#PersonalFinance: Finances and getting married

Marriage is the coming together of two lives and two separate financial histories and situations. And while your financial
history may continue to influence your finances now, you’ll also be contending with a lifetime of new money-related
experiences and decisions together.

The key to success is preparing yourself and your spouse to handle the unexpected, while also learning to communicate with each other about financial matters.

Talking about finances
Financial problems are a factor contributing to many divorces.So how do you keep marital finances from putting a strain on your relationship?

First, get to know each other’s financial histories, strengths,goals and challenges. Discuss your experiences with money,

saving and credit. Ask about your partner’s financial history
and what he or she expects when it comes to marital finances and financial planning.

Financial planning
Before you tie the knot, it can be useful to meet with a qualified, objective financial planner together. A financial
planner can help you develop financial goals as a couple and create a shared budget.

This is also an excellent way to ensure you are in agreement about important financial topics. The Financial Planning
Association™ offers valuable information on finding a qualified professional to meet your financial planning needs.
Planning an affordable wedding

With the average American wedding costing $25,000, the event runs the risk of saddling couples with relationship-
crippling debt for years to come. Here are a few tips for planning a memorable yet affordable wedding:

Develop a budget, prioritising the parts of the wedding that are most important to you and your spouse-to-be; then cut back on expenses in other areas. Limit the guest list to close friends and family.

Hold your ceremony and reception in one location – it will cut travel time for vendors you pay by the hour.

When shopping for wedding attire, be sure to check outlet stores. If there is a photographer you love but his or her prices are not in your budget, ask them if they have an associate who may be able to photograph your wedding for less.

Substitute less expensive seasonal and local flowers for more expensive options, or use more greenery. Order a small one or two-tiered cake for display; then supplement with a larger sheet cake served from the kitchen.

Consider a weekend honeymoon nearby and then have a more elaborate trip for your first anniversary.

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