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Leaving one week from today & big news!

May 10th, 2016 at 06:50 am

In one week, I'll be on a plane to Phoenix to marry the love of my life. It's so crazy to think about. We're very lucky to be where we are and to have managed to pay 90% of the wedding ourselves. I'll try to break it down when we return, but the rough estimate is about $31000. FH has worked his butt off this past year to make this happen for us, and I'm so grateful to have him in my life. (I do contribute to our finances and actually make just as much as him, but my paychecks are steady, so we use his commission checks to knock out large sums of our wedding bills...plus, I'm bringing in much more debt to the marriage which makes me cringe, but luckily, he's understanding.)

In other big, big news...my work won a HUGE contract that they bid on. Since several staff on my project were key personnel, big staffing changes are afoot including...the potential for a promotion for me!! My boss has always said I'd have her job one day, and it did seem likely that it would happen, only years down the road. With this work, I think they're going to try and get me in there now. It's really scary, but exciting to think about. It would make it that much more likely that we could pay off all consumer debt by the end of this year (minus FH's car) in addition to saving up 10-20k for a house down payment next year.

12 Responses to “Leaving one week from today & big news!”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Great things happening in your life!

  2. Ima saver Says:


  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Very excited for you on all fronts!

  4. Michelle Dado Says:

    Wonderful news. Congrat s

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    What all are you getting for a $31K wedding? I have never been to a wedding that expensive, so I'm curious.

  6. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    I'll break it down by exact numbers afterwards, but rough estimates are 10k for the venue (we're getting married in Sedona overlooking the red rocks) which includes tables, chairs, place settings, cake, flowers, and officiant. 1k for the remaining rentals (linens, alcohol glasses, highboy tables, and dance floor), 1400 for the photographer (2 of them for the entire day and 4 hours during the rehearsal dinner), 1020 for the DJ (ceremony and reception), 1100 for the videographer (2 for the full day, all raw footage, and a highlight film), 200 for the dress, 500 in alterations, 150 for invites, 500+ in gifts, hotel room, flights, rental cars (we switch twice for a total of 3 different cars), RD, grooms cake (500), and catering (about 7k). Oh, and booze/honeymoon activities/decor, etc.

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congrtulations! how exciting.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Wow. Thanks for the breakdown. I find it funny that I paid more for a photographer in 1995, $1500, but my whole wedding was under $5000. But it was worth it to pay so much for the photos. That's the one thing I always recommend is to not skimp on the photographer. It sounds like you have a beautiful location picked out. Will you post any photos after you get married? Not necessarily of you, but of the venue and the decorations?

  9. VS_ozgirl Says:

    How exciting on both counts!! Wishing you the most wonderful wedding Smile

  10. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    LR, I'm pretty sure I will post some. If you're curious, this is the location: http://agaveofsedona.com/

    They recently did some construction including a second terrace and a bridal suite. Fortunately, the second terrace is covered, so in the unlikely event of rain, we have a backup location instead of having to do everything inside in the ballroom. Even more fortunately, it's currently projected to be 78 and sunny!

  11. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    You are so close! How exciting!

  12. Dido Says:

    Congratulations on both fronts!

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