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MONEY MATTERS: Walking down the aisle with a financial plan

FRANKLIN LIVING JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024

Planning a wedding is a joyous journey, but without proper financial planning, it can also become a stressful one. Let’s explore key aspects of budget friendly weddings, helping you create lasting memories without breaking the bank.

Setting a Realistic Budget

Begin by establishing a budget that aligns with your financial situation. Consider all expenses, including venue, catering, attire and unexpected costs. Having a clear budget will prevent overspending and financial stress down the road. Financial communication is crucial at this stage. Openly discuss finances with your partner and any contributing family members. Transparency is key to avoiding misunderstandings and ensuring everyone is on the same page.

Prioritizing Expenses

Identify your priorities and allocate a larger portion of your budget to these aspects of the big day. Whether it’s a dream venue or a top-tier photographer, understanding your must-haves will help you allocate funds wisely. Don’t forget, you can negotiate with vendors to secure the best deals. Don’t hesitate to compare quotes and explore different options, ensuring you get the most value for your money.

Saving Strategies

Start saving early to ease the financial burden. Consider opening a dedicated wedding savings account and explore cost-cutting measures without sacrificing quality. One way you might be able to help the budget is by taking a critical look at your guest list. Trim your guest list to a manageable size. Remember, each additional guest means added expenses. Prioritize inviting those who truly matter to you and your partner.

DIY vs. Professional Services

Assess which elements of the wedding you can handle yourself and where professional services are crucial. DIY projects can add a personal touch, but be mindful of your time and expertise. Make smart decisions when it comes to choosing what you will do versus what you will hire out.

Post-Wedding Financial Planning

Plan for life beyond the wedding day. Discuss financial goals, merge accounts if necessary, and create a roadmap for your financial future together.

As you embark on this exciting journey, remember that a financially savvy approach to wedding planning can enhance your celebration without burdening your future. By prioritizing, saving strategically and making informed choices, you’ll ensure your wedding day is not only memorable but financially sound.


Emily Mays is vice president/chief administrative officer at Community Spirit Bank in Red Bay, working in finance for 15 years. She is an enthusiastic social media marketer, financial literacy advocate and go-local supporter.

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