Starting a relationship as husband and wife can be challenging. Just to name a few of the challenges, there’s figuring out how to handle the practical life issues of living under the same roof, assuming the couple hasn’t already lived together, learning how to build in quality time together to avoid getting into a daily rut, and learning how to take care of one another in times of illness.
So why would a couple want to create the huge obstacle called debt when planning their wedding? Finances is such a pivotal department in a couple’s relationship that to start off in debt just from the wedding makes no sense to me. Yet, many couples do it. Whether they neglect to make a budget and stick with it, or lose site of the budget and get caught up in all the add-ons to make their day “perfect,” the final result is sobering, to say the least. No matter how fun and exciting creating a big, expensive wedding might be, the financial hangover feels like running into a brick wall. Debt stops a couple in their post-marital bliss tracks and plops stress and pressure in their lap. What a way to start a marriage!
Everyone wants to have a wedding day he or she can remember and about which they can feel good. I know of many couples who design their wedding day with cost in mind and get more creative and innovative because of financial limitations. And, in fact, the wedding day ends up being more meaningful because of their creativity. To learn about a couple who took this idea of a wedding on a budget to an extreme (it worked for them), click here.