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What You Should Know About the Cost of Getting Married

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So, you’ve begun planning your wedding! This is an exciting time, but it’s important to be aware of the costs associated with getting married. Taking some time to plan and research will be beneficial to you in the long run and it can help your big day be less of a stress.

Know Where Your Money is Going

When planning out how your money will be spent on your wedding, it’s important to know how it will all be divided. This includes knowing what items will take the majority of your budget. One of your biggest costs will be in the venue and the catering since the main portion of your actual wedding will be spent here. Smaller proportions of your budget will likely go to invitations, favors, flowers, etc. Of course, before you can even begin dividing up your money, you should settle on a guest list. Knowing how many people will be attending can help you make decisions on how much you can spend on the venue and other items.

Financing Options

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive. The first thing you should ask yourself before making solid plans is how exactly you will pay for the wedding. In many cases, parents will help pay for part or all of the wedding. Have a candid discussion with your parents about each of your expectations. Don’t just assume. Perhaps you plan on paying for your own wedding. Having a savings fund available can be very helpful, but only if you planned to use that money that way. Another way to finance your wedding is by using credit for some of the associated costs. There are benefits to buying a ring on credit. You can purchase your ring when you need it, and then have plenty of time to pay it off. This can help delay the cost until after the wedding.

Know When to Compromise

Many people have a clear idea of what their perfect wedding is. However, if you try to stick to that ideal wedding too much it can lead to overspending. When making a wedding budget and planning out everything, know that it’s okay to compromise on things. If you have the opportunity to save, it’s probably smart to take it. If there are things that are non-negotiable for you, then downsize in other areas of your wedding. Having the perfect wedding doesn’t mean driving yourself into debt.

Your wedding is a special day. It’s the beginning of a new adventure with the most important person in your life. Of course, you still need to be mindful of the logistics and the cost. Make sure you’re aware of what you need to do and how the costs will affect you.

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