How to Earn Extra Money to Help Pay for Your Wedding Day
One of the biggest struggles in wedding planning is setting a wedding budget and finding the money to make it happen. Maybe your personal budget is tight due to other financial commitments like student loans, car payments, etc.
If that's the case, have you thought of trying to find ways to earn extra money to put towards your wedding day fund?
I've been asking around and it turns out there are lots of options if you're looking to earn extra money for your wedding!
The most important thing I wanted to highlight was ways that are fun and flexible, so you can do them in addition to your day job, without the need to pick up a part-time position somewhere else.
Below is a list of some of the ideas we came across for Ways to Earn Extra Money for Your Wedding!
Ways to Earn Extra Money to Help Pay for Your Wedding
Are you good with kids? Consider doing some babysitting! Post yourself online at sites like Care.com or SitterCity.com – you could even try Craigslist or the community listings at your church or other local groups. Whether you're looking for something steady or just want to pick up some weekends — this can be a great way to earn extra cash to put towards wedding funds! Just think– if you get kids who are of a certain age/skill level, you might even be able to get them to help you with some DIY wedding projects… 😉
Another great option for earning some money for your wedding is petsitting. If you don't have any family or friends in need of a petsitter, you can check out this new website that connects dog-owners with caring, local dog-sitters. It's called Rover.com, and is a great way for couples to earn some extra money on their own schedule and at their own home.
The site also provides dog owners with an alternative to kennels and there's nothing like a little furry friend to relieve some wedding-related stress. Puppy and kitty snuggles to the rescue! Rover.com petsitters have used the money they've earned to go towards wedding and honeymoon expenses, and if you're a pet-owner yourself you'll definitely want to bookmark this site in case you need a petsitter yourself for your upcoming honeymoon!
AirBNB is a website that allows you to rent out your home (or even just a room inside your home) for a short period of time. Have extra space or maybe you've got a trip coming up? Rent out that space to someone who's visiting your area! The site has policies in effect to protect the renters and rentees, so you can rent with confidence.
If you live in a desirable destination for tourists, you'll have no problems finding renters. Many travelers are opting to rent out furnished apartments equipped with a kitchen and all the comforts of home over a hotel! If you have more of an unfinished raw space, you may want to consider renting it out for events via a site like Peerspace.
Have a car and some extra time? Consider signing up to be an Uber or Lyft driver! Ridesharing is a hot trend, especially in cities where having a car isn't essential. If you've got reliable transportation, sign up and start driving in your free time after work or on weekends. When I was living in NYC, I didn't often take cabs because they are so expensive. But Uber and Lyft are much more affordable, and I've found the drivers to be WAY nicer, too!
FREELANCE / TUTORING
Have a marketable skill? Graphic design, copy editing, social media management, accounting? What about Tutoring or teaching an instrument or skill like knitting or web coding? Share that you're looking for freelance work and start picking up jobs on the side. Every little bit helps! Check out sites like Elance.com or even Craigslist or job postings.
WORKING AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
With the number of people running their own businesses now, the need for virtual assistants is through the roof! If you've got extra time and are detail oriented, find a virtual assistant position. Check out sites like Odesk or Outsourcely to peruse job listings and find a position that's right for you!
Do you have stuff you don't really need but hate to throw away? One man's trash is another man's treasure! Sell textbooks, used clothing, collectibles, or whatever else you've got cluttering up your closet on eBay or Craigslist! You'll be surprised at how quickly your cash adds up, and how therapeutic clearing the clutter can be! (If it doesn't spark joy, it goes on eBay, girlfriend!)
I have a friend whose partner scoured thrift shops for cheap baseball caps. He'd buy them for a couple bucks each, then clean them up and resell them for $25+ each on eBay. It turned into quite a fun side project for him, he earned a few hundred extra dollars to put towards wedding expenses. Pretty sweet!
DECLUTTER & SELL YOUR STUFF
If you want to turn some of the old/obsolete items in your home into cash, you could consider selling old tech devices, CDs, DVDs, BluRays, and more with Decluttr or Gazelle. Get rid of old cell phones, tablets, etc and put that extra money into your wedding fund!
Are you creative? Do you like to make things? Do you paint, craft, sew, knit or make jewelry? Maybe you should consider creating an Etsy shop! Working on something creative can be very therapeutic and good for the heart. And selling those things for extra money can be good for your wallet! A great way to physically relieve stress while relieving some financial stress, too!
Make sure to weigh the time invested as well as material costs into your pricing. You want to know you are making enough to justify your time spent! Former bride blogger Dana created an Etsy shop after crafting her own wedding garter and has since gone on to expand into lapel pins as well! She was able to make a little extra money for her big day and is continuing on with her blossoming business post-wedding as well!
Have you considered picking up a part-time job or side-hustle? You could even get extra work in weddings! Perhaps your wedding planner needs an assistant to set up on some of her other weddings. Or maybe your florist could use an extra set of hands with set up and breakdown. Offer your time in exchange for payment or even work off your wedding balance! You could even consider offering your services and working as a master of ceremonies or DJ to bring in some extra money.
You could also consider joining a direct sales or MLM business! Start a side-hustle to help pay for your wedding– we like to call them BRIDE hustles! And if you're looking for something you can do from the convenience of home, check out this list of Ways to Make Extra Money Online to help pay for your wedding.
Want to learn all about launching your own side hustle to make extra money? Check out this course from our friends at I Like to Dabble:
What do you think of our list? Have you taken on any of these gigs to earn some extra cash for your big day?
Being able to earn additional money to put towards your wedding fund enables you to have the wedding you want on the timeline you choose. What sort of things would you do to afford your dream day?
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Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.