So I’m going to have my baby in a few more weeks. But my civil status is still single! Does that mean I’m going to be a single mom? No.. it’s not like that. That’s not the case. I have my boyfriend who supports me all through my pregnancy and we’re both excited for our “little us“. We’re just not married yet, that is.
We already talked about our wedding plans, we only need more time and of course– budget! A wedding can happen in just an hour of the ceremony, but the crucial truth is that most of the things about it costs money you just can’t earn overnight.
We actually almost get married in a rush earlier this year when we found out I’m pregnant for the sake of our conservative family backgrounds. Glad we didn’t put ourselves in that situation, or else, we’ll be banging our heads right now! 🙂 We just stick to our old wedding plans so we don’t have to struggle between the expenses for the wedding and the baby’s needs.
That’s because we want to live in sunny day..
Sunny day.. sunny day, what am I trying to say? Well, it simple means we want to lessen the financial pressures where we can be confident enough in terms of using our money. We know not all things are going smoothly as planned yet still, we have to consider planning about it, too. Giving ourselves plenty of time to save not only for rainy days, but also for sunny days as well will allow us to be in control of our finances to get what we want.
With that being said, we both agreed to get married in two years from now. But of course, planning a wedding for our very special day starts now! We want to have enough time to meet our expectations and lessen the stress and not to complicate things.
Just a sneak peek on how we’re planning a wedding..
We’re working on a plan of having a simple church wedding within our budget. We only want our close relatives and friends from both parties to join us in our special day. We honestly can’t accommodate a lot more people on our wedding because I’m currently not working and my boyfriend is the single earner between the two of us. More people on our wedding absolutely mean more expenses, right? Our baby’s needs is another thing to consider against our wedding expenses.
And we don’t want to let our parents shoulder the expenses for us just so we can get the wedding done, they’re already old and we’ll feel more confident if we use our own money from our savings. Call it a tight budget , it’s okay. 🙂
And that only means, we have to really work on a tight budget for 24 months before our wedding! Yes, we do! Some part of my boyfriend’s monthly salary goes to our savings in the bank for our wedding goals. You know it’s a wise idea to plan your wedding in a site like YourSunnyDay.com. You could be more confident that you’re going to reach your desired goals when the time comes.
Wedding dressees [read: my dress, bridesmaids’, flower girls’, groom’s, groom’s men, etc.] and the reception should also be within our budget, but we have to make sure it won’t compromise the quality of services. Though we know that the most 50% of our wedding expenses will go to food and reception, we pride ourselves to keep a strict budget about everything and to work according to what we have planned.
We don’t worry much about the gifts because I have plenty of time to do some DIY, I will be very happy it was made with my creativity and love. 🙂 And what about the invitation cards? Oh well, my brother will just do it for me since it’s the line of his work.
For the sake of saving..
My boyfriend cut out his smoking habit so we can make use of that little money to add to our savings instead. I’m glad that he did! Think of how much money you can save when you quit buying a pack of cigarettes everyday! We also opt into buying for the things that we really need and not what we want, this helps a lot because shopping temptations are endless but our budget has limits. 🙂
It maybe tempting, but we don’t want to indulge in excessive spending for the unplanned expenses to put ourselves hanging in the air after this one day celebration. We value how special this occasion is going to be, but we want to be more practical as much as possible to save. With that, we can continuously enjoy our marriage life together to live in sunny day. We don’t want to struggle financially after the wedding, and pulling our hair won’t help but saving will!
And the lessons learned..
You see.. A one day wedding celebration costs time, efforts, and most of all– money! Yep, money is the most challenging part of planning a wedding. But you know it could be easier if you plan it smartly so you could live in sunny day, every one of us deserves it, I believe!
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