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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Weddings and Venues and Budgets, Oh My! {guest post}

Happy Thursday everybody....today is actually my Friday since hubs has another 3 day (be jealous). I've decided to combine the Thankful Project into one post at the end of the week so check back tomorrow for not one but three things I'm thankful for. 

Today though, Raewyn and I are trading blogs for the day so make sure to read her lovely post about weddings and budgets right here before you head on over to Warrior Queen and read all about my newest recipe! 

Hi there! My name is Raewyn and I blog over at Be a Warrior Queen. Elizabeth and I were matched up for the Post Exchange last month and today we've decided to exchange blogs! So if you head on over to my blog you'll find her post :)

Today, I want to address a semi-serious problem I ran into while wedding planning.

Our engagement photoshoot was a BLAST. 

My fiance [that's him right up there] and I have been engaged for about a year now and we've struggled with the wedding budget.

When we first got engaged, we were making a decent amount of money at our jobs but paying rent. To save money, we decided to move home to my mom's house until after the wedding. That was a fantastic move. We were going to be able to save at least $1200 [our price for rent] a month! With a wedding 9 months away we thought that should be more than enough.

We were lucky enough to be able to return to old jobs when we moved back home, but both of our pay were much lower than the amount we were making before. I went from working two jobs that paid well, to the uncertain pay of serving. He went from a general manager position to an in between assistant manager position [and about a $2 pay decrease.] But we were hopeful! I was supposed to be transferred from my well-paying job and he was supposed to be put back into a general manager position within a few weeks.

So we decided to venue search! And search we did, until I fell in love with this one venue, that seemed to be in our price range. [Side note, prior to venue searching, I thought it would be easy to find  a Southern California venue for under 5k. Lies.] So we pulled some strings to book it, still expecting our pay increases.

Finally, in the last week of April [4 months after we moved back home], we both received a pay increase. I found an almost full time job and would work two jobs, while he was finally given general manager of a bigger store with a pay raise and more opportunity for a bonus.

But that didn't save us. So we pushed the wedding date back six months!

Our official wedding date! 


Still, we kept running into problems until finally right before our original wedding date we decided to cancel the venue and find a cheaper one. Surprisingly, this was easier than we thought, though we are still looking for someone to take over the old spot to get our money back.

Moral of my story?

 Don't trick yourself into thinking you can afford something. Go off the money you already have and lowball it.


Close up of my ring right after he proposed ;) 

P.s. It doesn't hurt to start saving before you're engaged!
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Weddings and Venues and Budgets, Oh My! {guest post}

Happy Thursday everybody....today is actually my Friday since hubs has another 3 day (be jealous). I've decided to combine the Thankful Project into one post at the end of the week so check back tomorrow for not one but three things I'm thankful for. 

Today though, Raewyn and I are trading blogs for the day so make sure to read her lovely post about weddings and budgets right here before you head on over to Warrior Queen and read all about my newest recipe! 

Hi there! My name is Raewyn and I blog over at Be a Warrior Queen. Elizabeth and I were matched up for the Post Exchange last month and today we've decided to exchange blogs! So if you head on over to my blog you'll find her post :)

Today, I want to address a semi-serious problem I ran into while wedding planning.

Our engagement photoshoot was a BLAST. 

My fiance [that's him right up there] and I have been engaged for about a year now and we've struggled with the wedding budget.

When we first got engaged, we were making a decent amount of money at our jobs but paying rent. To save money, we decided to move home to my mom's house until after the wedding. That was a fantastic move. We were going to be able to save at least $1200 [our price for rent] a month! With a wedding 9 months away we thought that should be more than enough.

We were lucky enough to be able to return to old jobs when we moved back home, but both of our pay were much lower than the amount we were making before. I went from working two jobs that paid well, to the uncertain pay of serving. He went from a general manager position to an in between assistant manager position [and about a $2 pay decrease.] But we were hopeful! I was supposed to be transferred from my well-paying job and he was supposed to be put back into a general manager position within a few weeks.

So we decided to venue search! And search we did, until I fell in love with this one venue, that seemed to be in our price range. [Side note, prior to venue searching, I thought it would be easy to find  a Southern California venue for under 5k. Lies.] So we pulled some strings to book it, still expecting our pay increases.

Finally, in the last week of April [4 months after we moved back home], we both received a pay increase. I found an almost full time job and would work two jobs, while he was finally given general manager of a bigger store with a pay raise and more opportunity for a bonus.

But that didn't save us. So we pushed the wedding date back six months!

Our official wedding date! 


Still, we kept running into problems until finally right before our original wedding date we decided to cancel the venue and find a cheaper one. Surprisingly, this was easier than we thought, though we are still looking for someone to take over the old spot to get our money back.

Moral of my story?

 Don't trick yourself into thinking you can afford something. Go off the money you already have and lowball it.


Close up of my ring right after he proposed ;) 

P.s. It doesn't hurt to start saving before you're engaged!
 photo name.jpg

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