Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Major change in my life...

OK, so my blog is all about change and fellow PF Bloggers, have I got some change to tell you about!! I'm getting married!!! So, things have been going very well with the new beau, obviously and I'm sure some of you are thinking this is moving very quickly, believe me, my family thinks so too! But, we have known each other for 20+ years and at this point, we are engaged, no plans yet on when the wedding will be, probably not until the end of this year or even spring of next year.

So, I think my posts will have more to do with wedding costs and how to cut costs wherever possible. Any tips you all my have would be greatly appreciated! Seriously, greatly appreciated!!! We went ring shopping last weekend, well, we've been shopping for awhile, but we went ring "purchasing" last weekend. Holy cow those things are expensive!! I think women get off easy only having to buy a wedding ring for the groom! :)

Just wanted to share that exciting news with you all and I look forward to planning the wedding and letting you all know how it is going financially speaking. :) Cheers!


laughing808 said...


begin your reserach now.......and try to be as hands on as possible. The minute you start handing tasks off to others, that money out your pockets.

The Executioner said...


Our wedding budget was $5,000. We rented some rooms in a small Inn during the off season and had our 11 guests (family mostly) stay at our expense. My wife bought her dress for $150 and I rented a tux for about half that amount. We didn't have a separate wedding and reception; it was all held in the same place inside the common room of the Inn. We made a long weekend of it and had a great time. Our guests (family) said it was the most fun they'd ever had at a wedding. Of course, they were not biased in the least.

Because we chose not to spend much money on our wedding, we had plenty of cash on hand to begin our lives together. Actually, we wish now (in hindsight) that we had bought less expensive wedding/engagement rings as well. The jewelers have a good thing going there...

Oh, and by the way, I knew my wife for all of 6 months when we decided to get married (and we had our wedding 4 months after that). If you find the right person, then the length of time you spend dating is not really important.

Midwest Chick said...

Congrats!!! I can't wait to hear how the planning goes.

Anonymous said...

wow congrats! that is awesome.
I been married for less than 2 years, and here is my advice:
1. DON'T LESS YOUR WEDDING STRESS YOU OUT. Remember, it is only one day. Have a big life and big marriage, rather than a big wedding.
2. Dont forget about Him and your family. This is your day, but it is for yall, not just you. It will make the day so much better if you are not fighting with the most important people in your life.
3. Have fun. We rented a suite for all the girls and had a blast the night before just hanging out!!!

Frugalchick said...


I actually ended up planning two weddings for myself. DH's family was affected Katrina, so we ended up rearranging and replanning the wedding. The first plan was mch less expensive, but we still pulled the event off with very little cost.

During the first planning, we searched out a great building through my mother's alumni association. Because we were going to get married and have the reception on the campus of her former college, we were going to get a greatly reduced rate (as in, $100 for the Wright-designed chapel and $150 for the big reception hall). We called in a photographer she had previously worked with, who was willing to give an awesome rate to an old friend. Search out any connections you may have!

We weren't able to score anything like the above deals for the actual wedding we had (different location), but we still saved lots of money by doing things ourselves. We researched and made our own beautiful invitations. Instead of buying expensive favors, we dropped Hershey's kisses in inexpensive white netted bags (you can even buy these at the Dollar Tree) and printed our own little tags (these were a big hit).

And I agree with Executioner--don't let anyone bug you about the time. DH and I got married after 8 months of dating and we have already outlasted some of our friends who got married after dating for much longer. Again, congrats!

Escape Brooklyn said...

CONGRATS!! That's fantastic and I'm so happy for you!

I'll just throw this out there: City Hall. ;)

Is your fiancee going to relocate to Seattle? Can't wait to hear all about your wedding plans and new life together!

The Frugalist said...

Congratulations! That is very exciting news!

J. Money said...

Awesome news, congraaaaaaaaaaaats!!!!

I agree, first thing to do is find and book the wedding reception! after that it's smooth sailing ;) I did a few posts about our experiences if you wanna see:

1) Wedding Budget
2) Frugal wedding saving ideas


Sense said...

congrats lady! i bet your sweet survey skillz is just one of your attributes that helped reel him in...I need to work on mine!

Canadian Saver said...


indebt said...

Wow, congratulations! How exciting!

As a wedding vendor I work with about 40 brides a year and I know a few things they have done to save money or raise money for their weddings:

1. yard sale for the raising
2. getting married on a day other than Saturday allows for some discounts from vendors
3. have friends and family help out where they can
5. ebay
6. borrow
7. shop around (it's fun)
8. make what you can if it saves money

If I hear any money saving ideas that might help I'll pass them a long to you


Happy Wedding Planning!

Simplelivin' said...

I just happened to stumble across your blog, but CONGRATS!!!

Do as much as you can yourself with the help of friends and family. Use connects with people you know.
Ex. Your cousin works for a florist? Great, ask her to do your flowers as her wedding present to you.

mapgirl said...


Fabulously Broke said...

I am late, but CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Fabulously Broke in the City

"Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver."

Pennygather said...


Enough said.

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