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Planning a Wedding Budget

I'm Asking: How Long Did You Save For Your Wedding?

Any wedding — whether a low-key intimate gathering or a fancy platinum party — is going to run up a shocking price tag. Forty-five percent of polled SavvySugar readers say the couple should foot the bill with the help of family and reported spending $10,000 to $20,000 on their own nuptials.

Inquiring minds (and fellow and future brides) want to know how long you saved for, and how you created a budget that allowed you to store savings away for your big day. Dish here!

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marijke marijke 5 years
I'm currently saving for my wedding next May (got engaged Christmas eve 2009). We had originally planned to wait until 2012 so we could save up a decent amount of money, but both of our parents offered to help us out which means we were able to move the wedding forward a year :) We are both still saving as much as we can every month, and I am due my bonus in July so that will go towards it aswell.
Liss1 Liss1 5 years
We didn't really save. We got engaged in January and wanted to get married july 4th and didn't want to wait another year. We spent what we could, my SIL offered us her back yard to get married in, it's huge with a beautiful garden and we wanted to have bbq since it was the 4th and my other SIL took care of that, we were very lucky. my husband was injured and had to have surgery and was out of work for for 5 months before the wedding so we couldn't go crazy with the money. But it was absolutely perfect and i wouldn't have changed anything.
mnstyle mnstyle 5 years
I'm not engaged yet, but I think I will be soon. I've been building up my savings account for the past several months, but I don't want to drain it on a wedding. Does anybody have tips on how to continue saving for a wedding, while still leaving a cushion in your savings account?
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I was only engaged for 6 months, so I saved everything I could during that time period to pay for it, but my parents also helped out somewhat. We had a really low-budget wedding (around $5500 or so) and we were able to pay for everything without going into any debt or anything.
lauren lauren 5 years
About one year and we paid for the whole thing!
supercoolnat supercoolnat 5 years
I was already working on saving money, so it was just a matter of calling that money our wedding savings vs. general savings. We were engaged for 2 years, so that definitely helped give us time to save up. And bonuses and overtime $$ went straight to savings - those "extra" hundreds or thousands of dollars really helped.
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