How to Get Married Without Going Broke, And Other Stories
In case you missed it, Make Change had a pretty awesome Wedding Week earlier this month. We mostly talked about how to get married without going broke, but we also discussed how to combine finances as a newly married couple, shop for your first house, and how to commit to a financially sound future together. We talked about sexist wedding traditions that really need an upgrade. Hell, we even played with the idea of ditching the whole thing by having a cheap courthouse wedding and not inviting anyone!
There's an unromantic side of weddings, and that's the price tag that comes with it. No matter how we stretch it, traditional weddings are expensive. Here's how three thrifty brides got the wedding of their dreams while sticking to their budget.
"We didn't skip the reception because we're unsentimental people. Believe me, we're so sweet together it'll make your teeth hurt," writes Jed Oelbaum in a first-hand account of his wedding to his soulmate—an affair that cost them under $100.
An engagement should be a thrilling time, and planning your wedding should be enjoyable, not stressful. But how are you going to pay for that day without financially derailing all the days that come after it? We talk with counselors of the family and credit variety to learn why it's important to have tough budget discussions before getting hitched.
Did you know the garter toss tradition originated from a time where guests would watch the newly married couple do the deed to prove they sealed the deal? Gross, right? As we consider these age-old customs, as well as the expectations of family and friends, it's impossible not to recognize that these wedding traditions are in dire need of an upgrade.
Congratulations! You've met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Here's a run-down of all the different ways you can combine your finances, and the pros and cons of each.
For many couples, the search for a home can put a strain on their relationship. But house hunting can be a rewarding experience for couples, as long as you and your spouse are prepared for the process.