Shoot Queue

On the lead up to the wedding, be prepared to hear “what are you getting yourself in for?” jokes from all sides. They get a little tedious, but they’re not hard to laugh along with. What is harder to laugh along with, however, is the few jokes you’ll hear about the cost of the wedding. That feels like much less of a laughing matter, but you needn’t worry so much about it. If you’re concerned with costs, here are a few ways to get it off your mind.

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Save, save, save (and save some more)

If you haven’t set the date yet, then consider putting it off for some time. Rather than just leaving it to some indistinct future, give yourself a savings goal and set the date as soon as you hit it. The best way to create that savings goal is to fill out a whole wedding budget. There’s no rush on, so take your time and get the money you need.

Get your credit right

A lot of people rely on installment loans online, these days, and the wedding is precisely the kind of occasion that these loans are perfect for. You can leave it for yourself to pay for later, but to make sure you get the best deal possible, ensure your credit score is healthy. A credit check can highlight any erroneous or dishonest black marks on your report that could end up seeing you paying more in interest or even being declined a loan.

Trim the fat

If your budget simply doesn’t match your initial plans for the wedding, then it’s time to consider changing that budget. There are a lot of ways to save money on the wedding. A smaller venue, fewer guests, a little more DIY in the mix. Get inventive and those costs can shrink exponentially.

Make sure you’re protected

It’s not all about what you’re spending, either. You have to be concerned about what might happen if the wedding doesn’t go as planned. A delay, a family emergency, something can change your plans, and if you’re not prepared with some wedding insurance, it can be an unmitigated disaster. Insurance is there to make sure you get your costs covered if the wedding doesn’t go ahead as it is supposed to. You shouldn’t obsess with the idea of what might get in the way of the wedding, but it’s good to have some protections.

The greatest gift of all

Okay, so marrying the love of your life is clearly the greatest gift of all, but money isn’t all that bad, either. Don’t be coy when it comes to asking for money instead of wedding gifts to help you recoup some of the costs. If you feel a little selfish doing it, then you can make sure a portion of all the money you receive goes to a charity. Letting your guests know that will make them more likely to give more, too.

Don’t let money become a source of stress leading up to the wedding. If you’re worried about it, have a frank talk with your partner about your finances, about cutting back some expenses, or taking out a loan. Free your mind so you can enjoy the occasion.

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