While nobody wants to talk about the economic realities of getting married, the recent worldwide recession has opened a lot of people’s eyes (at least for now) about how much a person can comfortably spend. While spending for a great experience is great, there are times when what you want ideally has to come down a little bit to touch the ground you are standing on. In cases such as paying for your wedding, this is especially true. While your wedding should ideally be an extremely happy, once in a lifetime event, planning how to pay for it is a very useful series of thoughts to go through early.
After all, who wants to start their new life together saddled with tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt for something they only have pictures of? While your ceremony might have been magical, the magic might rub off after a few years worth of making payments on it. But how can you pay cash for your wedding, when most people just go into debt to make it happen?
For starters, you have to plan ahead. While you might have just popped the question, you can start out right now by having a serious conversation with your love about the most important components of the wedding to you both. While most people will start out talking about it being “perfect,” what does that really mean? Having a clear vision of what you really want can help you strip away a lot of the extraneous (and extra costly) parts that will do you no good at all. Focus on spending for what you’re really going to enjoy.