Newlyweds with baby on the way: our money and finance

At the end of May 2013, we found out I was pregnant (unplanned). At the end of July – just two months later – we got married. Here’s what our financial situation looks like. We live in a 1-bedroom apartment rent-free. When I first moved to my husband’s town, we lived with his parents in a 3-bedroom + kitchen apartment. It was okay, for now, but we wanted to be on our own eventually. We had made our peace with the fact that this was probably not going to happen soon. I had a vague plan idea that we could live with them for about 6 months, and re-evaluate our options then. Maybe we could rent a place or buy one with a mortgage? (more…)
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15 tips: How to plan a wedding in 3 months, on a budget (and not kill anyone)

Dear all, In my last post, I shared some great news with you: we got married! I also promised to tell you all about it my next post, so here goes. We planned our wedding in less than two months, and I guess you can call it a “shotgun” wedding – we found out I was pregnant on May 27, already 6 weeks along. We settled on July 20, a Saturday, for an evening wedding. We planned 100 guests and 2500€, but ended up at 150 guests and 3500€. (more…)
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How to ask for cash for wedding gift

We got married! Dear all, I have some great news: we got married! I'm telling all about it in my next post, but for now, here's a sneak-peak tip on how to let your guests know you prefer money as a wedding gift. I see nothing wrong with saying you prefer cash for a wedding gift. Everyone wants cash, but not everyone feels comfortable saying it. So here are some tips on how to ask for cash for wedding gift: -- DO NOT print it on the invitation. No matter how cleverly or playfully you word it, it’s tacky to give invitations with strings attached. Also, when you look at your wedding invitations 15 years from now, do you really want to see a request for cash printed there? --If you decide not to print invitations (we didn’t), you’ll invite people personally or over the phone; that’s you verbal invitation. Verbal and printed invitations follow the same rule: DO NOT mention gifts. Unless of course the guest asks you what gifts you prefer. Do not speak of gifts at the time of invitation. (more…)
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