing and doing tons of research. People will tell you that you won't be able to find a vendor for the budget you have, but you can it just takes more work. Week day weddings are also cheaper, so you could consider doing that or a day time wedding.

  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·

    Smartypig.com

  • Imanj16
    Just Said Yes November 2016
    Imanj16 ·

    Thanks, every one for posting to my discussion. I agree, asking family and friends to pitch in with wedding funds is GHETTO. However, I had a friend that recently got married and to save money she washed cars and sold dinners. It's awkward to do so. But I just wanted other's opinion. I'm gonna SAVE.. Save... S-A-V-E!

    Thanks again!

  • Just Reenski
    Master December 2012
    Just Reenski ·

    I mean, in that vein, you can do something like having a garage sale of anything you don't want or selling items on Craigslist or eBay -- that kind of fundraising is all right. You can also sign up with marketing research companies to make a bit extra from time to time.

    Best of luck with your planning, you have a good amount of time, so I'm sure you'll get it done. Happy planning and don't forget to update that avatar!

  • P
    Expert June 2013
    Private User ·

    I'm with the other girls as far as the fundraiser goes, but I hope you have so much fun planning and wish you the best of luck!

  • Kathy
    Master July 2010
    Kathy ·

    Washing cars and selling dinners, to pay for a wedding - no.

    A garage sale, or selling your own items on eBay or Craigslist - fine.

    Weddings are not fundraising events. Leave those to the non-profit organizations that rely on those events to continue to do business.

    You need to set a realistic budget. Then live within it. If your dream wedding does not fit your budget, then you need to scale back. All a wedding truly needs in an officiant and a few witnesses. Everything else is extra fluff.

  • ForeverMyLove
    Master December 2014
    ForeverMyLove ·

    I'm sorry, but this is worse than asking people to "sponsor" your wedding. Save your money, sell things on eBay/Craig's List, but do not raise money for your wedding.

  • Mrs
    Expert August 2013
    Mrs ·

    Horrible idea! You have two years. Work for your money to pay for your wedding. Sorry but I think fundraisers for weddings are beyond tacky.

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